Media Advisory - Celebrate National Science and Technology Week October 17 - 26, 2008


    BRITISH COLUMBIA, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - National Science and Technology Week
(NSTW) is a week-long series of exciting events taking place across Canada.
The theme this year is "Planet Earth" and aims to spark interest and curiosity
about our great planet! For all events across Canada, visit

    Celebrations on Vancouver Island include:

    Earthquake Threat to British Columbia Lecture

    October 22, 2008 (7:30 pm), Charlie White Theatre (Mary Winspear Centre),

    A free public lecture by Dr. Garry Rogers celebrates the 30th anniversary
of the Geological Survey of Canada's Sidney office, where much of the current
earthquake research is being done. For more information, contact Jane Wynne,
GeoHazard Awareness Project Leader, at 250-363-6471 or

    Quantum Leaps Conference

    October 22, 2008 (4:00 - 8:30 pm), Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth
Street, Nanaimo

    The Mid-Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council (MISTIC), in
partnership with Vancouver Island University and the Society for Canadian
Women in Science and Technology, host a conference to encourage students to
continue in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) to
broaden their career options. To register, visit For more information, contact Paris
Gaudet, Projects Manager, MISTIC at 250-753-8324 or

    Teacher's Workshop: From Earthquakes to Huu-ay-aht First Nations 

    October 24, 2008, Institute of Ocean Sciences, 9860 West Saanich Road,
North Saanich

    Teacher's workshop focuses on elements of the Science 7, Science 10,
Geology 12 and First Nations Studies 12 PLOs. This workshop is co-sponsored by
EdGEO, University of Victoria and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. For
details and to register, contact Jane Wynne at 250-363-6471 or

    LOST? Use Satellites 20,000 km Away

    October 24, 2008 (10:30 - 11:30 am), Juan de Fuca Branch, Greater
Victoria Library, Victoria

    Did you know that satellites whiz around our planet taking photographs
that reveal much about what's going on in our country? Discover the different
types of land cover in Canada and what they look like from space. You may even
see your neighbourhood! For more information, contact Tracy Kendrick, Greater
Victoria Public Library at 250-413-0377.

    My Place from Space

    October 24, 2008 (2:30 - 3:30 pm), Nelly McClung Branch, Greater Victoria
Library, Victoria

    Learn how GPS space technology is used by scientists in their work and
learn to use it yourself in a "rain or shine" High Tech Treasure Hunt on the
grounds of the library. Morgan Cranny, Canadian Forest Service, leads young
explorers from 7 to 12 years on this great adventure. For more information,
contact Tracy Kendrick, GVPL at 250-413-0377.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Stephanie Leung, Communications
Coordinator, British Columbia Innovation Council, (604) 602-5249,

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