Science Literacy Week 2017

 

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

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Science Literacy Week Science Fair

Join us for the opening celebrations of Science Literacy Week from 12 to 5 p.m. at Centre Court in the Avalon Mall. We will be hosting a science fair with hands-on demonstrations, science story times, science shows and more!

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

12 - 5 p.m.

Centre Court, Avalon Mall, St. John's

 

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

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Power of Ideas Exhibition

Join us for an immersive, hands-on experience that fosters curiosity and a better understanding of how science works. (Brought to you by the Perimeter Institute).

The Power of Ideas Tour is travelling across the country as part of the nationwide Innovation150 celebrations marking Canada's 150th anniversary. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Does not include admission into permanent exhibits. Everyone is welcome; recommended for ages 13 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

9:30. a.m. - 5 p.m. Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Frog & Toad Talk + Feeding Time

Join us at The Fluvarium to learn about all things frogs and toads! An educator will even take them out and maybe they will show off their hopping moves. After we will continue to learn about the fish we have in our aquariums and those present in the natural stream we can see from the windows downstairs. Watch them gobble up some food!

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

Health & Body Systems with Let's Talk Science

Come and see how the body works from the inside out!

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. AC Hunter Children's Library, St. John's 
   

Power of Ideas Exhibition & Maker Mobile Workshops

Join us for an immersive, hands-on experience that fosters curiosity and a better understanding of how science works. (Brought to you by the Perimeter Institute).

Then taken in this moving makerspace packed with cutting-edge technology that encourages you to create your own innovations in real time. (Brought to you by Actua).

Program is free and registration is not required. Does not include admission into permanent exhibits. Everyone is welcome; recommended for ages 13 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

6 - 9 p.m. Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Public Lecture - Night Sky, Kepler Mission and Exoplanets

Presented by Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, professor of Physics at Grenfell Campus School of Science and Environment. 

A sky on a clear night can be one of the most fascinating natural sights, specially if you can recognize some of the constellations. This presentation will point out some of the most prominent constellations and stars, discuss seasonal changes in the night sky, explain the role of the Zodiac and demonstrate the use of the Kepler Star Wheel and free planetarium software Stellarium. We will also look at some of the brightest stars with planetary systems, discuss NASA's Kepler Mission, searching for Earth-like exoplanets, and outline the current theory of planetary formation. The Kepler Star Wheels and other related materials will be provided.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 8 p.m.

This event is taking place simultaneously at two Memorial campus locations: Live: Library & Computing Building, Room LC301, Grenfell Campus. Via Video Conferencing:  MUN Physical Education Building, Room PE-2001, St. John’s Campus

 

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

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Power of Ideas Exhibition

Join us for an immersive, hands-on experience that fosters curiosity and a better understanding of how science works. (Brought to you by the Perimeter Institute).

The Power of Ideas Tour is travelling across the country as part of the nationwide Innovation150 celebrations marking Canada's 150th anniversary.

Program is free and registration is not required. Does not include admission into permanent exhibits. Everyone is welcome; recommended for ages 13 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Sign up for a guided tour of Salmonier Nature park with a park naturalist. Staff will discuss and dispel common myths about local wildlife as you explore the 2.7 km boardwalk trail. 

Program is free but registration is required as tours are limited to 15 per group. Call 229-7888 to register. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30 p.m. Salmonier Nature Park
   

Building Tour + Feeding Time

Join us at The Fluvarium to receive a guided tour throughout the building. We will start outside, talk about the stream, then follow it inside where we can view it from underneath! The tour is roughly 45 minutes. Then, after the tour is feeding time! Watch the fish in our aquariums and from the live stream gobble up some food. 

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

Engineering & Structures with Let's Talk Science

Get creative and innovative with building structures!

Program free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. AC Hunter Children's Library, St. John's
   

Chemistry at the Library

Make slime and see just how big an explosion we're allowed to make in the library! Interactive chemistry activities, demonstrations of spectacular chemical reactions and surprising science facts for all ages.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Michael Donovan Library, St. John's

 

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

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Froglets (Parent & Tot Program)

We will walk and explore near Long Pond and Nagle's Brook Hill, share stories, songs and watch for critters who call this their home. There will be a storytime, so make sure you bring a snack!

