About Science World British Columbia
Science World is a BC-based, non-profit organization that brings STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design, and Math) learning opportunities to people across the province through exhibits, programs, community engagement, online resources and educational films.
In early 2017, Science World embarked on a community engagement and consultation process to re-evaluate the role of the organization over the next generation. Though research, internal consultations and a province-wide community engagement process, Science World defined a new mission and vision, as well as new strategic pillars that will inform how they serve the community going forward.
Mission—Through science and nature, we ignite wonder and empower dreams.
Vision—Within a generation, Canada will be a country of thriving, sustainable communities rooted in science, innovation and a deep connection to nature.
New Strategic Pillars:
- Experiential Learning Leader - Through engaging exhibits and programs, Science World will continue to deliver high-quality experiential learning opportunities and expand their emphasis on science communication training for mentors, including teachers, scientists, engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs.
- National Hub for Science Engagement - With the goal of becoming a national community convening hub for science engagement, Science World will host a diverse range of events—from lectures and town hall discussions to drama and music—with an emphasis on pressing, often controversial topics at the intersection of art, science, technology and sustainability.
- Symbiosis – Science World recently launched Symbiosis, a province-wide STEAM-learning initiative designed to provide equal and increased access to high quality educational opportunities for youth throughout British Columbia by connecting students across the province with mentors, resources and technology.
As a non-profit organization, Science World relies on donations to inspire and foster future science and technology leadership throughout the province. Donations to the organization support Science World’s educational programs, events, exhibits and community outreach. By supporting Science World programs and initiatives, donors help inspire curiosity and build interest in science-related fields among BC’s youth. To donate to Science World, visit scienceworld.ca/donate.
Science World is located at TELUS World of Science, Vancouver’s iconic geodesic dome in False Creek, originally built for Expo 86. The facility has hosted over 13 million visitors since opening, and serves more than 750,000 visitors annually.
On May 6, 2019, Science World will be celebrating 30 years of bringing the joy of science to the people of British Columbia. For more information on the organization’s history click here.
TELUS World of Science
TELUS World of Science hosts engaging hands-on galleries and exhibits, teaching labs and classrooms, as well as Science World’s two theatres.
The OMNIMAX® Theatre, the world’s largest dome theatre for screening large-format, features educational films and hosts renowned speakers such as Jane Goodall and Chris Hadfield. Seating 410 people, the theatre’s screen is 27 metres in diameter and five storeys high. It features twenty-eight speakers and a massive sub-bass driver at the front of the theatre, which contributes to an unparalleled surround sound experience.
The high-definition Science Theatre immerses visitors in experiential learning opportunities with educational films and experimental live stage performances which educate and complement exhibit themes.
Science World hosts educational, hands-on galleries for all age groups. Current galleries include:
- Wonder Gallery—Colourful, playful and buzzing with energy, Science World’s Wonder Gallery was created exclusively for early learners, ages 0-5. Providing a highly-interactive space where babies, toddlers and preschoolers can get hands-on, this gallery helps develop a sense of curiosity and a love of science from an early age. Visitors can splash about with engaging water features, climb the gallery’s sky-high tree house, build a skyscraper, experiment and crawl to their heart’s content.
- Our World: BMO Sustainability Gallery—Teaching visitors how everyday decisions can affect the world around us, Our World explores electricity, water consumption, waste and the impact we have on our planet. Visitors learn about waste reduction, what happens to our recycled goods, how wind turbines create electricity and can go for a run in the gallery’s energy drum to generate electrical energy on the spot.
- Eureka!—Visitors can launch a parachute, capture their shadow and move themselves with a giant propeller as they experiment with water, light, sound and motion among the colourful and lively exhibits in Eureka! Home to Science World’s spectacular water table, ball launchers and walk on piano, Eureka! is the place that brings out the curious scientist in all of us.
- BodyWorks—The newly reopened BodyWorks Gallery explores human life sciences and helps visitors gain a better understanding about how the choices they make impact their bodies. BodyWorks promotes positive messaging about the body while celebrating diversity. In the Genome BC Lab Zone, grade 8–12 students use lab equipment to get to know themselves on the cellular level by exploring DNA, genetics and the rapidly expanding field of genomics.
- Tinkering Space: The WorkSafeBC Gallery—Science Word’s Tinkering Space gallery facilitates and nurtures hands-on creativity and problem-solving, while teaching safety awareness. Immersing visitors in the iterative design process, guests can build new things from existing parts, solve problems and learn by mistakes: Question, imagine, create, test and repeat!
- Ken Spencer Science Park—Science World’s outdoor gallery, Ken Spencer Park features interactive exhibits and pop-up programming that will engage visitors in the sustainability choices we make about transportation, energy, water, food, waste and housing – exploring issues like urban planning and green energy. Visitors can stop by the chicken coop to learn more about Science World’s family of hens and how they can raise their own backyard chickens.
- Search: Sara Stern Gallery—Exploring the wonders of nature, visitors can crawl through a real beaver lodge, sink their fingers into a bear's furry coat, listen to the buzz of bees, play out a tune on a stone lithophone and stand beneath a towering T. Rex.
The Feature Gallery at TELUS World of Science showcases temporary exhibitions created, designed and built by Science World or rented from a variety of sources. Continually bringing new, diverse and current learning opportunities to the people of British Columbia, feature exhibitions and accompanying programs change three to four times a year. Previous feature galleries include The Science Behind Pixar, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out, Ultimate Dinosaurs, and LEGO® Travel Adventure.
Community Engagement Programs
Science World’s community engagement programs bring hands-on opportunities to youth across the province who may not have access to TELUS World of Science in Vancouver. Last year, volunteers visited 420 schools in 128 communities across British Columbia, delivering free presentations to over 35,000 students—all with the goal of inspiring students to explore careers in STEAM fields.
Science World’s community engagement programs include:
- Science World On The Road—A touring science show, this program uses fun, inquiry-based demonstrations to engage youth in British Columbia in science in order to spark curiosity and stimulate learning. In the first seven years of the program, On The Road made more than 1,000 visits to communities large and small throughout BC, reaching more than 1.3 million people, including more than one million students in grades K–12.
- Future Science Leaders—A program designed to inspire and challenge top students to excel in science and technology. Students participate in skill-building activities and innovative learning, in topics typically reserved for universities. They interact with science and technology leaders and explore scientific research, academic theory and industry applications.
- BC Green Games—A province-wide sustainability storytelling contest for students from kindergarten to grade 12 that inspires action and encourages collaboration. Over the past 10 years since the program began, 1,143 inspirational eco-action projects have been submitted.
- Super Science Club—An award-winning program providing a safe, after-school science club for underserved students attending inner-city schools. The program reaches more than 1,000 students annually at 18 locations across Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
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