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Special Exhibition: September 23, 2019 to June 25, 2020

Explore how you think at our new MindWorks exhibition. Take an unforgettable journey through your own mind and question how you think, feel, and react to the world around you. Explore topics such as consciousness, decision-making, emotions, creativity, personality and much more. This exhibition will spark moments of mindfulness, challenging you and your students to question yourselves and discover answers through hands-on experiences.

MindWorks is a new exhibition developed and produced in-house at the Ontario Science Centre.

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Life of the Earth | Death of the Sun

Special Installation: September 23, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Immerse yourself in this massive multimedia work by Canadian contemporary artist Director X, renowned director/producer of popular music videos and feature films. Displayed on a giant sphere, Life of the Earth is a reflection on humanity, environmental destruction and the planet's sixth and current mass extinction of plant and animal life. Death of the Sun, which premiered at Nuit Blanche 2016, is a meditation on human mortality and our place in the universe, portraying the death of the star that sustains us. 

As part of his 2019 installation, Director X precedes Life of the Earth with Death of the Sun to further contextualize the piece and encourage discussion about the human condition.

Life of the Earth is part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. It is a collaboration between the Ontario Science Centre and the City of Toronto.

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Spectacular Science (Grades 4-8)

Special Program: September 25-27, 2019

Start the school year off with a bang! From exploding balloons to controlled lightning bolts to flying garbage cans, we’ve rolled up the most spectacular science demonstrations into one program to celebrate our 50th birthday in style.

  • Format: Special Interactive Science Presentation
  • Capacity: 15 to 350 students at a time
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Grade level: 4-8
  • Dates: September 25, 26 & 27, 2019
  • Times: 11-11:45 a.m. & 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Price: $12 / student   $6 / student 
Curriculum Connections:  
  • Light and Sound ( 4 )
  • Human Organ Systems ( 5 )
  • Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms ( 5 )
  • Properties of and Changes in Matter ( 5 )
  • Electricity and Electrical Devices ( 6 )
  • Form and Function ( 7 )
  • Pure Substances and Mixtures ( 7 )
  • Systems in Action ( 8 )
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Mental Health: The Science of Anxiety
(Grades 6-8 and 9-12)

Award-winning Special Program:
February 3-7 & May 4-8, 2020 (Grades 6-8)
Oct 7-11, 2019 & May 4-8, 2020 (Grades 9-12)
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 we 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: February 3, 4,5, 6 & 7 and May 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2020 from 11-11:45 a.m.
    Grades 9-12: October 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2019 from 11-11:45 a.m. and May 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2020 from 12-12:45 p.m.
  • Price: $12 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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