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Strange Matter

Special Exhibition: November 24, 2017 to January 21, 2018

Could a strand of spider silk stop a 747 airplane in flight? What do modern firefighters and medieval knights have in common? From car shock absorbers and eyeglass frames to NBA backboards and golf clubs, this surprising exhibition reveals the secrets of modern materials.

Bend and twist Nitinol, a memory metal that returns to its original shape when you add hot air. Zoom from the macro to the nano scale and find out how scientists "feel atoms" using Atomic Force Microscopes. Watch a column of foam grow towards the ceiling and learn about its remarkable composition.

Discover how high-tech materials become the stuff of everyday life by interacting with one of the world’s hardest substances, investigating the unusual structure of magnetic ferrofluid, and even uncovering how sand led to the computer revolution.

Your close encounter with the amazing world of modern materials awaits!

Designed and fabricated by the Ontario Science Centre. Presented by the Materials Research Society.

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Career Stories (Grades 7-8)

Special Program: February 13 & 27, 2018 
Do your students know what they want to be when they grow up? Hear first-hand from four Science Centre staff on the different career paths they have taken: What were they like in grade 8? What tough decisions did they have to make?  Our real-life role models share their experiences and demonstrate that pathways to success, while unique to everyone, are based on the development of 21stcentury competencies and a commitment to lifelong learning. Plus hear from Science School students (Grade 12) on what it’s like to go to high school at the Science Centre. (One of the four staff presenters will represent a skilled trade.

  • Format: Special Presentation
  • Capacity: 15 to 350 students at a time
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Time: 10:30-11:30
  • Dates: February 13 & 27, 2018 
  • Price: $15 per student

This program supports Creating Pathways to Success: An Education and Career/Life Planning Program for Ontario Schools.

Book Career Stories now!

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Mental Health: The Science of Anxiety
(Grades 6-8 and 11-12)

Special Program:
April 30 to May 4, 2018 (Grades 6-8)
May 7-11, 2018 (Grades 11-12)
My heart is racing, my mouth is dry and my stomach is in knots! Don’t worry, everyone feels anxious sometimes. Explore what’s really going on in our brains when we experience anxiety, how it affects our bodies and why stress can sometimes be a good thing. This interactive science presentation explains how our brains and bodies react to stress, while introducing students to evidence-based coping strategies. Mental health applies to everyone — we can all take steps to enjoy life and deal with the challenges you face each day!

  • Format: Special Interactive Science Presentation CLICKERS
  • Capacity: 15 to 350 students at a time
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Grade level: 6-8 and 11-12
  • Dates and Times:
         Grades 6-8: April 30, May 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2018; 11-11:45 and 12-12:45 
         Grades 11-12: May 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2018; 11-11:45
  • Price: $10 per student

This program supports Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

Book Mental Health: The Science of Anxiety now!

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Characteristics of Electricity (Grade 9)

Special Program: May 17, 24 & 31, 2018   

Witness the power of electricity with shocking demonstrations. From Galvani to Tesla, re-discover the practical applications of current, circuits and resistance. Understand how electric energy is generated, and be a part of a human electric circuit. Get energized with a spark-tacular static electric discharge!

  • Format: Special Interactive Science Presentation CLICKERS
  • Capacity: 15 to 300 students at a time
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Grade level: 9
  • Time: 11-11:45
  • Dates: May 17, 24 & 31, 2018            
  • Price: $10 per student
Curriculum Connections:
  • Electrical Applications (9)
  • The Characteristics of Electricity (9)
Book Characteristics of Electricity now!
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Climate Change (Grade 10) 

Special Program: April 18, 23 & 24, 2018
Understand the complex connections between human activity, greenhouse gases, heat transfer and climate change. Investigate past climate data, see ocean acidification in action and compare Canada to the world. Use a physical climate model to test whether you can stabilize the Earth's climate.

  • Format: Special Interactive Science Presentation CLICKERS
  • Capacity: 15 to 50 students at a time
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Grade level: 10
  • Times: 10-10:45, 11-11:45, 12-12:45, 1-1:45 and 2-2:45
  • Dates: April 18, 23 & 24, 2018
  • Price: $10 per student
Curriculum Connections:
  • Climate Change (10)
  • Earth's Dynamic Climate (10)
Book Climate Change now!
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