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Science Festivals

NORTHERN ONTARIO SCIENCE FESTIVALS

Northern Ontario Science Festivals are proud to have been recognized for Best Program – Large Institution by the Canadian Association of Science Centres. Watch the acceptance video:


NORTH BAY SCIENCE FESTIVAL

north bay science festival


Please join us for the 5th annual North Bay Science Festival, taking place October 22–29, 2022. Join us this year for some Spooky Science!

We have a week of events planned to celebrate science, technology and innovation. A detailed schedule of events is coming soon!

To stay in touch during the year, please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/NBSciFest


2021 Science Festival Events:

THINK HUB DAY WITH SCIENCE NORTH AND THE NORTH BAY MUSEUM

Experience the recently reopened Science North THINK Hub at the North Bay Museum this PA Day.  Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network, and Know! Bring your inspiration and innovation, embrace failure and challenge yourself to try something different! 

Visitors can participate in a variety of challenges including building a musical instrument, constructing a chain reaction, and special workshop activities with Science North Bluecoats.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021 
Time: 10am–1pm
Location: North Bay Museum, 100 Ferguson Street, North Bay, ON P1B 1W8
Cost: FREE

SCIENCE AT THE NORTH BAY MALL

The North Bay Science Festival team will be at the North Bay Mall for some Saturday fun! Stop by for some cool science activities, take home STEM kits, and other free goodies!

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Time: 10am–2pm
LocationNorth Bay Mall, 300 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, ON P1A 3V2

FOREST TALK RADIO GUIDED HIKE AT LAURIER WOODS CONSERVATION AREA

Forest science meets folklore in this award-winning radio comedy starring the trees, and an entertaining fungus, at Laurier Woods Conservation Area. Bring your smart phone and join multi-media artist and creator of Forest Talk Radio, David Merleau, on this unique guided hike at Laurier Woods. Who knew trees – and science – could be so entertaining! 

Download the Forest Talk Radio app at foresttalkradio.ca. Assistance downloading will be available before the hike if needed. In accordance with public health guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required at this event.

(This talk will be presented in English)

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Time: 10am
LocationLaurier Woods Conservation Area, Brule Street, North Bay, ON P1A 3Z5

This event is hosted by the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority. For more information, call 705-497-4999.

NORTH BAY SANTA CLAUS PARADE

Get into the festive spirit and look for the North Bay Science Festival team sharing science as part of the North Bay Santa Claus Parade!

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Time: 12pm
Location: For parade route and more information on the parade, check out the City of North Bay website.


A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

In Partnership With:

north bay and district chamber of commerce logo  north bay mattawa conservation authority logo

nnsri 1305 logo  ignite north bay logo  safesight exploration inc logo

AB créations logo  les compagnons des francs loisirs logo

north bay museum logo

nipissing university logo

ontario ministry of northern development, mines, natural resources and forestry logo

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: harper.gilbert [at] sciencenorth.ca


KENORA SCIENCE FESTIVAL

kenora science festival

Get ready for the 3rd annual Kenora Science Festival taking place September 19–24, 2022!

Join us for a week of celebrating science, technology and innovation! Check out the details on this week of awesome events below!


2022 Science Festival Events:

INDIGENOUS INGENUITY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Bring your students to the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre to explore the new Science North travelling exhibit, Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions, in Kenora for a limited time! Class visits include time to explore the exhibit and a curriculum-linked workshop with a Science North Bluecoat. For more information on the Indigenous Ingenuity travelling exhibit, please visit here.

Date: Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 23, 2022
Location: Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre
Registration: School visits to the Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit can be booked by contacting the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre at tourism [at] kenora.ca

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Science North Bluecoats will be visiting Kenora area schools with hands-on science programs designed to bring science and technology to life! Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will participate in curriculum-linked programs that will get them excited and engaged with science and technology.

Date: Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 23, 2022
Registration: Special registration for schools only, contact us at scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca for more information

SCIENCE AT THE MARKET

The Matiowski Farmers’ Market is getting an extra dose of science! Join Science North Bluecoats and other Science Festival partners for giveaways, demonstrations, activities, and displays as you shop during the Wednesday Farmer’s Market.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Time: 8:30am to 2:00pm
Location: Whitecap Pavilion

BRAIN TAP

What’s better than beer and science? Join us at Lake of the Woods Brewery Taproom for an evening of entertaining science speakers, science experiments, and a touch of trivia!

