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RBC Innovators’ Ball – How a Glittery Night is Quenching the Thirst for Discovery

December 5, 2017

The Ontario Science Centre was transformed into a glittery ballroom on November 7th as more than 500 business and community leaders gathered for an evening of celebration in honour of science and curiosity. Click to view the full blog on RBC Innovators' Ball – How a Glittery Night is Quenching the Thirst for Discovery.

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How’s Your Science Literacy?

September 18, 2017

Are you among the eight in ten Canadians concerned that “fake news” is damaging the public perception of science? This finding, among others, was brought to light this week in the Ontario Science Centre’s second annual science literacy survey. Click to view the full blog on How’s Your Science Literacy.

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The Idea behind the Power of Ideas

August 18, 2017

The Perimeter Institute’s engaging and immersive travelling exhibit, the Power of Ideas, is heading to the Ontario Science Centre. Click to view the full blog on The Idea behind the Power of Ideas.

Orange circle that looks like it has a bite taken out of it, which is the moon covering part of the sun.

Solar Eclipse Party – it’s out of this World!

August 15, 2017

Mark your calendars because at exactly 2:32 p.m. ET on August 21, 2017, the Moon will come between the Sun and Earth to create a solar eclipse. To celebrate this celestial event the Ontario Science Centre, in collaboration with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), will be hosting a free viewing party. Click to view the full blog on Social Eclipse Party – it’s out of this World!

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Science Camp – developing our future science communicators and leaders

August 3, 2017

Camp is always a place to play and explore, but at the Ontario Science Centre’s Summer Camps it is also where campers, and counsellors alike, get to grow and learn. Click to view the full blog on Science Camp – developing our future science communicators and leaders.

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Inventorium – Inventing a new way forward for the Ontario Science Centre

July 19, 2017

The Ontario Science Centre’s newest experience, Inventorium, is a space where visitors can create their own innovations. From building an interactive sculpture, to helping spin a giant web made of packing tape, to learning how to tend to your own plant pavilion, Inventorium is all about seeing how something works, testing it out and, if it fails, trying it in a different way. It’s as much an experiment for visitors as it is for the Science Centre itself. Click to view the full blog on Inventorium – Inventing a new way forward for the Ontario Science Centre.

Credit: Emma Perlaky with Ontario Wood Carvers Association. Picture of a maple leaf carved on a tree.  Inside the maple leaf is a girl (Sky Woman) who looks like she is flying, surrounded by a turtle and a flock of birds.

Life after death for The Maple Leaf Forever Tree

July 19, 2017

July 19 is a special day for carvers with the Ontario Wood Carvers Association. It is the day three years of their hard work and dedication on The Maple Leaf Forever Tree was unveiled at the Ontario Science Centre. It is also the anniversary of when this silver maple was knocked down in a storm from its home on 62 Laing Street in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood back in 2013. Click to view the full blog on Life after death for The Maple Leaf Forever Tree.

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Re-opening of the Cohon Family Nature Escape

July 13, 2017

The Cohon Family Nature Escape is sliding into action when it re-opens for the season on July 15. Click to view the full blog on Re-opening of the Cohon Family Nature Escape.

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Inventorium at Maker Festival: Making Connections

July 7, 2017

The maker community is all about making connections and that’s what the Ontario Science Centre’s new dynamic, curiosity-driven space, Inventorium, does. Now mix this energy, with a two day maker space haven on July 8th and 9th at the Toronto Reference Library for Maker Festival and the combination is electric. Click to view the full blog on Inventorium at Maker Festival: Making Connections.

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Weaving Our Way into History

June 30, 2017

We're weaving our way into history at the Ontario Science Centre by creating a special coverlet on our 19th-Century Jacquard Loom. For nearly 150 years the Single Rose pattern has not been made, but that is all changing thanks to Hans Baer. Click to view the full blog on Weaving Our Way into History.

Our graduates: Science School's 70th graduating class

Students graduate from Ontario Science Centre’s hidden gem: Science School

June 23, 2017

Usually students graduate high school wearing a cap and gown, but not for these twenty-three students. Instead they were donning their red lab coats Friday! That’s because they’re from the Ontario Science Centre’s best kept secret: its Science School. Click to view the full blog on Students graduate from Ontario Science Centre’s hidden gem: Science School.

Anmol Tukrel, the 2017 Weston Youth Innovation Award winner.

Markham Teen’s iDentifi wins Ontario Science Centre’s 2017 Weston Youth Innovation Award

June 2017

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. But how do you know what you’re looking at if you can’t see? Anmol Tukrel believes he has the answer with his iDentifi app, which helps the visually impaired identify objects using a smartphone. He has just won the Ontario Science Centre’s 2017 Weston Youth Innovation Award because of it. Click to view the full blog on Markham Teen’s iDentifi wins Ontario Science Centre’s 2017 Weston Youth Innovation Award.