Archive for May, 2009

GO! science

May 31, 2009

I’d like to introduce you to Jayne and Jessica, the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s GO! science Explorers:

Jayne and Jessica in crayon

As you can see, they are made out of crayon. As you can imagine, this isn’t a real portrait of the two (Jayne’s arms aren’t quite that long in real life). This is, in fact, part of a thank you card sent by a student from Alameda. Jayne and Jessica actually received a whole bunch of thank you cards:

Thank you cards from Alameda

Isn’t that so nice? Jayne and Jessica, and their supervisor Clinton, loved each and every card. They’ve been passed around much of the office as well — we like fan mail!

So, what is GO! science? It’s the Saskatchewan Science Centre outside of the Science Centre. If you are from a school or community group, you can give us a call and Jayne and Jessica will come out and teach your kids some science.

Alameda school got to learn about about momentum, gravity and friction through making model roller coasters in a workshop called Thrill Rides. They also got to see the Cotton Candy Show, where they learned about the chemistry behind the sugar molecule and the biology of how the human body processes sugar. Then, they got to eat cotton candy! These workshops are a great way to teach science in a fun way, and science and fun are our specialty!

Here are just a few more of these fantastic cards. Check out the roller coaster:

Fun job

And this awesome picture of cotton candy:

Cotton candy

As always, there are more pictures in the Flickr set!

Interested in seeing the GO! science Explorers for yourself? You don’t have to be a teacher — they can come out for your town’s sports day or fair this summer, or a family reunion with lots of kids! Or really any event where you think we could entertain with science. To find out more, give Clinton a call at 791-7955 in Regina, or toll-free 1-800-667-6300 (extension 5).

Oh, and here are what Jayne and Jessica really look like:

The real Jayne and Jessica

See? Much shorter arms!

Stay curious,
Collette

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Lost dog!

May 31, 2009

Last Monday we had a pretty exciting morning at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. A very cute, very happy little beagle wandered through the front doors of the building!

It took Dan a while to catch her, but he did. And he fell in love. Actually, we all did. Here is Dan, from exhibits maintenance, and Trevor, our IMAX projectionist, giving some love to the little runaway:

The guys and the dog

Who wouldn’t fall in love with this face?

Little lost beagle

We kept her happy with a chew toy, until the Regina Humane Society could come pick her up. She had no tags, so we had no other way of trying to find her owner.

Chew toy!

All week I asked Dan if he’d called to see if she’d been picked up by her owners. We’ve all been so busy, though, so he still hadn’t the last time I checked with him. We’re pretty confident she had owners, so I’m not too worried. She was lovely, if not just incredibly lively! I’m sure she has a wonderful home.

It made for a pretty exciting morning, though, I tell ya!

Stay curious,
Collette

Tonka the tortoise.

May 28, 2009

Did you know we are on Twitter? If you’re on Twitter, you are most welcome to follow us! And if you’re not on Twitter, you can still go to our Twitter page and read our Tweets. We have a feed just over there on the right of this blog. See it?

Well, this next story is something I’d normally put out over Twitter. It doesn’t really relate to the Saskatchewan Science Centre, and it’s a story that someone else has talked about. But, it’s so cute I want as many people as possible to see it!

Meet Tonka: the fastest tortoise on three legs!

Tonka the tortoise

Tonka the tortoise

Little Tonka lost her leg, so they gave her some wheels to make up the difference. Read more about Tonka here.

We do have turtles at the Saskatchewan Science Centre, named Sonny and Cher. They probably aren’t as fast as Tonka, but they’re pretty cute too. They are a different kind, called red-eared sliders. You should come visit them!

Stay curious,
Collette