Turn summer brain drain into summer brain gain at the Ontario Science Centre

TORONTO, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - School's almost out, but the last bell doesn't mean putting the brakes on learning. Stop the summer brain drain before it starts with a visit to the Ontario Science Centre, your source for summertime science fun. With new hands-on experiences, larger-than-life IMAX films and engaging programs, the Science Centre has something to keep inquisitive minds of all ages sharp this summer from July 1 to September 4.

"Science extends far beyond biology, chemistry and physics classes. It underpins every aspect of our lives," said Catherine Paisley, Vice-President, Science Education and Science Experience, Ontario Science Centre. "This summer, take education beyond the classroom with fun, interactive, free-choice learning at the Science Centre. As we celebrate Canada and Ontario 150, and look ahead to the next 15 decades, this is the perfect time to encourage the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens to embrace scientific thinking – to ask questions, seek answers and stay curious – for a better future."

Top seven ways to turn summer brain drain into summer brain gain at the Ontario Science Centre from July 1 to September 4:

1. Play. Create. Connect.
Put your creativity to the test at Inventorium, a dynamic, curiosity-driven space that encourages ingenuity through engaging, interactive experiences for aspiring innovators of all ages.  Build a kinetic sculpture, make a simple circuit, or create an insect. Let your imagination soar in our evolving, hands-on learning space and see where your curiosity takes you! Inventorium is supported by Ontario150 funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Here's a look at the making of Inventorium: bit.ly/2rGGStt

2. Take in Toronto's history by way of a tree trunk.
Marvel at The Maple Leaf Forever Tree, a sculpture created by the Ontario Wood Carvers Association from part of the silver maple tree that inspired Alexander Muir's 1867 song "Maple Leaf Forever." Featuring 35 hand-carved leaves, each depicting a historically-significant person, place or event in Toronto's history, the sculpture is the result of more than 10,000 volunteer carving hours. The finished artwork will be formally handed over to the Science Centre on July 19 in celebration of Ontario 150.

3. Put a human face on climate change.
Experience the human dimension of climate change with Portraits of Resilience. A compilation of photographs and texts from youth in regions most affected by climate change, including Nunavut, this installation gives a human face and personal stories to the consequences of climate change. Portraits of Resilience is a Many Strong Voices initiative to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on vulnerable regions among the general public and decision-makers. 

4. Celebrate the power of human understanding and ingenuity – from quantum to cosmos.
Explore the incredible ability of the human mind to question, make and innovate when Power of Ideas stops at the Ontario Science Centre on its way across the country from August 18 - 31, 2017. Designed and developed by the Science Centre for the Perimeter Institute, this immersive travelling exhibition highlights cutting edge science, technology and engineering.

5.  Feed a hungry baby California condor.
Step into the rescue and recovery efforts of people who dedicate their lives to saving animals at Wildlife Rescue. From seabirds to turtles and elephants to orangutans, this wildly interactive exhibition explores the innovative ways used to capture, raise and release endangered species back to the wild.

6. Take pride in Canadian scientific achievements.
Celebrate Canadian ingenuity in science that spans from pre-Confederation to present day.  What do the G-suit, the disposable garbage bag and snow goggles have in common? They're homegrown inventions! From the far reaches of space to common household items, learn about notable Canadian scientific discovery and achievement at Canada 150: Discovery Way.

7. Celebrate the human creativity behind engineering marvels.
Immerse yourself in engineering marvels big and small at IMAX® film Dream Big: Engineering Our World. From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, this larger-than-life film reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

From July 1, 2017, hours of operation will be extended from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information about the Centre's summer line-up and to purchase tickets, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

The Ontario Science Centre, a Centennial project, has welcomed more than 51 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystems, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

SOURCE Ontario Science Centre

For further information: Media contacts: Anna Relyea, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-696-3273 | c: 416-668-1967, Anna.Relyea@osc.on.ca; Jefferson Darrell, Media Relations Officer, 416-696-3154, Jefferson.Darrell@osc.on.ca; Andrea Mus, Media Relations Officer, 416-696-3191 | c: 416-895-5482, Andrea.Mus@osc.on.ca


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