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Location: Lake of the Woods Brewing Company Taproom
Time: 7:00pm

NORTHERN ONTARIO YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT

Students from grades 7 to 12 are invited to this two-day interactive conference to learn, be inspired, and take action on climate change. On day one student will hear from speakers and participate in interactive workshops and on day two students will get out into their community to participate in an action project and begin forming their own Climate Action Plan to implement in their school or community.

Date: Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22, 2022
Location: Check back soon for our conference location!
Registration: Special (FREE!) registration for school groups only — please email us at scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca for registration details

SUPPORTED BY

genaction logo  nosm university logo

SCIENCE TRIVIA NIGHT AT BOB'S BURGER BAR

Join the Young Professionals Network at Bob’s Burger Bar and show off your science smarts with three rounds of sensational science related trivia. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be Einstein to enjoy this event!

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Location: Bob's Burger Bar
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

SCIENCE CARNIVAL

This one-day community event provides families with the opportunity to participate in engaging and fun science, innovation, and technology activities. Visit with exhibitors showcasing hands-on presentations, labs and attractions, all using local and global science concepts and engineering principles. Also, enjoy spectacular live science shows and entertainment.

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Location: Whitecap Pavilion
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm

A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

In Partnership With:

city of kenora

matiowski farmers market  IISD experimental lakes area

kenora catholic district school board  lake of the woods brewing company

keewatin patricia district school board

muse lake of the woods museum douglas family art centre

northwestern ontario innovation centre

confederation lake of the woods campus

bimose tribal council

grand treaty council #3 education logo

Funding Provided By:

science literacy week     centre for social accountability logo

alfred p. sloan foundation logo

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca


sault ste. marie science festival

sault ste. marie science festival with the great northern ontario roadshow


Thank you for joining us for the 8th annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival!

Congratulations to all of our partners on a successful weekend of science, innovation and fun!

To stay in touch during the year, please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/SSMSciFest


2022 Science Festival Events:

IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE! TRIVIA NIGHT

To kick start the Science Festival, the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library will be hosting a science trivia night! Not a science buff? That’s no problem – after all, it’s not rocket science!

Join us on Tuesday, June 14 at the North Branch Library, 232C Northern Avenue.  Doors open at 6:30pm with trivia running from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available for purchase at the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library or North Branch: $15.00 each or $50.00 for a team of four.  

This is a 19+ event with prizes and a cash bar.

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
LocationSault Ste. Marie Public Library, North Branch
Cost: $15 per person or $50 for a team of four

(ARTIE) ADVANCED RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION EXPO

This annual event is offered by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to elementary school students from Grades 1 to Grade 8. Students will participate virtually in hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations featuring a wide variety of science exhibitors, all with the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists in the fields including biology, environmental sciences, computer sciences, robotics and technology, and so much more!

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Time: 9:30am to 3:00pm
Registration: Registration is available to school groups only. For more information, contact scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca

SCIENCE CARNIVAL AT THE GREAT NORTHERN ONTARIO ROADSHOW SAULT STE. MARIE

The Science Carnival provides families with the opportunity to participate in engaging and fun science, innovation, and technology activities. Visit with exhibitors showcasing hands-on presentations, labs and attractions, all using local and global science concepts and engineering principles. 
This year the Science Carnival is teaming up with The Great Northern Ontario Roadshow – a two-day community event featuring vendors, fun family activities, local natural wonders, science, and entertainment.

For more information about The Great Northern Ontario Roadshow, visit gnor.sciencenorth.ca

Two unforgettable events, one city, countless amazing memories!

