A field trip to the Ontario Science Centre is an opportunity for students to formulate questions, explore and communicate ideas, create and assess solutions and challenge themselves to consider a world of new possibilities. Bring your class to explore these special exhibitions:
Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
Red Bull Stratos Exhibit
Cohon Family Nature Escape
The AstraZeneca Human Edge
Through exciting hands-on displays, including fossils and life-sized replicas, learn how researchers use cutting-edge science and technology to excavate and analyze tusks, teeth, skin, hair and stomach contents to learn more about mammoths and mastodons, mighty creatures who roamed the northern hemisphere during the last Ice Age. Put yourself in a scientist’s shoes to uncover and connect the scientific factors that contributed to the evolution and extinction of these amazing creatures. Discover what today’s elephants reveal about mammoths and mastodons and what must be done to prevent modern elephants from extinction.
Meet the Columbian mammoth, who stood a whopping 14 feet tall, and see just how much food it consumed in a day. The exhibition features a woolly mammoth family in motion and recreations of short-faced bears and sabre-toothed cats as well as American mastodon skeletons. See camel and dire wolf skulls up close as well as displays of Paleolithic cave art, including mammoth ivory figurines. Experience what life with a trunk would be like in an interactive display that challenges visitors to reach and clasp with robotic trunks. Think critically about the questions you would ask, the discoveries you could make and the science behind the evolution and extinction of magnificent mammals like mammoths and mastodons.
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Free fall into science!
October 9, 2015 to January 11, 2016
Just ahead of the three-year anniversary of Austrian BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall of 39 kilometres from a stratospheric balloon, this travelling exhibit makes its Canadian debut.
We have the real 1,450-kilogram capsule and Baumgartner’s actual space suit! Imagine what it would have been like to make the jump – he accelerated from 0 to 1357.6 km per hour (Mach 1.25) in just 50 seconds before parachuting to the ground, breaking a number of world records.
The Red Bull Stratos mission also delivered valuable scientific data, furthering the development of protocols for exposure to high altitude and supersonic acceleration and deceleration.
Related School Programs:
- Body Works (4-8)
- Destination Space (4-8)
- Fun with Physics (4-8)
- Inventor's Challenge: Flight (5-8)
- Let's Take Flight (4-8)
- Light and Sound (4-8)
- Serious Science (7-8)
- Solar System Revealed (4-8)
Cohon Family Nature Escape
Take a walk on the wild side
Come check out our newest outdoor space, the Cohon Family Nature Escape, an urban nature trail that takes you into our Don Valley forest surroundings.
The Ontario Science Centre’s unique location within a naturally sloping ravine next to the Don River provides a corridor for a variety of wildlife. Explore what lives in our backyard. Take a picture in the spectacular Nest House, fashioned on the design of the Baltimore Oriole. Slide down a tree trunk. Find out which decomposers are chomping down dead trees. Listen to the Maple Leaf Forever song and see the tree that inspired it. Observe how nature recycles, reinvesting nutrients for new life.
Research shows that contact with nature can have positive effects on our physical, mental, cultural and spiritual health. So come on out here and explore.
- Living Things and the Environment (1-3)
- Action Earth (4-8)
- Rocks and Minerals (4-8)
- Environmental Solutions (6-8)
- Environmental Water Testing (11-12)
An exhibit hall exploring the wonders and the possibilities of the amazing human body!
The AstraZeneca Human Edge is a new exhibit hall created by the Ontario Science Centre. We collaborated extensively with leading experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, physiology, bio-mechanics, and sports medicine to develop 80 active and immersive experiences within five dynamic themes.
Watch the Video: The Making of The AstraZeneca Human Edge
How far can we push the edges of what is humanly possible?
Delve into the fundamentals of the human machine; the muscular, skeletal, respiratory and circulatory systems. Learn about strength, endurance, longevity and aging. Gaze inside the Visible Human and look at your future self with the Aging Machine. Visit our elevated glass floor and learn about the fight-or-flight response in an immersive way.
How do free divers descend to great depths on a single breath of air?
Share the experience of athletes and adventurers who are pushing their bodies to the limits in extreme environments, from the ocean floors to mountain summits. Discover how seemingly simple decisions could mean the difference between life and death.
How does the body respond when pushed past its limits?
Examine concussions, brain injuries, broken bones, diabetes and nutritional imbalances through a scientific lens. Explore the health risks of having excess body fat, including nutritional and weight loss misinformation. Learn about bionics, prosthetics and medical implants as you gain an appreciation for the science and technology involved in this field.
What changes happen to the human body as it grows from infancy to adulthood?
Explore reproduction, in-utero development, the amazing changes a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy, proportional skeletal growth and the medical advancements aiding premature babies and their respiratory challenges. Tanks of fluorescent Zebra fish demonstrate how humans inherit traits from their parents.
What do athletes discover through rigorous training and risk taking?
Investigate the human form in motion through three common fitness activities: Running, Rowing and Dancing. Explore running biomechanics and the modern day controversies around footwear. Learn how our dance floor converts energy into electricity through movement.
Bring your students to explore these and other questions about the human body, health, fitness and nutrition, so they can get a better appreciation of just how remarkable their bodies are. Delve into the fundamentals of the human machine and discover your own personal limits.
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