Weston Family Innovation Centre
From exciting new materials and media tools to citizen science projects and problem-solving challenges, the Weston Family Innovation Centre inspires you to experiment.
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Sights, sounds and stories straight from the exhibit floor…
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Fold and fly "The Dart", one of the many designs you can test in our Paper Airplane Zone.
Discover the secrets of everyday stuff with our interactive Strange Matter materials science site!
Listen to this podcast to find out why flying – for humans – causes jet lag.
Discover the sound science behind making music in the Weston Family Innovation Centre.
Make plans for the next "Maker Faire", to display your creative skills honed in the Challenge Zone.
See the beauty of science in action in this ferrofluid sculpture.
Listen to a podcast on what makes music emotional, like when you feel like dancing to our Sound Panels.
Meet our Weston Youth Innovation Award winners and get inspired!
Have your say in a short survey! Step inside this mid-20th century voting machine and cast your votes. Think about the questions you're asked and what conclusions could be drawn from your answers.
Throw yourself into the mix and experiment with sound samples. Jam with other sound samplers to ignite your creativity and produce some rhythms that will start everyone dancing.
So You Think You Can Fly
Find out how birds are built for flying and humans aren't. Don wings to discover how fast you can flap in wingbeats per minute. Step on a scale to see the wingspan of your avian equivalent.
Wave your hands along the harp to string together words in any order: nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions. See if the unexpected sentences that emerge on the screen make music of their own.
Play something to see what happens to a strange material called ferrofluid. Music triggers electromagnets nearby, which make the trillions of magnetic particles in the ferrofluid dance to your tune.
Avro Arrow Model
This supersonic fighter jet to intercept Soviet bombers was a model of Canadian ingenuity. But innovative design and successful testing couldn't save the Arrow project from being dismantled in 1959.
Create Something New
Think up an innovative product idea then make it happen here! Choose and combine assorted and unexpected materials to design a hat, fabricate a shoe, construct a lampshade, build a birdhouse…
Think of a storyline then stage it, shoot it and show it! Create your own animated movie frame by frame with the many tools and props provided. Unleash your imagination and see what you can do.
The Weston Family Innovation Centre can be a place for breakthroughs with your junior/intermediate and senior students with our curriculum-linked programs.
- Exhibit Halls and Experience Areas
- Special exhibitions
- Stuff for kids
- Stuff for teens
- Stuff with seats
- Especially for school visitors
- Art installations
- Visitor services