CASC Week of Wonder

Week of Wonder | Une semaine de merveilles

Sept. 20-24 2021

In partnership with | En partenariat avec :

To Celebrate | Pour célébrer :

Virtual Classroom Events | Événements de salle de classe virtuelle

The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), in partnership with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants (EBTSOYP) is hosting a 5-day virtual  #WeekofWonder during NSERC’s Science Literacy Week (#Scilit) from September 20-24, 2021.

We’re inviting teachers, students and classrooms from across Canada and the world to take part in this amazing cross-country collaboration of science literacy. The week-long event features virtual STEM programming from 20 of Canada’s leading Science Centres, Museums and STEM Outreach organizations. Daily programming provides options for francophone or anglophone audiences. See Calendar of Events below for more details. 

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L’Association canadienne des centres de sciences (ACCS), en partenariat avec  Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants (EBTSOYP) présente #SemaineDeMerveilles virtuelle de cinq jours lors de la Semaine de la culture scientifique du CRSNG  (#Scilit) du 20 au 24 septembre 2021.

Nous invitons les enseignant.e.s, les élèves et les salles de classe du Canada et du monde entier à prendre part à cette formidable collaboration pancanadienne en matière de culture scientifique. Cet événement d’une semaine met en vedette la programmation virtuelle STIM de 20 des principaux centres de sciences, musées et organismes de sensibilisation de STIM du Canada. La programmation quotidienne offre des choix et options pour les auditoires francophones ou anglophones. Voir le calendrier des événements ci-dessous pour obtenir plus de détails.

About the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) | Au sujet de l’Association canadienne des centres de sciences (ACCS)

CASC is one of the largest membership-based associations of informal science learning organizations in Canada, collectively reaching more than 10 million citizens per year. We bring together more than 70 organizations committed to a thriving future through science and technology engagement. CASC is a network of trusted organizations who champion Science and Innovation by making science approachable, relevant, and accessible.

Together we are building a thriving Science & Innovation Culture in Canada. Learn more and explore which membership is best for you. 

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L’ACCS est l’une des plus grandes associations de membres d’organismes d’apprentissage scientifique informels au Canada, qui rejoint collectivement plus de 10 millions de citoyen.ne.s par année. Nous réunissons plus de 70 organismes engagés dans un avenir prospère grâce à l’engagement en matière de sciences et de technologie. L’ACCS est un réseau d’organisations de confiance qui font la promotion de la science et de l’innovation en rendant la science abordable, pertinente et accessible.

Ensemble, nous bâtissons une culture de la science et de l’innovation florissante au Canada. Apprenez-en davantage et découvrez l’organisme qui vous convient le mieux.

#WeekofWonder Calendar  | Calendrier #SemainedeMerveilles

Each day will feature 4 sessions, including 1 daily fullyFrench session. 

All Event Times Listed in Eastern Time.

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Chaque jour comportera 4 sessions, dont 1 session quotidienne entièrement en français.

Toutes les heures sont indiquées en heure de l’Est.

Monday Events

What’s Your Inquiry? with the Ontario Science Centre

September 20th @ 10:00am eastern

Work with a Science Educator to design your own experiment in this brand new virtual school program! Start by observing a demonstration to spark your curiosity, then brainstorm questions and predictions. Finally, design your own testable experiment using inquiry-based learning.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/LS7dcUcL1dt8g28p6

Direct From Polar Bears International

September 20th @ 12:00pm eastern

Join Telus Spark Science Centre as we celebrate CASC’s Week of Wonder with Direct From Polar Bears International! We’re partnering with Polar Bears International to highlight the majestic polar bear and its crazy-cool habitat. Learn how polar bears survive and thrive in the Arctic, what makes them unique among bears, and how we can protect their future. This is your chance to ask all your questions with a polar bear expert! Our popular “Direct From” series connects students with experts to get a first-hand look into areas that are ‘behind closed doors’ and is the 2021 winner of the Canadian Museums Association Award for Outstanding Outreach Programming.

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Animation virtuelle : Superhéros insolites de l’eau

20 septembre @ 13 h (heure avancée de l’Est)

Sais-tu que les hydres peuvent vivre jusqu’à 1 400 ans? Que les copépodes sont tellement lents que même les hippocampes les attrapent? Ou bien es-tu présentement en train de te demander “c’est quoi ça un hydre”? Peu importe tes réponses à ces questions, l’animation “Superhéros insolites de l’eau” est pour toi! Animée en direct par l’une de nos spécialistes scientifiques de l’eau, cette activité est parfaite pour tous les apprentis-scientifiques! Photos et vidéos prises dans les profondeurs des plans d’eau québécois seront diffusées en direct accompagnées d’informations étonnantes et épatantes à propos des créatures qui se cachent dans l’eau. L’animation a une durée d’environ 30 minutes suivie d’une période de questions.

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Become a Junior Naturalist! 

