Online Tickets Are Here!

 

We've had several amazing announcements today - a new film, a new exhibition, and a new event coming this summer! You can read all about those announcements here.

We also have another announcement - online ticketing is now here! That's right, you can buy tickets for IMAX films, After Dark Movies, and Adult Science Nights online!

If you're not a Science Centre Member, you can just point your browser to https://tickets.sasksciencecentre.com, or click any of the links on our website to buy tickets. It's quick, easy, and completely secure. You can even bring the email in on your smartphone without needing a paper ticket!

If you are a member, you'll first need to claim your account in order to get your member discount.

If you didn't know that members got discounts, check out our different types of membership here!

Member Account Login Instructions

Claim Your Account

In order to claim your member discounts, you’ll have to log in to the site. Because you are a member,  you already have an account with us, but you will need to claim the account as your own with the primary email address on the account.

If you don’t want to read this entire email, we’ve made a handy video walking you through the steps. You can watch it here:

You can point your browser to https://tickets.sasksciencecentre.com to buy tickets, or you can click on one of the buttons located on the website. This will take you directly to our secure ticketing site.

You’ll see a list of movies and events that you can purchase, but before you do that, click on the ‘Log In or Register An Account’ button on the top right hand corner of the page.

Next, at the bottom of the page, find the link that says ‘Forgot your password?’

In the ‘Email’ box, enter the email address associated with the primary cardholder. This will be the email address that you put on your membership form when you signed up. Next, click ‘Retrieve Password’

You will see a notice that ‘An email containing instructions on how to reset your password has been sent to your email address.’

Go to your email inbox. When you receive the email from the Science Centre, it will contain a link that you can use to reset your password on our secure server. Click the link to go to the Password Reset page.

Your email address should already be in the ‘Email’ field. Enter a new password in the ‘New Password’ box, and then re-enter the password in the ‘Confirm Password’ box. Finally, click the ‘Reset Password’ button.

Depending on the type of membership that you have, you may be prompted to enter another new password. This is not an error, but a security feature. Simply enter a new password and continue.

You will be returned to the https://tickets.sasksciencecentre.com website. If you look in the top right corner of the screen, you will notice that you are logged in to your account.

Making A Purchase

The main page will have a list of the IMAX shows and special events that you will be able to purchase tickets for. To purchase tickets, click on the ‘View Calendar’ button.

Next, you will be able to select a date to see the show on, as well as a showtime. Click the ‘Find Tickets’ button.

Now you will be able to select the types and number of tickets that you wish to purchase. As a member, you receive a discount on IMAX films – your member rates are at the bottom of the page. If there are multiple members under your account (as with most Family Memberships, for example) you will be able to add tickets for the people coming to the show. If you’d like to bring a non-member with you to see a show, simply select their tickets from the ‘Public Pricing’ option.

Once you’ve selected all of your tickets, simply click the ‘Add to Order’ button and complete the checkout process as with any other online shopping cart system.

Problems?

This is a brand new system, and while we have tested it extensively, there’s always a chance that you may run into a problem. Don’t worry! Simply send an email to Dave at dmcreary@sasksciencecentre.com or Ryan at rholota@sasksciencecentre.com and we’ll help you get back on track.

Do you need an additional email address added to your account for an additional card holder? No problem! Send an email to one of the addresses above and we’ll make sure to get your account set up for you.

Questions?

We’re here to help! Send an email to Dave at dmcreary(at)sasksciencecentre.com or to Ryan at rholota(at)sasksciencecentre.com and we will do our very best to help you out.

Thank you for your continued support of the Saskatchewan Science Centre!

Ryan

 

 

Ignite Festival 2016

What is Ignite?

The webpage says that it is art, science, engineering, and more brought together to build connections and encourage imaginative invention in our community. But, what does that MEAN?

For Makers

Put simply, if you build things – ANYTHING – that you’d like to show off, this is a chance for you to show it off to hundreds of people who might be interested. The Exhibitor Showcase (Saturday) features everything from 3D printers to 3D printed objects, electronics projects, artwork, handcrafted toys, and more. Building things, and showing off the things you build, is fun! It’s also more. While you pursue your passion to build things, you are also inspiring others to do the same. Showing off the cool things you build to hundreds of other people spreads the excitement about building, creating, and innovating.

For Future Makers

Maybe you haven’t built anything, but you’d really like to get started. Then you should come to the Family Maker Day (Friday). This is a day of guided projects where Science Centre staff will walk you through a few different projects so that you can experience the joy and creative rush that comes from bringing new things into the world.

For Adults Looking To Experiment

Thursday evening is the Workshop Series. This is like an Adult Science Night (complete with bar and for those 19+) version of the Family Maker Day. Build cool things, have a couple of drinks, take a cab home.

Other Venues

We’re also looking for other activities outside of the Science Centre, to grow the Ignite Festival into a city-wide event. Maybe you have a restaurant that would like to host a molecular gastronomy night? Or maybe you’d like to host an electronics class or painting session somewhere – that’s great too!