Program is $13 (includes one child and one adult), each additional adult or child is $4. Pre-registration is required. Email mabuttchampion@fluvarium.ca or call 754-FISH. 

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Sign up for a guided tour of Salmonier Nature park with a park naturalist. Staff will discuss and dispel common myths about local wildlife as you explore the 2.7 km boardwalk trail.

Program is free but registration is required as tours are limited to 15 per group. Call 229-7888 to register. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30 p.m.Salmonier Nature Park
   

Ocean Sciences at the Library

Come and explore the underwater world and dip your hands into our salt water touch tank. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Marjorie Mews Library, St. John's
   

Frog & Toad Talk + Feeding Time

Join us at The Fluvarium to learn about all things frogs and toads! An educator will even take them out and maybe they will show off their hopping moves. After we will continue to learn about the fish we have in our aquariums and those present in the natural stream we can see from the windows downstairs. Watch them gobble up some food!

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

Adult Evening Geological Hike & Campfire

Join Dr. Rod Taylor to learn about the fascinating past environments and resulting rocks found along Manuels River. The hike will finish at the Gazebo with a campfire and marshmallow roast. 

$10 per person or free with Manuels River membership. No pre-registration is required. Weather permitting.

7 - 8 p.m.Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, Conception Bay South
   

Impact Campaign Screening: Chasing Coral

The Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium and Johnson GEO CENTRE are excited to host a special screening of Chasing Coral, a tale of beauty, hope and adventure. Witness a journey to reveal how the greatest impact on earth's changing climate may be hidden beneath our ocean.

Screening is free and registration is not required. All ages welcome; recommended for ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

7 - 9 p.m.Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Public Lecture - Looking at the Universe's Oldest Light from the World's Highest Telescopes

Presented by Dr. Adam Hincks, an astrophysicist specializing in physical cosmology - the study of the universe on its largest scales in time and space. (Hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John's Centre)

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

8 p.m. MUN Chemistry - Physics Building, Room C-2045, St. John's

 

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Sign up for a guided tour of Salmonier Nature park with a park naturalist. Staff will discuss and dispel common myths about local wildlife as you explore the 2.7 km boardwalk trail.

Program is free but registration is required as tours are limited to 15 per group. Call 229-7888 to register. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30 p.m. Salmonier Nature Park 
   

Building Tour + Feeding Time

Join us at The Fluvarium to receive a guided tour throughout the building. We will start outside, talk about the stream, then follow it inside where we can view it from underneath! The tour is roughly 45 minutes. Then, after the tour is feeding time! Watch the fish in our aquariums and from the live stream gobble up some food.

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3 - 4:30 p.m. The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

Planetarium Night with Let's Talk Science

Come join us in our portable planetarium for a night of looking at the stars!

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

7 - 9 p.m. Waterford Valley High School, St. John's
   

Public Lecture - From Meteorites to the Ancient Oceans: Earth's Story Told by Iron

Dr. Michael Babechuk, assistant professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, will demonstrate how Earth Scientists can use the behaviour of the element iron and its trace in the geological record to reconstruct some of the most significant events in the formation and evolution of the planet from 4.56 billion years ago to present.

These events include the formation and differentiation of the Earth, the evolution of the atmosphere from its oxygen-devoid to oxygen-bearing state capable of supporting multicellular life, and the formation of massive iron deposits such as those in the Labrador Trough.

The presentation will include the travels and research of Dr. Babechuk and how Memorial University researchers use sophisticated analytical equipment to piece together these stories from the incomplete pages of the geological record.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  

7 p.m.MUN Chemistry - Physics Building, Room C-2004, St. John's

 

 Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

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Young Scientist - Trees

Hugged a tree lately? Come find out why trees are so terrific and why you'll want to hug a tree every day!

Program is $7 per person (children under 4 are free with adult) or free with Manuels River membership. No pre-registration required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

1 - 3 p.m. Manuel's River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, Conception Bay South
   

Frog & Toad Talk + Feeding Time

Join us at The Fluvarium to learn about all things frogs and toads! An educator will even take them out and maybe they will show off their hopping moves. After we will continue to learn about the fish we have in our aquariums and those present in the natural stream we can see from the windows downstairs. Watch them gobble up some food!

