THEMUSEUM hosted a wide range of free public speakers which attracted audiences not normally reached through the centre's usual programming. Topics ranged from using Quantum in health care to Quantum security, topics that were a great addition to QUANTUM: The Exhibit that was ran between October 14 to January 1, and coincided with many of the public lectures.
THEMUSEUM was able to attract a large audience including young scientists with a girl guide sleepover and the QUBIT club which was able to stimulate curiosity in the young minds and made the whole event a success.
As the site of the National tour Launch, Science World BC hosted two Federal Government Ministers as well as a Provincial Minister for the launch event, which included the opening of the Power of Ideas Exhibit, and an engaging talk by Neil Turok. Over the course of the festival, Science World BC hosted 23 events targeting a diverse audience.
The Power of Ideas Exhibition ran from January 19 to 24, invited visitors to explore the processes of science, that are critical to the work accomplished by researchers. The exhibition was joined by the The Power of Ideas Presentation by Perimeter Institute, that shares the wonders of science and its importance to innovation. Workshops ran through Actua Maker Mobile were presented to school groups as well as the public, included Internet Everywhere, Innovation Generation, Everyone Can Code, Making Canadian Makers and the Innovation Station.
QUANTUM: The Exhibition coincided with the festival and the Power of Ideas tour, showcased Canada’s scientific excellence in quantum information science and technology using demonstrations to enhance the visitor experience and overall helping to inspire visitors.
The Exploration Place
Hosted on January 21, 2017 The Exploration Place held a community event which encouraged people of all ages to come out and participate in science themed activities. With exhibitors like Science World, BC Green Games, UNBC Chemistry Club, Prince George Astronomical Society and many others, The Exploration Place provided hands on activities for its participants and engage the whole community.
The NRI hosted Dr. Giesbrecht, a leader in the field of human physiology in cold temperatures to discuss cold water safety. He conducted 6 lectures and 2 media interviews reaching audiences across Nunavut. The Institute informed the general public, as well as students and health professionals about the dangers of cold water submersion and techniques to get out. For the health professionals, the treatments of people with hypothermia was addressed to ensure proper practices. These activities effectively informed the community about cold water safety, which is much needed in Nunavut.
Youth Science Canada in collaboration with the Innovation festival in Regina, held the annual Canada Wide Science Fair from May 14 to 20. With over 4,000 people attending the STEAM 2017: Festival of Learning and 583 participants in the fair, Youth Science Canada celebrated the young innovative Canadians and acknowledge their achievements. Hosting both the Power of Ideas Exhibit and the Actua Maker Mobile they promoted the power of innovation within the public.
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton hosted both a weekend community festival, and The Rock n’ Roll n’ Space show featuring science communication icon Jay Ingram. The weekend community festival, held in conjunction with the Power of Ideas Tour, included a Canada 150 Celebration with Edmonton’s largest mentos and coke geyser, and Science of Survival activities throughout the day.
The Innovation Festival: Saskatchewan was led provincially by the Saskatchewan Science Centre with the aim to raise the profile of Canada’s achievements in the world of STEM. Events took place in all areas of the province through March to June including Quantum: The Exhibition which was hosted at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Science Centre Go! Science outreach team provided additional support programming at the museum to run activities such as Bridging the Gap, Scribble Bots, Makey Makey, Hoop Planes, Wind Car and the Canadarm Challenge. The Go! Science outreach team also travelled with the The Power of Ideas Tour team to schools throughout the province for complementary programming. In the evening of March 30 the Saskatchewan Science Centre hosted a Beer & Quantum talk led by the Institute of Quantum Computing’s Martin Laforest.
The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre ran a series of events to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada through the week of June 25 to 30, in the immediate lead-up to the 1st of July. One of these events was a Citizenship Ceremony, welcoming new citizens from 16 different countries. As Canada Day approached, a series of free nature tours on Manuels River were offered to the general public with topics including birds, botany, human history, geology, wetlands and palaeontology. During this week a series of Canadian themed events took place including a trivia contest, a Dinner and a Movie evening, a scavenger hunt and of course a Canada Day breakfast. Also offered was a special Canadian Innovators version of Young Scientist, which encouraged participants to think about Canadian innovators through our nation’s history.
TELUS Spark was pleased to participate in the three experiences offered by the Innovation 150 initiative. The Power of Ideas Tour was hosted at TELUS Spark from June 7 to 13, and was available to regular daily visitors, as well as an adult-oriented evening event. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, visited the Power of Ideas exhibition and Maker Mobile joined by 100+ youth in a private reception for the launch of the Exhibition at TELUS Spark. On July 6, TELUS Spark hosted a half-day forum around the topic of Communicating and Teaching STEM (and STEAM) concepts with 11 knowledgeable panelists. This panel promoted QUANTUM: The Exhibition which was hosted by TELUS Spark from June 26 to August 7.
Science North hosted the Power of Ideas Tour from July 24-26 as part of its Summer 2017 program. During this period, Science North also showcased 101 Inventions That Changed the World in their Special Exhibition Hall, a major exhibition that complemented the ideas shown in the Power of Ideas Tour. The content and style of the Power of Ideas Tour was a perfect fit with the 101 Inventions That Changed the World exhibition, both focusing on themes of creativity and innovation in science and technology. 3 special workshops were offered in the Science Centre following these themes, with workshops such as the ‘MacGyver’ a Motor, which gave visitors an opportunity to tinker and experiment with a variety of everyday objects to construct simple motors.
Britannia Mine Museum ran the I Heart Carbon temporary exhibit from April 17 to October 1. The goals of the exhibit were to demystify the science of carbon, helping to counter the negative associations of carbon in contemporary media and to encourage parents and children to realize that the innovators of tomorrow are the children of today, and by stimulating imagination and creativity, we can encourage innovative minds. Two public programs ran through July and August supported the themes in the exhibit, Carbon in Nature and Making Canadian Makers.
The Ministry of Canadian Heritage approved funding for CASC Members to host informal science based programming through the Signature Initiatives Fund. As a result of this funding, CASC is working in partnership with the Perimeter Institute (PI), the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), ACTUA and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) to bring a series of exhibits, speakers and activities across Canada, with CASC Member Science Centres as the marquee locations to host the programs.
To learn more about this initiative, look at the Media Release which describes the background information and events planned in partnership with Innovation 150. To learn more about the organizations involved, please look at Partner Backgrounders.
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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