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Inventorium 2.0

Opens January 28, 2019

The scientific method meets the artistic process in this space for creative collaboration. Bring your imagination to life through a range of hands-on activities, including coding, lasering, making and weaving. 

Here are a few activities you’ll find:
  • Art: Interact with installations created through the Idea Projects Artist-in-Residence program.*
  • Loom: Design and code a punch card to help weave a one-of-a-kind creation!
  • Forest: Craft leaves, bark and creatures for a wire-framed Canadian woodland.
  • Maker Place: Solve design-and-build challenges using tools, tech and creativity.
  • Design: Test drive and exchange ideas for innovative projects and products.
  • Maker Bean Café: Create a laser-cut coaster or mini-loom to take home.
  • Gorilla Store: Buy kits and bits to power your projects at home or in your classroom.

Space is limited; some activities can only accommodate small groups.

Related School Programs:

*The Ontario Science Centre — in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) — has launched an Artist-in-Residence Program. Activities and text for these art installations were developed by students in the Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto.

Two students prepare for launch in a simulated rocket.

Astronaut

Special Exhibition: Opens May 19, 2019

Discover what it’s like to live like an astronaut, including how to sleep, eat, shower and use the toilet in space! Through hands-on and full-body exhibits, students can tackle challenges together in the astronaut training center, experience a rocket launch, investigate life on the Space Lab and find out how to do science in space. This revealing exhibition uncovers the realities of space exploration, including the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity on the human body and the technology used to complete a mission.

Created by SciTech in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions. 

Dr. Dava Newman wearing the BioSuit she invented.

Women In Space

Special Exhibition: Opens May 19, 2019

From deep-sea research to deploying advanced telescopes to inventing the BioSuit, Women in Space showcases how women’s contributions have expanded our capabilities in space exploration. Once an improbable goal, women-led space exploration is leaping forward with science innovations and engineering technology. What’s next?

The Exhibition was created by ExhibitionWorks– Montana's Science Centerin Helena in partnership with MIT, Trotti + Associates and NASA. 

 

Illustration of a hand drawing a brain on a chalkboard.

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

Award-winning Special Program:
January 28 to February 1, 2019 and May 6-10, 2019 (Grades 6-8)
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: 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!

Illustration of broken wires with lightning bolt-type electricity.

Characteristics of Electricity (Grade 9)

Special Program: 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: May 23 & 30, 2019 (May 16, 2019 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!
 
Illustration of the Earth from space

Climate Change (Grade 10) 

Special Program: 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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