September 20th @ 2:00pm eastern

A Sit Spot is a place in nature you return to repeatedly, making observations over time, and becoming intimately acquainted with. Sit Spots have been practiced by great naturalists throughout history, and can help us to notice and monitor changes over time. This is more important now than ever before, as climate change is causing rapid and unpredicted changes around the world. Join the Fraser River Discovery Centre to learn how to set up your own Sit Spot! In this interactive presentation, you’ll discover how to select your Spot, and practice observational techniques like (sound mapping and poetry) at our virtual Fraser River Sit Spot! 

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Indigenous Ingenuity Virtual Tour – Science North

September 21st @ 10:00am eastern

Join Science North and CASC as we explore the incredible world of Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions to celebrate Science Literacy Week! Indigenous knowledge is deeply rooted with connections to the land and continues to demonstrate their adaptiveness and resiliency. On Tuesday, Sep 21, travel through time with our Bluecoats as we discuss the impact of some of the world’s most well-known technologies and techniques such as animal tracking, harpoons, and bow and arrows. For more information, please visit education.sciencenorth.ca.

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DJ Ocean, Drop The Base! How Our Oceans are Becoming More Acidic

September 21st @ 12:00pm eastern

It’s time to drop the base! Our oceans are becoming more acidic and it’s important that we get “back to the basics” for our oceans. Join the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium in learning about ocean acidification and how our changing climate is impacting our oceans. Our presentation will include explanations and demonstrations of ocean acidification and ocean concepts, featuring a cool ocean experiment and even a few animal friends!

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Les effets du climat sur les amphibiens

21 septembre @ 13 h (heure avancée de l’Est)

Comment se fait-il que les amphibiens soient particulièrement affectés par le climat? Les scientifiques considèrent de plus en plus que les populations d’amphibiens sont un indicateur de référence pour les changements de l’environnement tels que les variations de température et la pollution. C’est en grande partie en raison de leur peau qui est perméable aux taux d’humidité, aux polluants, aux températures et aux quantités de précipitations. Nous vous présenterons différentes espèces et comment elles réagissent aux changements de leurs milieux. Les ouaouarons se nourrissent d’insectes mais aussi d’animaux plus gros comme des grenouilles et poissons, les tritons vivent dans des milieux humides fragiles. Hiver instables fragilisent les populations. Notre animalerie éducative comprend des anoures : ouaouaron, crapaud, rainette, grenouille et nous avons également des urodèles comme les tritons et les axolotls.

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Meet, Greet and See What They Eat!

September 21st @ 2:00pm eastern

Join us at the Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre to learn about our most unusual (and most popular) critters . Our Head Keeper will be available to answer all your questions.

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Coral In Crisis

September 22nd @ 10:00am eastern

Climate change is having a devastating impact on coral reefs around the world, on multiple fronts. Join us live from Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada as we dive in to discover more about coral reef composition, high degree of biodiversity and their vital role in the ocean. How can they cope with the double whammy of increasingly warm and acidic oceans? What can we do to halt the crisis for reefs and the many creatures that call them home?

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Save the Lakes!

September 22nd @ 12:00pm eastern

Did you know when you brush your teeth each day, you contribute to the health of lakes and rivers hundreds of kilometres away from you? That’s because we all live in a watershed, and our actions at home, school and in our community impact how healthy the water is that travels through watersheds and into lakes and rivers. In this presentation, participants will learn all about watersheds, what ingredients make lakes healthy, and how their daily actions can have unintended consequences on that health. And most importantly, using a fun simulator game, they’ll come up with solutions that they can do to help Save The Lakes! Can your students be champions of change?

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Adaptations with Science East

22 septembre @ 13 h (heure avancée de l’Est)

Les participants sont invités à créer, dessiner, modéliser, ou construire un organisme vivant fictif qui est adapté à la vie dans un habitat particulier. Cette activité se veut interactive, ludique et accessible à tous. Elle peut être adaptée à plusieurs âges différents et selon les ressources disponibles. Les ressources suggérées sont : papier, crayon, crayons feutres, crayons de couleur, matériaux recyclés, matériel de bricolage, pâte à modeler, bâtons de pop sicle, pompons, boules de ouate, guimauves, élastiques, papier de construction, ruban adhésif, etc. La pensée créative est de mise!

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Living in Extreme Environments

September 22nd @ 2:00pm eastern

How do scientists locate planets in solar systems beyond ours and how do they know so much about distant planets? Discover more about exoplanets (planets in other solar system), and how scientists use Earth-based environments as analogues for studying environments on other planets.

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Tracking Climate Change from Space

September 23rd @ 10:00am eastern

Climate change is an issue that affects everyone around the world. Satellite imagery is a way people can understand the effects of climate change and design solutions. Satellites take pictures of Earth that help scientists predict weather, track the impact of natural disasters, changes in ice and permafrost conditions, and monitor air quality. We will introduce the role satellites through an interactive game style approach where participants guess what surface or scenario they are seeing. We will explore images of Earth, how change in climate has impacted the landscape. We will examine how satellite imagery helps us understand other parts of our solar system! 

