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QUANTUM: The Exhibition

Special Exhibition: Until January 6, 2019

Delve into the realm of the subatomic, where particles, forces and fields reign supreme. Deepen your understanding of quantum mechanics as you learn about superposition, entanglement and uncertainty. Discover that things at the subatomic level behave very differently from those at the macroscopic level, defying our human-scale intuition.

See how physicists like Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger and others advanced and reconceived the theoretical framework for quantum mechanics over time.

Building on the basics, examine how quantum mechanics and today’s information technology are merging to create technologies and applications that will revolutionize how we live, work and play – from bits to qubits.

Through hands-on exhibits, unique artifacts, informational videos and multimedia games, explore the fascinating world of quantum theory and get a new perspective on how the world works.

Curriculum Connection:
  • Revolutions in Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity (Physics 12)

QUANTUM: The Exhibition was created by the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, which is the Knowledge Partner for the exhibition’s run of engagement at the Ontario Science Centre. 

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New Eyes on the Universe

Special Exhibition: Until January 6, 2019

New Eyes on the Universe tells the story of Nobel Prize-winning results from Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and the experiments currently underway at SNOLAB — a two kilometre-deep underground research facility in Sudbury specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics. With a virtual tour of SNOLAB, unique artifacts, spectacular imagery and a model of the original neutrino detector, this exhibition highlights some of the exciting research happening in our province that’s providing new insights and pushing frontiers in particle astrophysics.

Curriculum Connections:
  • Astronomy (Science of the Universe)(Earth and Space Science 12)
  • Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic Fields (Physics 12)
  • Revolutions in Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity (Physics 12)
New Eyes on the Universe is owned by SNOLAB and tour managed by Science North. 

 

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Mental Health: The Science of Anxiety
(Grades 6-8 and 9-12)

Special Program:
January 28 to February 1, 2019 and May 6-10, 2019 (Grades 6-8)
October 3-5, 2018 and May 13-17, 2019 (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: January 28 to February 1, 2019 and May 6-10, 2019; 11-11:45 & 12-12:45
         Grades 9-12: October 3-5, 2018 and May 13-17, 2019; 11-11:45
  • 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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Characteristics of Electricity (Grade 9)

Special Program: November 26 & December 3, 2018 and May 23 & 30, 2019     

Witness the power of electricity by firing a Tesla coil! 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: 12-12:45
  • Dates: November 26 & December 3, 2018 and May 23 & 30, 2019
    (November 19, 2018 and May 16, 2019 are no longer available.)     
  • Price: $12 per student
Curriculum Connections:
  • Electrical Applications (9)
  • The Characteristics of Electricity (9)


Supported by: 
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Book Characteristics of Electricity now!
 
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Climate Change (Grade 10) 

Special Program: November 22, 29 & December 6, 2018 and April 11, 18 & 25, 2019
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: 11-11:45
  • Dates: November 22, 29 & December 6, 2018 and April 11, 18 & 25, 2019
  • Price: $12 per student
Curriculum Connections:
  • Climate Change (10)
  • Earth's Dynamic Climate (10)
Book Climate Change now!
 
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