Program is free with admission. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

Trivia Night with Let's Talk Science

Come out and test your brain with science trivia!

Program is free and registration is not required. Recommended for ages 16 and up. 

8 - 10 p.m.Bitters Pub, Memorial University, St. John's

 
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

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Unveiling of the MR1 Fossil

The iconic MR1 fossil was recovered along Manuals River in the 1970s by Dr. Riccardo Levi-Setti, who recently donated it to our collection. Over 500 million years old and nearly 35 cm long, MR1 is one of the best-preserved trilobites in the world and is renowned as the cover image on Dr. Levi-Setti's famous book on trilobites.  

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre
   

Young Scientist - Trees

Hugged a tree lately? Come find out why trees are so terrific and why you'll want to hug a tree every day!

Program is $7 per person (children under 4 are free with adult) or free with Manuels River membership. No pre-registration required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre
   

Film Screening - Horizons: A 360° Journey

This 20-minute film is a soaring visual symphony that places viewers in the centre of the action during an inspiring showcase of Canadian creative expression that unfolds from coast to coast to coast.

Horizons takes its audience on a revealing expedition from the highest peaks to the deepest seas, and through all 10 provinces and three territories. Drawing upon artistic inspiration from across our country’s rich cultural mosaic, the film features traditional and contemporary creative works set in the unforgettable urban and natural landscapes of our diverse nation.

Program is free with admission, registration not required. Please note: There is limited seating per showing. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's 
   

Matter Matters with Let's Talk Science

Students can explore the properties and interactions of solid and liquid materials through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

11:30 a.m.Corner Brook Public Library
   

Doors Open Day at the Fluvarium!

Doors Open Day allows you to check out the Fluvarium and learn about freshwater, and see some amphibians, bugs and, of course, fish, FREE OF CHARGE! Look through the windows downstairs into the live stream. 

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

12 - 4:30 p.m. The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle's Place, St. John's
   

StarLab - Space Exploration

Join us on a 360° journey through space in our inflatable StarLab.

Program is free with admission, registration is not required. Please note: There is limited seating per showing. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

1 - 3 p.m.Johnson GEO CENTRE, St. John's
   

Beach Exploration with Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Do you love beachcombing? Do you ever wonder what are some of the things you find? Join us and discover the amazing beings which live beneath the waves and take part in a beach clean-up to help keep our oceans healthy and clean.  

Program is free and registration is not required. Weather permitting. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

1 - 3 p.m.North Point Beach, Portugal Cove
   

Bonne Bay Buffet

Ever wonder what we feed our aquarium creatures? Find out what and how we feed our lobsters, crabs, wolfish and conners. Join an interpreter to assist and view our feeding routine.

Program is complimentary with aquarium admission, registration not required. Recommended for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

2 - 3 p.m. Bonne Bay Marine Station, Norris Point
   

Family Movie Screening - Flubber

Let's Talk Science will be bringing this old Robin Williams classic to the big screen.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

2 - 4 p.m. MUN Arts & Administration Building, Room AA-1043, St. John's 

 

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

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Unveiling of the MR1 Fossil

The iconic MR1 fossil was recovered along Manuals River in the 1970s by Dr. Riccardo Levi-Setti, who recently donated it to our collection. Over 500 million years old and nearly 35 cm long, MR1 is one of the best-preserved trilobites in the world and is renowned as the cover image on Dr. Levi-Setti's famous book on trilobites.

Program is free and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Manuels River Interpretation Centre

   

29th Annual RBC Rennie's River Duck Race

Help us celebrate Rennie's birthday and the 29th Annual Rennie’s River Duck Race & Family Fun day! Join Rennie and his 2,500 rubber duck guests as they make their way down the river towards the finish line.

The annual RBC Rennie’s River Duck Race is a fundraiser for the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation. Funds from this event help support the environmental education, conservation and stewardship initiatives of the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation.

Duck Race Tickets are $10 each, or three for $25. Family Fun Day is FREE (BBQ, games, face paint, etc.) and registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

12 - 3 p.m.Herder Bridge, Rennie's River, St. John's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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