Canadian Museum of Nature

Canadian Museum of Nature

November 11, 2005 09:00 ET

Media Advisory, Arctic Bound: Canadian Museum of Nature Staff Take Science Presentations to Nunavut

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 11, 2005) - Two Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) employees are leaving their cubicles in the National Capital Region and heading to Nunavut to engage school kids in natural science.

CMN mineralogist, Dr. Paula Piilonen, and Senior Educator Michaela Roenspies will travel to three communities each as part of the Nunavut Research Institute's Simply Science Schools programme. Dr. Piilonen will be in Repulse Bay, Whale Cove and Coral Harbour, showing kids about how to identify minerals, as well as talking about diamonds and gold mining up north. In Kugaaruk, Taloyoak, and Gjoa Haven, Ms. Roenspies will give presentations on the arctic hare, the star of a CMN-developed Web site launched earlier this year.

Dr. Paula Piilonen's itinerary:
Sunday, Nov.13 - Coral Harbour
Nov. 14-15 - Coral Harbour (Sakku School, K-12)
Nov. 15 p.m. - travel to Repulse Bay
Nov. 16-17 - Repulse Bay (Tusarvik school, K-12)
Nov. 17 p.m. - travel to Whale Cove
Nov. 18 - Whale Cove (Inuglak School, K-12)
Saturday, Nov.19 - Winnipeg to Ottawa

Michaela Roenspies's itinerary:
Sunday, Nov. 13 - arrive in Kugaaruk
Nov. 14-15 - Kugaaruk
Nov. 16-17 - Gjoa Haven (Qiqirtaq High School)
Nov. 18 - Taloyoak
Saturday, Nov. 19 - depart Taloyoak in p.m.; arrive in Yellowknife in

The CMN has participated in the Simply Science Schools programme since 2002. Along with minerals and the arctic hare, topics covered have included climate change in the arctic, animal adaptations to the cold, fossils and DNA and genetics. The interactive sessions have received highly positive feedback from the students and teachers.

This is Dr. Piilonen's second trip to Nunavut through the programme. In March 2003, she did an exhaustive five days' worth of mineral presentations (four times a day) in Igloolik.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Museum of Nature
    Laura Sutin
    Media Relations Officer
    (613) 566-4793 or 1-800-263-4433
    Nunavut Research Institute, Iqaluit
    Mary Ellen Thomas
    (867) 979-7279