For Immediate Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 25, 2007
SCIENCE NORTH INCREASES SERVICE TO NORTH BAY AND OTHER AREAS OF NORTHERN ONTARIO
MPP, NIPISSING TOURS SUMMER SCIENCE CAMPS IN NORTH BAY
North Bay, ON – Nipissing MPP Monique Smith, along with Science North CEO, Jim Marchbank and Director of Education and Northern Programs, Laura Kuzenko, visited Science North’s Summer Science Camps at St. Hubert School in North Bay today to see first hand the educational programming that Science North is offering young people in Nipissing, including the Science Quest Camp that is new to North Bay.
âScience North’s success in reaching out to all of Northern Ontario is a testament to the organization’s reputation for creating fun and educational programs that children want to take part in, and that parents support as well. The Government of Ontario is proud to partner with Science North to develop programs for children that foster an interest in science and technology," said Nipissing MPP Monique Smith.
In North Bay, Science North is offering three weeks of Summer Science Camps. 70 children are currently registered.
In 2007, Science North’s Summer Science Camps are being offered in 17 Northern Ontario Communities – from North Bay to Sault Ste. Marie, and from Barrie to Moosonee. This summer, Science North has expanded to offer Summer Science Camps in two other communities in Northwestern Ontario, Manitouwadge and Geraldton. Marathon and Nipigon will be added in 2008.
Science North has been offering Summer Science Camp programming for children for over twenty years. Each week-long Summer Science Camp day program provides a unique mix of hands-on science and fun for kids aged 4 to 15. In 2007, depending on the community, up to 14 different Summer Science Camps are available, with topics ranging from Kinder Nature Camp to 3D Game Making.
“Science Northâs goal is to provide one curriculum-based Science North experience to each of the 82,000 K to 8 students in Northern Ontario. Whether it’s an in-class visit from a Science North Bluecoat (science demonstrator) or a program delivered via videoconference over the Internet, we’re utilizing all the tools that we have in order to ensure that no child is left behind.” said Science North C.E.O., Jim Marchbank. Currently, Science North is reaching 40,000 school-age children annually.
Marchbank cites Meagan McGrath as an example of someone who was inspired by Science North’s Summer Science Camps to not only enter into a career in science, but to explore the natural world as well. In May, McGrath successfully climbed Mount Everest, in Nepal, and became the youngest Canadian Female and first Canadian Forces member to climb The Seven Summits (the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents).
Science North also prides itself on delivering highly specialized, curriculum-linked programming to reach school groups in other parts of Northern Ontario. From live theatrical science shows to cell biology labs, the delivery mechanisms are varied and respond to current trends in scientific literacy research. Science North delivers programming in both official languages.
In June, Science North delivered its inaugural school program via video conference. This technology will provide comprehensive access to Science North school programs at a distance. “During the 2007/ 2008 school year, Science North will be using this technology to deliver a limited number of school programs to select communities across Northern Ontario, and open it up to all Northern Ontario classrooms during the 2008/ 2009 school year,” said Laura Kuzenko, Director of Education and Northern Programs. These programs are made possible by a grant from Celebrate Ontario to create two portable web-cast studios.
Outreach is a bilingual service that Science North provides to communities in Northern Ontario and beyond. There are two forms of Outreach, one is designed for fairs, festivals and public events, and the other for schools. Currently, the Outreach program reaches 2,000 to 5,000 students per year who could not otherwise visit our attractions. Outreach presents science in an informal, entertaining manner, and is easily accessible to all.
About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontarioâs most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science Northâs six attractions â a science centre, IMAXÂ® theatre, butterfly gallery, motion simulator, special exhibits hall and a mining and geology attraction called Dynamic Earth â recorded more than 304,000 admissions last year. For more information, visit: http://sciencenorth.ca
For more information on Science North’s Summer Science Camps, visit http://sciencenorth.ca/camps.
For more information on Science North’s School Programs, visit http://sciencenorth.ca/schools.
For more information on Science North’s Outreach programs, visit http://sciencenorth.ca/outreach.
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