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NORTHERN ONTARIO SCIENCE FESTIVALS

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sault ste. marie science festival

sault ste. marie science festival

The 8th annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival will take place June 14 to 19, 2022! Join us for a week of celebrating science, technology, and innovation!

Check out the details on this week of fantastic events below!

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:

parks canada logo  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

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


NORTH BAY SCIENCE FESTIVAL

north bay science festival


Thank you for joining us for the 4th annual North Bay 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/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: scifest [at] sciencenorth.ca


Kenora SCIENCE FESTIVAL

kenora science festival

Thank you for joining us for the 2nd annual Kenora Science Festival!

Congratulations to all of our partners on a successful week of science, innovation, and fun! See you in 2022 for the 3rd annual Kenora Science Festival!


2021 Science Festival Events:

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 exciting demonstrations, activities, and displays as you shop during the Wednesday Farmer’s Market.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Location: Whitecap Pavillion, Bernier Dr., Kenora, ON, P9N 1S4
Time: 8:30am–2:00pm

BLUECOAT TALK WITH ARTIST RUTH CUTHAND

Science North and The Muse are proud to present a Bluecoat Talk with artist Ruth Cuthand.

Ruth Cuthand was born in 1954 on Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan, and she is of Plains Cree, and Scottish ancestry. She is a member of Little Pine First Nation but spent most of her childhood in Cardston, Alberta, near the Blood Reserve. For more than 40 years she has used her art as a platform to present historic and contemporary Indigenous / settler experiences, with an emphasis on Indigenous health.

Her exhibition, Beads of Truth, is on display at the Douglas Family Art Centre from September 17 to November 27, 2021. The exhibition features a variety of artworks from Cuthand that bring a greater awareness to the history of diseases which devastated First Nations peoples upon contact with European settlers, brings to light specific historical campaigns to subjugate Indigenous peoples, addresses current struggles of poor conditions for those living on First Nation reserves, and acknowledges the intergenerational trauma inherited by subsequent generations through today.

Tune in live and join the conversation between Ruth Cuthand and Science North Bluecoat Grace Schmidt.

This talk will be presented in English.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Location: Streamed live online here
Time: 12:00pm–1:00pm

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 23, 2021
Location: Bob's Burger Bar, 152 Main St. S, Kenora, ON, P9N 1S9
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm

SCIENCE AT THE DISCOVERY CENTRE

Drop by the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre and join us for some special science activities! Join Bimose Tribal Council and Grand Council Treaty #3 as they demonstrate traditional rice harvesting techniques on the grounds of the Discovery Centre and then head inside to check out activities with the Science of Guinness World Records Northern Tour, THINK Hub and Northern Nature Trading.

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Location: Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, 931 Lakeview Dr., Kenora, ON, P9N 3P8
Time: 11:00am–6:00pm (rice harvesting activity runs until 5pm, all other activities until 6pm)

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: Friday, September 24, 2021
Location: Lake of the Woods Brewing Company Taproom, 350 2nd St. S, Kenora, ON, P9N 1G5
Time: 7:00pm–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 25, 2021
Location: Whitecap Pavilion, Bernier Dr., Kenora ON, P9N 1S4
Time: 11:00am–4:00pm

A Collaborative Venture Under the Direction Of:

science north

Sponsored By:

alfred p. sloan foundation

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 council treaty #3

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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