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  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What follows is an invitation from ASTC to join them in international science centre day activities.  Please note that we are discussing potential Canada-wide activities that can help generate awareness nation-wide.  If you have ideas about what this could be, please send send them my way.

    ASTC has joined with science center networks worldwide to establish the first annual International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) on November 10, 2016, with the support and assistance of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).  This day of global celebration, the first of its kind for our field, has been launched to help science centers everywhere gain recognition and support for the enormous contributions that they make in communities all over the world.  Our goal is to ensure that the activities of as many centers as possible are included in this campaign to recognize and support our field. 

    ISCSMD will be an annual high-visibility event for the global science center community. This year, the day will focus on global sustainability. A quick glance at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will tell you that our science centers and museums are already deeply committed to engaging visitors on these important topics. 

    This is your chance to show how your science center is making a difference in your community.  On November 10, we will celebrate with a variety of activities at science centers as part of a worldwide campaign to recognize our great work on global sustainability throughout the year.  We want to include as many CASC institutions as possible in this message. We hope that you will join your science centre colleagues in preparing for and participating in the ISCSMD!  Here’s how you can include your work in this special day and the associated campaign:

    • ·       Mark your calendars and save the date of November 10, 2016.  Be sure that you are included among the thousands of institutions that are invited to participate. Gain global recognition for your on-going activities, launch new initiatives, and share in the campaign to support our field.
    • ·       Visit the ISCSMD Website.  Add your stories to those of science centers and museums around the world that have written about their on-going activities in global sustainability.  This will be a vivid demonstration of how we are helping millions of people learn about these global challenges and become real agents of change. We need your examples to further strengthen our message. Don’t delay!  Non-ASTC members are welcome to participate
    • ·       Begin now identifying one or several activities (ongoing or planned) that might be designated on November 10, 2016 as supporting global sustainability and the objectives of ISCSMD.   The ISCSMD website’s toolkit will soon include logo files and communication suggestions to help you promote your ISCSMD activities. In the meantime, go to the website and complete the form at www.iscsmd.org/map/form/ so we can include your participation on our interactive map, which will be unveiled officially at this year’s ASTC annual conference in September. Don’t wait to include your institution on the map!
    • ·       Stay tuned!  There is a lot more planned for ISCSMD, and we will keep you updated on all new activities and events as they are being developed in collaboration with science center networks throughout the world.
    Thanks in advance for helping our field to increase our visibility and relevance through this worldwide collaboration.


  • Monday, July 25, 2016 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Halifax Discovery Centre is hosting one last party at its Barrington Street location on Saturday before closing its doors.

    “It’s bittersweet,” president and CEO Dov Bercovici said in a news release.

    “We’ve had such an incredible run here at Barrington Street, and for such a long time, that it’s hard to imagine not being here. But, at the same time it’s exciting because our new facility, which will open soon, is going to be amazing!” Read more.


  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jamie Purves, an educator with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, visited the library here last week with his solar telescope, a piece of equipment that allowed youth ages three through 11 to safely observe the sun and learn more about the wonders of space.

    “I think it’s important because I think it inspires kids to think of science as something that’s cool and interesting and possibly a career choice,” Purves said. “I think that’s really the key to what we’re doing here.” Read more


  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The steady thump of adze against cottonwood harkens to the deep rhythmic sound of a native drum beat.

    Two people are bent in labour over the hull of the dugout canoe Friday at The Exploration Place as another stands off to the side and takes a puck sharpening stone to his favourite ax.

    It's day nine and the canoe is almost done.

    Once completed and after its inaugural dip into the Nechako and Fraser Rivers during the Northern Hardware Canoe Race this Sunday, the 16-foot canoe will be part of the Path of Our Paddle exhibit in the museum. Read more


  • Friday, July 08, 2016 11:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Juno, welcome to Jupiter,” said mission control commentator, Jennifer Delavan, of Lockheed Martin, the company that built Juno.

    Scott Young was watching that moment on NASA TV, and like many space enthusiasts around the world on Monday July 4th, he was thrilled with the success of the mission. Read more


  • Friday, July 08, 2016 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre just introduced their Alberta and the Great War display, which sheds light on intricate details surrounding the First World War, and the sacrifices that Albertans made for this cause.

    This showcase opened on Friday, and will be on display until September 17. Read more


  • Friday, July 08, 2016 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Standing in the eye of a tornado might sound silly, downright dangerous or altogether impossible.

    It’s an ill-advised adrenaline rush for most.

    But for David Marskell, CEO of TheMuseum, it’s the big payoff.

    In his opinion, it’s the best part of a new 5,200-square-foot exhibit dubbed Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters. Read more

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2016 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tobin said that Exploration Place took special interest in sharing this tradition because their facility is located on the site of the ages-old Lheidli T'enneh village before they were evicted through what history now sees as a combination of dirty deals and violence in about 1913.

    "We are going to do a lot more with Lheidli T'enneh artifacts and representing them here. We have some new, permanent features coming," Tobin said.

    Museum CEO Tracy Calogheros said the expanded Lheidli T'enneh presence in their exhibit hall was going to be named Path Of The Paddle, which is where the dugout demonstration idea is rooted. Read more


  • Wednesday, July 06, 2016 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s certain the first farmers in Manitoba were First Nations people, likely near the site of modern-day Lockport.

    That’s why a group of anthropology students from the University of Manitoba spent five weeks at the site this spring, searching for artifacts that could help us learn more about these early agriculturalists.

    The project spearheaded by Dr. E. Leigh Syms of the Manitoba Museum, is only the fourth time there has been any archeological excavating on the banks of the Red River beside the St. Andrew’s Dam and Lock in Lockport. The students earned credit towards a field-study class. Read more

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2016 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Manitoba Museum is gearing up for the opening of its Terry Fox exhibit, set to run from July 14 to October 10, 2016.

    Titled Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada, the exhibit provides an in-depth look at Terry’s 143-day, 5,373-kilometre journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the land on which we learn and live is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

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