Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, has announced the federal government, through Canadian Heritage, is investing over $400,000 in support of two important Science North initiatives.
Northern Ontario’s only outdoor science park being built at Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel, a major tourist attraction and tourism driver for the North, will receive $310,000 in funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. In addition, Wild Weather, Science North’s new blockbuster travelling exhibition, will receive $100,000 through the Museums Assistance Program.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support Science North and its fascinating exhibit Wild Weather, an immersive experience that will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to discover and investigate the intersection of science, technology and our natural environment,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
“Science North has become synonymous with leadership in science education, in family entertainment and in promoting Sudbury to the rest of Canada and the world,” said Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre. “Since 1998, the federal government has invested close to $8 million to support expansion plans at Science North and Dynamic Earth, as well as the development of new programs and exhibits, and I’m so proud this relationship is continuing.”
“I am extremely pleased that our government is demonstrating its commitment to Northern Ontario by investing in educational and engaging experiences at Science North. The investments being made to Dynamic Earth present a significant opportunity to boost tourism to Greater Sudbury, and investing in the travelling exhibit Wild Weather will enable Science North to highlight what Greater Sudbury is capable of offering, all across Canada,” said Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt.
“We’re thrilled to have the support of Canadian Heritage. It is crucial for both Science North and Dynamic Earth to have continuous change in order to attract new tourists and encourage repeat visitation to the science centres, and this funding support helps realize this goal,” said Scott Lund, Chair of the Science North Board. “Canadian Heritage has been supportive throughout the various phases of growth of Dynamic Earth, Canada’s 8th largest science centre. We are grateful for their continued recognition that Dynamic Earth is a major cultural attraction and tourism driver for our city and Northern Ontario as a whole. Guy Labine, Science North CEO added “Wild Weather marks the 11th travelling exhibition developed by Science North. In addition to creating a new and engaging visitor experience that will bring visitors to Northern Ontario, it is crucial to the organization’s export sales goal, which is an important revenue generator for Science North and stimulator of economic impact locally.”
OUTDOOR SCIENCE PARK AT DYNAMIC EARTH
The 1,500-square-metre outdoor science park, opening this summer, will be a natural extension of the Dynamic Earth experience. Full-sized mining equipment is being incorporated into the experiences and science-themed interactive structures. Visitors to the science park will be able to sit in and play with a real load-haul-dump truck, use a slide designed to represent a slag pour, create music with a rock xylophone made of limestone slabs, and ride on a wave machine—a teeter-totter like structure that mimics the travel of seismic waves.
The development of the outdoor science park is part of a $3 million multi-year expansion and renewal initiative at Dynamic Earth, which began in 2014. Among the projects included in the renewal is an enhanced underground experience, upgrades to the Nickel City Stories object theatre, and new hands-on exhibits in the galleries.
In addition to the investment provided by Canadian Heritage, the Dynamic Earth renewal initiative has been supported by FedNor, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the City of Greater Sudbury, and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.
SPECIAL EXHIBITON WILD WEATHER
Opening June 11, 2016, Wild Weather, a 600-square-metre highly interactive and entertaining travelling exhibition, is designed to immerse and engage visitors of all ages in the science of severe weather.
Visitors can experience a research flight through a hurricane, witness the destruction of tornadoes, follow turbulent cloud formations and lightning strikes, become citizen scientists in the midst of a raging winter storm, meet a researcher studying the force of wind in the lab and get blown away in a staged hurricane photo opp. Through the exhibition’s unique experiences, visitors will discover how emerging technologies and recent scientific discoveries are improving our ability to forecast severe weather and prepare for future climate change.
Wild Weather was developed and produced by Science North in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. In addition to support from Canadian Heritage, the exhibition has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
Following its world premiere at Science North, Wild Weather will begin its five-year international tour when it opens at Ontario Science Centre in fall 2016. Wild Weather is the 11th
travelling exhibition to be produced by Science North.
For more information about Wild Weather, visit sciencenorth.ca/wildweather.
About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province. Science North maintains the second and eighth-largest science centres in Canada. Science North’s attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, a separate science centre focused on mining and earth sciences. In addition to the two science centres in Sudbury, Science North also oversees an award-winning Large Format Film production unit, as well as an International Sales unit, which develops custom and ready-made exhibits for sale or lease to science centres, museums, and other cultural institutions all over the world. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, have developed North America’s first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a 10-month joint graduate diploma program. As part of its mandate, Science North provides science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more, and has a permanent base in Thunder Bay providing outreach to the Northwest. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information please visit sciencenorth.ca.
Source: Press release