Canadian Association of Science Centres

Canadian Association of Science Centres
Breaking Through

Breaking Through

May 28, 2006 10:00 ET

CASC: National Awards for Science Centres

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 28, 2006) - At the 4th annual awards gala dinner on May 27th, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) recognized outstanding achievements in the informal science learning community. They recognized those people and innovative exhibitions and programs that inspire and engage visitors with new ideas in science and new ways of looking at the world.



Best Onsite Program

This award will be given annually to a CASC full member organisation
for the best educational or interpretive program. WINNER: What are
the Odds?, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina

The Saskatchewan Science Centre, in partnership with Saskatchewan
Health, has developed a multi-faceted approach to teaching
probability, risk, chance, and problem gambling through mathematical,
scientific, interactive, emotional and fun perspectives. The "What
are the Odds?" initiative includes sponsored fieldtrips, a camp-in
component, and an annual two-day Youth Symposium. The main target
group for the programming is priority and at-risk communities with a
goal to improving healthy outcomes through better choices.

Scott Langen
Tel: 306-791-7900; Fax: 306-525-0194
Email: slangen@sasksciencecentre.com

Best Outreach Program

This award will be given annually to a CASC full member organisation
for the best outreach program by, or for, a CASC full member
organization. WINNER: Super Science Club, Science World, Vancouver

The Super Science Club is an after-school science program developed
for inner-city designated schools to provide a safe, supportive
environment for at-risk youth to explore science. The objectives of
the Super Science Club are to inspire children to be inquisitive
about the world around them, develop a long-term interest in science
and technology, and take a life long interest in learning.

Pauline Finn
Tel: 604-443-7554; Fax: 604-443-7430
Email: pfinn@scienceworld.ca

Award Category: Best Exhibit or Show

This award will be given annually to a CASC full member organisation
for the best permanent, temporary or travelling exhibition, or
multimedia, live presentation or planetarium show. WINNER: The
Climate Change Show, Science North, Sudbury

Through the use of multimedia, special effects, an animated host
named "Sheepie", and an incredible theatrical set, the show captures
the visitors' attention and takes them on a scientific journey into
the causes and impacts of climate change. It also explores renewable
energy strategies and provides examples of how every individual can
play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Alan Nursall
Tel: 705-522-3701; Fax: 705-522-4954
Email: nursall@sciencenorth.ca

Outstanding Project or Program Leadership

The Award for Outstanding Project or Program Leadership is awarded to
an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership during a
period of great change in their organisation. Nominations are judged
by the degree to which the nominee has demonstrated outstanding
leadership to inspire staff and nurture their talents and skills, has
demonstrated outstanding leadership in developing relationships for
the institution and its community, and has demonstrated outstanding
leadership in meeting project goals and objectives. WINNER: Chantal
Barriault, Co-director, Science Communication

Science North, 100 Ramsey Lake Rd, Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA P3E 5S9
Telephone: 705-522-3701 ext. 245; Fax: 705-522-4954
barriault@sciencenorth.ca; web: sciencenorth.ca

Making a Difference

The Making a Difference award is for an individual engaged directly
in program or exhibit delivery, who has made a significant difference
to their colleagues and their public visitors. Nominations are judged
by the degree to which the nominee inspires the staff and visitors at
their institution, applies new ideas and/or enhances best practices;
demonstrates the potential to inspire and nurture creative thinking,
and builds relationships for his or her institution within the
community. WINNER: Nicola Focht, Public Program Coordinator, The
Exploration Place, Prince George, BC

Nicola@theexplorationplace.com
Telephone: 250.562.1612

About The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC):

The Canadian Association of Science Centres is dedicated to improving
the capacity of its members to enhance and promote public
understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. More than 7
million people visit science centres annually, including 1.5 school
children. The CASC represents 43 member institutions, including
science centres, museums, planetariums, children's museums and nature
centres.


Contact Information

  • Canadian Association of Science Centres
    Tracy Ross
    Executive Director
    Cell: (416) 522-6652
    Email: ross@sciencenorth.ca