Here’s a video from last year’s event to inspire you. If you’d like to get involved – in any way – send us an email to outreach1@sasksciencecentre.com and we’ll work something out!

Happy Canada Day, Saskatoon, we're coming to visit!

It's hard to beat summer in Saskatchewan, and we always do our best to make our way across this fine province each summer, either with our Go! Science Outreach, which brings the Science Centre to you with fantastic programming and learning opportunities, or with our Street Team who always have something fun to try.

This week our Street Team is heading up to Saskatoon!

This Thursday, June 30th well be on Global News Morning Saskatoon, then on CTVSaskatoon News at Noon, both with a super fun science experiment to show off. After that we'll be spending the afternoon and into the evening next to Bus Stop Refreshments! If you've never been to this great little spot, Thursday is the perfect day to try it out.  Drop by for a hot dog or some ice cream and try your hand at our backyard science mini golf! 

Then, on Canada Day, we'll be spending all day at the Saskatoon Optimist Canada Day celebrations! Come find us to play some mini golf, and enter our draw for a great Science Centre fun pack.  Learn about all the cool stuff we have going on and start planning your weekend family getaway to Regina with the whole family!

Don't forget to check out our hotel partners if you're coming the other way for this long weekend.  And, good news, we're at the Regina Canada Day celebrations too! Find us in the Kids Area, and also at the community stage at 2:30pm.

Happy Canada Day! We can't wait to see you!

Release the Bats 2016!

We had a big, curious, and excited crowd out on a chilly May 12th evening to release this past winter's batch of bat rescues!  We were joined by Dr. Mark Brigham, professor of biology and researcher from the University of Regina who oversees our bat rescue program, and his grad student Shelby Bohn, who has been doing active research with our bats to explore effective tagging methods. 

In partnership with the University of Regina, we run a Bat Rescue Program each winter. Big brown bats hibernate during the winter, but sometimes they don't pick great spots, and end up waking up in places where humans don't want them like a home or office.  If you find a bat out of hibernation, you can call us at 306.791.7900. We'll get in touch with the University of Regina who will send someone to pick up the bat safely, then give it a check-up to make sure it isn't sick or injured.  Healthy bats then get to spend the winter with us!  We keep them safe, warm, and most importantly, fed over the winter and then send them back into the wild in the spring.

The Saskatchewan Science Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of NSERC and the Canadian Association of Science Centres for the support of our 2016 Bat Release, and were pleased to present the event as part of Science Odyssey

Here's some footage from the night!

Twelfth Year

If you've been on the second floor of the Kramer IMAX Theatre in the past couple of days, you may have noticed the portraits lining the walls.  They're all part of Twelfth Year, a program Erin Ball and Andrea Norberg head up that showcases exemplary students from each of Regina's high schools.

These artistic and inspiring photos are of students that Ball and Norberg feel are the future of Regina, and people who are already leading their community, whether that's in art, science, activism, sport, or volunteering.  

We're proud to be hosting this great celebration of Regina's youth!

For more information, visit their website>>

2016 Science Centre AGM April 27th

Dear Members:

Pursuant to Bylaw XI.1: "An annual meeting of members shall be held in the month of April each year at a time and place to be fixed by the Directors."

MEMBERS ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE SASKATCHEWAN SCIENCE CENTRE WILL BE HELD ON Wednesday, April 27, 2016 IN THE KRAMER IMAX THEATRE BEGINNING AT 6:30 P.M.

CHANGES TO THE SSC BYLAWS WILL BE TAKING PLACE DURING THE MEETING. YOU MUST BE PRESENT IN ORDER TO VOTE.

Proposed SSC Bylaw Changes

2016 Board Nominations

Following the AGM, members in attendance will be invited to stay and enjoy an IMAX documentary film at no charge.

If you are a current member of the Saskatchewan Science Centre and would like to attend, please RSVP to Myrna Jones (306-791-7927 or myjones@sasksciencecentre.com) by April 22, 2016. There is no charge to attend, and your questions and comments are welcome. The capacity of the IMAX Theatre is 159 seats, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Summer Camp Advantage

Teachers and parents alike know that the time spent between the end of one school year, and the start of another can be the difference between success and struggle for kids in the fall. The question becomes how to make these months both playful and productive for kids – to keep their brains and bodies active while letting them have the summer fun we all remember so fondly.

Summer camps are one way to achieve this, and multiple studies have shown that children who attend day or sleep away camps during the summer months show growth in key areas such as an appreciation for physical activity, self-confidence, and emotional intelligence.  And, not only do kids seem to grow in these areas, the growth is retained and built on throughout the rest of the year. 

Summer camps offer an environment that introduces children to new people, new places, and new situations, independent of parental oversight, which fosters growth and exploration both of the world around them and of who they are as individuals.  Through hands-on learning, physical activity, and time spent outdoors with their peers, kids get the benefit of a learning space free from pressure.

