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Featured Exhibitions

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:

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not®
Cohon Family Nature Escape
The AstraZeneca Human Edge

 

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not®

Explore the real science behind the unbelievable

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May 20 to September 5, 2016


The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!® is a highly interactive exhibition with experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactives and multimedia experiences. Students can follow their natural curiosity in the unusual and remarkable as they explore the real science behind the unbelievable!

Crawl through a life-size model of the prehistoric snake, Titanoboa, and learn how the Colombian climate 60 million years ago contributed to its remarkable size. Measure up against Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, who grew to 2.72 m tall (8 feet 11 inches) and explore the science behind conditions that cause unusual growth in humans. Uncover how it is biologically possible to safely swallow a sword, and then order up an insect dish at the Bug Bistro to learn about entomophagy, the practice of eating insects.

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The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® is a joint production between Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Science North. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a registered trademark of Ripley Entertainment Inc.


Cohon Family Nature Escape
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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.

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The Cohon Family Nature Escape was generously supported by Mark and Suzanne Cohon.


The AstraZeneca Human Edge

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

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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.

The AstraZeneca Human Edge
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