The Saskatchewan Science Centre’s newest permanent exhibit, Richardson Ag-grow-land, is now open! Yesterday was opening day, so we invited some special guests.
Here is Curt Vossen, president of Richardson International (the title sponsor of the exhibit), speaking to a crowd of school kids and a lot of invited guests that helped us bring this exhibit to the public:
One of the coolest parts of the exhibit is this 20 foot play structure shaped like a Pioneer inland terminal. You can see the kids really loved it!
Do you know how those old grain elevators worked? Or the new inland terminals? Now you do:
Also very cool is the kid-sized combine:
I have to confess, I wanted to check it out myself:
Hey — I wanted to see the wheat being harvested! Like a lot of Saskatchewan kids, I remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap while he drove the combine. And, it looked like this:
Did you know that canola is a tiny little round black seed? I didn’t — but I know now, thanks to this part of the exhibit:
You can stick your hand in and touch all sorts of different kinds of grains.
But we don’t just grow grain in Saskatchewan — we have saskatoon berries, lentils, potatoes, and we also have stuff like beef and pork. Ever seen a calf being born? I hadn’t until I watched this video in the barn:
There is a lot more to this exhibit (a movable touchscreen! barcoded crops! little grain trucks you can move around! a giant puzzle wall!) so you should really go have a look at the Flickr set. Or, come to the Science Centre! We’d love to have you.