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Adaptations of Animals and Ecosystems in Saskatchewan

September 23rd @ 12:00pm eastern

Join the Saskatchewan Science Centre on a journey through the wide range on ecosystems and climates of Saskatchewan. Learn how domestic species such as salamanders, turtles, and owls adapt to survive in our harsh cold, winters, and dry, hot summers. Meet some animal residents of the Saskatchewan Science Centre including; Bubo – our Great Horned owl, Sonny & Cher – our Red Eared Slider turtles, as well as Jack, Beefcake, and Ducky – our Blotched Tiger salamanders. Faculty from the Indigenous Knowledge and Science department of the First Nations University have been invited to join the presentation and share their insights on Saskatchewan’s climate.

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Pensons en dehors des normes et pensons scientifiquement : Sommes-nous en contrôle de notre climat ?

23 septembre @ 13 h (heure avancée de l’Est)

Dans notre routine quotidienne, nous exprimons nos émotions, nos sentiments, nos besoins et bien d’autres éléments essentiels pour une bonne vie. N’est-il pas temps de nous exprimer scientifiquement et de sortir des sentiers battus ? Cette présentation facilitera cette expression et cette réflexion sur le changement climatique drastique qui continuera à changer à moins que nous n’agissions maintenant et que nous réglions le problème avant qu’il ne devienne incontrôlable. Pouvons-nous contrôler notre climat ? Il est temps de nous exprimer scientifiquement et de sortir des normes. Démonstrations, défis et explorations seront présentés lors de cette session qui permettra aux participantes et participants de s’exprimer scientifiquement et de sortir des normes au sujet de notre climat. 

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Earth, Wind and Science

September 23rd @ 2:00pm eastern

Explore the incredible weather events that occur within our atmosphere through Science World’s interactive presentation with demonstrations such as the shocking Van de Graaff Generator, the mind-boggling Cloud in A Bottle and the spectacular Fire Tornado. We’ll consider what weather might be like today, tomorrow and in 10 years as we investigate how specific weather is connected to climate and what might be experienced as our climate changes. After introducing the overarching scientific concepts that create weather and climate, we ask the audience to suggest types of weather they’ve experienced and we do a demonstration that unpacks the science (could include: rain, tornado, snow, cloud, sun, lightning). Spoiler alert: things are going to get heated!

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Indigenous Cooking with a dash of Artificial Intelligence!

September 24th @ 10:00am eastern

Learn about traditional Indigenous cooking practices from Xaxli’p First Nation chef, David Wolfman and how to use an AI Neural Network simulator to generate new pie recipes for a restaurant. You will learn about how data can be biased and how excluding cooking from a wide array of cultures can have negative impacts. This can lead to missing out on the rich diversity of experiences that can be shared from other cultures, and risk marginalizing those communities. We then show how you can build your own model from your own data using our NN simulator. We also build real-world AI like the YouTube recommendation engine to open up the black box that is AI!

Huge shout out to our friends at Amazon Future Engineers, Kids Code Jeunesse and Actua for making this activity possible!

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Weather Revealed

September 24th @ 12:00pm eastern

Explore invisible aspects of weather through 3 exciting demonstrations! First, see one way wind is generated across the surface of the Earth through heating and cooling. Next, make a cloud in a bottle with all the warm, humid air rising into the atmosphere! Last, come back down to the earth and feel the crushing effect of air pressure in the final experiment. These demonstrations will enhance student understanding of weather cycles that may change as the climate changes. Wind, air pressure, sunlight, heat, and cloud formation are all connected. Students will learn how individual weather events can have long term effects and use Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Ways of Knowing to help adjust human behavior to a changing climate. 

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À la rencontre des bestioles du sol : un voyage microscopique

24 septembre @ 13 h (heure avancée de l’Est)

Le sol en santé est le moteur de la Terre! En plus de nous fournir la plupart de nos aliments, du bois et des fibres, le sol nettoie et entrepose notre eau et aide à stabiliser notre climat. Il est même une source de médicaments, tels certains antibiotiques! N’agissant pas seul, le sol doit ses superpouvoirs aux communautés d’êtres vivants qui l’habitent. Venez faire un voyage fascinant dans le monde microscopique du lombricomposteur – ou bac à vers – où vous découvrirez le lien entre le climat et le sol. Grâce à une caméra dans l’objectif d’un microscope, vous rencontrerez de près de minuscules bestioles, tout en découvrant leur rôle dans le sol et dans les grands cycles planétaires de l’eau, de l’air, du carbone et des nutriments. Ensuite, apprenez comment vous pouvez créer vous-même un bac de lombricompostage pour réduire vos déchets alimentaires et contribuer à la santé de la planète.

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Dinosaurs & Climate Change

September 24th @ 2:00pm eastern

Explore our exhibition Dinosaurs | The Age of Big Weird Feathered things and learn about what the climate was like during the time of the dinosaurs and what it means for the world today.

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