Date: Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, 2022
Location: The Canal District
Time: 10am to 4pm


A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

In Partnership With:

canadian bushplane heritage centre

invasive species centre  entomica insectarium

sault ste marie public library  

sault college  sault ste. marie innovation centre

canadian forest service  fisheries and oceans canada

parks canada logo  ontario logo

A Proud Recipient Of:

feo 2017 achievement award

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca


Thunder Bay Science Festival

thunder bay science festival


The 10th annual Thunder Bay Science Festival returned February 19–26th for an exciting week of science, technology, and fun! This year we finally had the chance to see our Thunder Bay audiences in person through various outdoor events, and our famous Nerd Nite! We also had a few virtual events to reach students in the Thunder Bay area, and a virtual trivia event hosted by Parks Canada.

Thank you to EVERYONE for your continued efforts in helping Northern Ontario engaged and excited about STEM. We can't wait to do it all again next year!


2022 Science Festival Events:

SCIENCE AT SNOWDAY ON THE WATERFRONT

Come visit Science Festival partners at SnowDay on the Waterfront! This annual event organized by the City of Thunder Bay is a great way to get outside for some fun this Family Day weekend. For additional SnowDay information visit: thunderbay.ca/en/recreation/snowday.aspx

Date: Saturday February 19, 2022
Location: Thunder Bay Waterfront
Time: 2:00pm–4:00pm
Cost: FREE

NERD NITE

Join us for an exciting night of nerding out at Sleeping Giant Brewing Company. Entertaining speakers, science experiments, and knowledge testing trivia with Trivia-Master Dave await! Register at the link below to reserve your spot! *presented in English*

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Location: Sleeping Giant Brewing Company
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm
Cost: FREE (register here)

RIPPLES AND RIDDLES: LAKE SUPERIOR TRIVIA

Do you have what it takes to cross the Lake? Join Parks Canada for an evening of virtual trivia, voyaging through Lake Superior’s natural and cultural heritage. Sink or swim as you test your knowledge of the big lake’s many stories!
Register at the link below to receive the join link for this not to be missed event! *presented in English*

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE (register here)

VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISITS WITH ECOSUPERIOR

Hey teachers! Science Festival partner EcoSuperior offers virtual school programs for students in grades 2, 4, 6, and 8! Engage your students in hands on science learning this Science Festival week by booking one of these fantastic programs. Check out additional program details here and email erin [at] ecosuperior.org to book! *presented in English*

Date: Tuesday, February 22 to Thursday, February 24, 2022
Location: Online

'ASK A SCIENTIST' VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISITS

Connect your students one-on-one with a Science North Bluecoat for a free 30-minute Ask a Scientist virtual visit! These sessions are a chance for your students to ask our Bluecoats anything- and a great opportunity to explore literacy as your students think about open-ended versus close-ended questions, what makes for an engaging and dynamic conversation and so on. Available for grade 3, 5 and 7 classrooms – please email scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca to book your session! *presented in English*

Date: Wednesday, February 23 to Thursday, February 24, 2022
Location: Online

'ROCK TALK' VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISITS WITH THUNDER BAY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Book this classroom connection during the Thunder Bay Science Festival for a story and an introduction to Northern Nature Trading. Suitable for grades JK / SK, grade 1, and grade 2. Each student will receive a welcome package. Email nnt [at] tbpl.ca or call (807) 345-8275 ext. 7302. Limited spots available. *presented in English*

Date: Friday, February 25, 2022

OUTDOOR SCIENCE FUN DAY

Come on out to Cascades Conservation Area for an afternoon of exciting science shows and engaging science activities in the great outdoors! 

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: Cascades Conservation Area
Time: 1:00pm–4:00pm
Cost: FREE

SCIENCE TAKE & MAKE KITS AT THE THUNDER BAY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Oobleck Take & Make: This science themed Take & Make is available at all Thunder Bay Public Library locations starting February 18. Limited quantities, first come first served.

Keep Calm and Rock On! Take & Make: Join the Library and take part in the Thunder Bay Science Festival by registering for this take-home kit. Keep calm while you wait for crystals to grow or see quick results dissolving chalk. Register now by going to tbpl.ca/onlinecalendar on February 22 or by calling (807) 345-8275.

*presented in English*

A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

Sponsored By:

ontario power generation  

Supported By:

parks canada logo  ecosuperior

sleeping giant brewing company logo  thunder bay public library logo

A Proud Member Of:

science festival alliance logo

For any questions regarding the festival, if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor, you may contact us at: scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca

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