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  • Thursday, October 01, 2015 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting Saskatoon to attend the 2nd International STEMFest.  There were several highlights in the program, including a Skype presentation by Professor Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard University Innovation Lab.  He talked about the need to teach kids to be innovative in the classroom.  His entire talk was filled with Twitter-able quotes, which made it difficult to listen and tweet at the same time!  I finally resorted to old-school pen and paper so I wouldn’t miss any of his wisdom.

    Now as I review my notes, I am struck again by how science centres fit the bill when it comes to teaching innovation.  Tony talked about the need for unstructured play at all ages.  He said the purpose of school is no longer about knowledge and content as this information is readily available on the Internet.  Rather, we need to provide opportunities for students to use their natural curiosity to find out what works.  They need to try things and see what fails so that they can use what they learned to improve.  Another piece of wisdom that resonated with me is that “Innovation is a team sport and isolation is the enemy of innovation.”   

    Later that morning, I watched groups of secondary school students at the Saskatchewan Science Centre booth in the exhibit hall do exactly that.  They used straws, masking tape and cotton balls to build towers.  With no other incentive than bragging rights, they formed their own groups and worked furiously to build a tower that would withstand “wind” generated by the science demonstrator and would be taller than any of the others.

    The students carefully reviewed what other teams had already done and discussed potential improvements. They argued and tried things and pointed out what did and didn’t work.  When another group was testing the wind-resistance of their structure, other teams watched and evaluated.  In some case, they re-evaluated their own towers. 

    As science centre professionals, I don’t have to tell you what the energy was like in the room.  Some may have called it bedlam, others a controlled chaos; it was definitely exciting!  These kids were definitely innovating.  Which is probably why the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s booth was the busiest in the room!

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    Presented by: International Museum Institute, Inc.

    Available in CANADA for the first time to a whole generation, this dazzling collection of reproductions of Tutankhamun’s legendary treasures recreates the richest archaeological find of all time.  124 replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions (including his magnificent state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, spectacular funerary mask, mummy case, and royal mummy) reconstruct both the historic discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter and the life and times of Egypt’s celebrated boy king.

    An innocent puppet-ruler, Tutankhamun was caught in the midst of a dangerous and profound political, spiritual, and artistic revolution against the entire pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods by the first monotheistic religious cult in history.  Along with the magic of the sacred objects, and the infamous curse of Tutankhamun, this classic exhibition vividly brings to life the enigmatic opulent age of 18th Dynasty Egypt.

    Submitted by: 

    Alberto Acosta, Curator, at https://sites.google.com/site/iminytravellingexhibits/.

    For further information contact: iminy@cox.net or (702) 778-3451 


    PHOTO: installation–in-progress at Dynamic Earth, Sudbury, Ontario through September 7, 2015


  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Over 2,000 people walked through the Philip J. Currie Museum on September 3rd, 2015 as the museum offered free admission to area residents. Children and their parents were wowed by the lifelike dinosaur skeletons from Alberta’s Jurassic, Triassic, Cretaceous, and Devonian periods.

    The museum’s official grand opening takes place at the Entrec Centre, Grande Prairie, AB at 6 p.m. on September 26th, 2015 with the Amber Ball – featuring entertainment by Colin James and the Jim Cuddy Band!

    Congratulations on the opening of your beautiful new museum. 




  • Monday, July 13, 2015 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    Today, I heard the news that Claudia Alexander, PhD. passed away.  I met Claudia at the 2015 CASC Conference in Edmonton, when she presented the keynote address to delegates.  I was immediately impressed with her ability to make complex space science theory accessible - and interesting! - to people who aren't geophysicists (like me). I feel privileged to have been able to share in her passion for the mission during her talk at CASC2015.

    By all accounts, she was intelligent, enthusiastic and skilled at bringing people and ideas together.  What impressed me most about Claudia's story is that she became a scientist almost by accident.  She originally wanted to study journalism in college, but her parents would only agree to pay if she studied something "useful", like engineering.  She discovered a love for planetary science through a summer job and she worked hard to earn degrees in Geophysics and Space Physics.

    Claudia's final assignment with NASA was as its Project Scientist in the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  As a female scientist working in a predominantly male-oriented field, Claudia demonstrated that a passion for science knows no gender boundaries and that career opportunities exist for those that work hard for them.

    I found this quote on astronomy.com "She was known as a champion of STEM education and diversity... her words of advice to future researchers were that science and math take as much effort to master as becoming an athlete or musician, but the rewards are enormous."

    Friends and family of Dr. Claudia Alexander established a scholarship fund for academic scholarships for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) students.

    Stephanie.


  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to our new website!  We've been working on this for some time and I hope that you enjoy it.  As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know!

    Stephanie.

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