In fact, many children who struggle in more traditional environments really benefit from the more open, active learning situation that camp provides.  And, it lets children find their own creative solutions to challenges. Summer camp is a great place for kids to really grow and see what they are capable of on their own, and when they work in a group.

Summer camp is also a place for fun.  But, in addition, camp is a place where children get a chance to build their social skills by interacting with an entirely new group of people, and build their self-esteem and emotional intelligence away from their usual guardians.  And, camp is a place where learning flows freely, and children can take risks and tackle problems without a fear of failure.

One of the secrets of the success of summer camp, is that it disguises exercise, learning, and skill building as play.  There are even camps that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills, such as the Summer Day Camps offered here at the Science Centre, that show kids the excitement, fun, and possibilities of these fields, which can often be difficult to engage kids in.   

The things that kids learn at camp aren’t just temporary either.  Self-confidence is one thing that grows and changes as we grow and change as individuals, and the confidence gained at camp can see a child going forward into the new school year with the ability to take on more both socially and academically, and know that they are capable of succeeding.  This kind of confidence creates independent kids who know that they have value, and also know that they can fail, learn from it, and succeed next time.

Fun and play are the best things that summer camps have going for them in the eyes of kids.  And for adults, sending a child to camp is giving them the opportunity to succeed in a new way - to grow, learn and develop as their own individual, while preparing them not only for the upcoming school year, but for their future as healthy adults.   

On Art & Science

On Art & Science

For some reason 'the intersection of art and science' has been on my mind a lot lately. It probably stems back to our Ignite! Festival in October when we actively pursued those who were trying to merge art and science and give them a venue to display their work.

 

But it's much more than that. Googling 'intersection of art and science' gives you a plethora if incredible images and stories. Artists, in the ever-present battle to push boundaries, are increasingly turning to science in order to help them get their messages across. Engineers are enlisted to help make sure that a sculpture can stand. Paints are constantly being reformulated, by chemists, for superior colour replication, UV resistance, and to aid drying times. Technological advances improve the quality of cameras, more advanced computer animation is made possible by better processors, and so on.

 

Those are the direct correlations between art and scene. Science improves something, so that artists can make better use of it. But what about the other side? Does art improve science?

 

We have a new exhibition in our LWJ gallery right now - a photographic exhibition from Regina businessman Todd Mintz. In addition to being a partner at MWC Chartered Professional Accountants, Mr. Mintz has built a reputation as a world-class nature photographer. How world-class? He's been featured at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC; I certainly consider that to be world-class. In addition, his photos regularly win awards, and he's been featured on the National Geographic website and in Canadian Geographic magazine.

 

His photos show animals in their natural habitats, doing the things that animals naturally do. It's most certainly art. But is it science? Why are we, a Science Centre, showing these works?

 

I think it is science. On one level, many studies have been done to show that what we perceive as beauty is a result of complex mathematics: proportions, ratios, etc. There's also the technology involved in the production of the work - cameras get better, more advanced clothing means that Mr. Mintz can stay out in the cold longer for his Arctic shots, and better aircraft and snowmobiles means his expeditions can reach places further afield than ever before. There’s also the delivery medium to consider: these photos are printed on aluminum sheet for a truly unique finish. But we don't talk about these things in the exhibition, we just show the photos.

 

 

 

There's something more at play here.

 

Consider this: I've heard about the salmon runs in BC. To me, it looks like a lot of fish swimming in a river. But Todd's photos make it seem real. He's IN THE WATER with the fish, they're swarming past his camera, which is partially submerged, and I can see just how dense the fish are in that small cross-section of water. It makes me think: how many of these fish will make it to their destination? How many will lay eggs successfully, and be able to make it back next year? Will a bear eat them on the way? Will they be caught by fisherman?  

 

Each of those questions form the building blocks of a new experiment or research study, which will probably raise even more new questions. If I catch one of these fish and put a tracker on it, can I find out where the fish goes when it isn't spawning? Maybe a study, or several studies, have already been done on this topic? Can I get a book on them to learn more? What websites can I visit, which researchers can I email to get the answers to the questions that I have?

 

There is a stunning image of a human skull guarding the entrance to an underwater cave in Indonesia. What kind of culture sets out real human skulls? Was this a warning? A threat? Was this a person of significance who is being honoured, or a criminal who has been punished? Who knows the answer to these questions? How can I learn more?

 

Art is generally very pleasing to the eye. But good art, GREAT art, makes us ask questions. Amazing art inspires us to act. As another Earth Month looms on the horizon, does seeing a striking image of a polar bear make you curious about their natural habitat and how it's changing? Does the image of a fox resting on a stack of pipes make you curious about your own impact on the environment?

 

I believe that art has a profound impact on our lives, and I also believe that art can inspire science. Please come down to the Science Centre before March 6th to see these incredible images and find out what questions they make you ask.