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National Science and Technology Week 2012

October 12 to October 21, 2012

National Science and Technology Week 2012

Celebrate National Science and Technology Week at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. On October 13, 14, 20 and 21, take part in exciting hands-on activities. Try your hand at science experiments, and discover how science and technology touch the lives of all Canadians. National Science and Technology Week is being celebrated in Canada from October 12 to 21, 2012. To learn more about events and activities across Canada, visit http://www.science.gc.ca

World Record Breaking Bernoulli Lesson

October 12
1:00 p.m.

Be part of the Largest Practical Science Lesson World Record. All across Canada, people of all ages will be taking part in the same science experiment to learn about the Bernoulli principle. Join in on Friday, October 12, 2012, and help achieve a world record. The experiment starts at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

Solar Observing—Free

Saturday, October 13, 2012 — 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Safely observe the Sun using the Museum's solar telescopes at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. Discover bright solar prominences and dark sunspots on the Sun's surface.

Incredible Structures Workshop

October 13
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Build tall towers and strong bridges using Kapla® Blocks. Participation prizes will be awarded throughout the day. This activity is presented in partnership with the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Ottawa Chapter.

Scavenger Hunt

October 13 to 21

Explore science and technology in Canada with this orignial scavenger hunt that the whole family can enjoy.

Big Board Game

October 13–14 and 20–21
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Participate in the museum's life‐sized board game and test your knowledge of science, trains and automobiles.

Storytelling: Zoom!

October 13–14 and 20–21
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join our storyteller for this amazing Robert Munsch story, in which a girl with a very fast wheelchair saves the day.

Chemistry on Stage

October 13–14
1:30 p.m.

Be amazed by this interactive presentation packed with fizzing, popping, and flaming experiments.


October 13 and 20
10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Take part in the worldwide phenomenon of geocaching—a modern-day scavenger hunt. Bring your GPS, or borrow one from the Museum. Discover the message concealed in caches located throughout Technology Park, for a chance to win a $35 gift certificate for the Museum's Scientique boutique. Try to decipher the secret codes hidden in each cache to find even more caches.

Gooey Chemistry

October 20 and 21
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Calling all budding chemists! Join the Museum for some cool experiments exploring the science of polymers, and make your own slime to take home.

Rubik's Cube Challenge

October 21
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Solving a Rubik's Cube is not easy. Can you imagine doing it quickly, or blindfolded? Join youth from the Club de Cube de L'Escale who do just that, and learn some of their tricks. Fun for all ages.

For School Groups:
What Museums Do: Behind the Scenes

October 18, 2012 — In celebration of National Science and Technology Week
May 17, 2013 — In celebration of International Museums Day

There's more to museums than meets the eye! Go behind the scenes and learn more about some of the exciting work we do. Discover how we collect, restore, preserve and store artifacts as you visit our collection facilities and meet the people who work there. See some of the more than 40,000 artifacts in storage, and discover what they reveal about the transformation of Canada. For grades 5 and up. Please reserve early, as spaces are limited. Due to the special nature of this program, groups must have a minimum of one adult supervisor per 10 students. For groups of 15 to 20 participants (larger groups can be split). Special fee of $8 per student, which includes Museum admission.

NSTW Lecture Series

October 16 and 17, 2012

Enjoy one of the Museum's exciting lectures showcasing dynamic research by Canadian scientists and engineers. This is a perfect opportunity for students in Grades 9/Secondary 3 and up to explore potential careers in science, while supplementing your science curriculum. School groups only. Pre-registration required. Fee: $3.50 per student, which includes Museum admission.