Science East participates in 2016 Canadian Museums Day on Parliament Hill

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Science East participates in  2016 Canadian Museums Day on Parliament Hill

On January 25 and 26, Canadian museum professionals welcomed the 42nd Parliament and the new Cabinet for 2016 Canadian Museums Day. Museum representatives participated in briefing and professional development sessions and met with members of Parliament to discuss ways to support Canadian museums.

Click here to read a recap of a successful day on the Hill and a reception hosted by The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Association.

Science East’s adult science night returns with Science of Food

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This event is now sold out. 

Science East’s popular Science After Dark series for adults is back with even more fun and fascinating experiments for grown-ups! This year, Science East is pleased to present Science After Dark: Science of Food on Friday, January 22, so expect tasty treats and thrilling science!

“Food and drink is something we all encounter every day, so it’s really neat to go a bit deeper to the science behind it,” says Michael Edwards, Director of Strategic Initiatives. “We’ll be inviting all kinds of local people who work with food everyday to showcase the science and technology they use – with plenty of samples, of course!”

Some of the hands-on experiments planned include examining the chemical structure of sugar at different temperatures, as well as the science behind our sense of taste.

“I’m really hoping we’ll have at least one or two supertasters among our guests,” says Edwards. “We have a very cool way to test for it that you’ll really want to try for yourselves.”

Science East’s adult science night is part of FROSTival, a month long winter celebration of cultural and outdoor festivals taking place in greater Fredericton from Jan 21 – February 14, 2016. Science After Dark: Science of Food is a licensed event, guests must be 19 years or older to attend.

Christmas gift ideas from Science East!

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Christmas gift ideas from Science East!

Looking for something unique for loved ones this Christmas? Start your shopping at Science East! We have something for just about everyone – from memberships, to workshops and events, to all kinds of neat science-based products in our gift shop!

Memberships: Choose from Family or Grandparent memberships for just $80+tax! You can also get a Couple membership for $60, Adult membership for $35 or Student (14+) for $25! All our memberships include a full year at Science East, admission to more than 350 other science centres, and discounts on birthday parties, camps and in our gift shop. Plus you can buy your memberships online and we’ll mail them for you! Buy now

Christmas Gift Passes: New this year! Get 4 child passes to Science East for just $25, designed with our fun, festive theme! Must be purchased in person at Science East, or over the phone at 506-457-2340.

Science of Food: Science East’s popular science night for adults is back on Jan 22, 2016 as part of FROSTival! Just $15 per person, this event promises some tasty treats, cool science and perhaps a beverage or two! Tickets go on sale Dec 15 – must be purchased in person at Science East, or by phone at 506-457-2340. This event always sells out, so don’t wait too long to buy!

Science Gift Shop: From unique stocking stuffers to eye-opening presents that are sure to delight and inspire! Come to Science East to see our selection in person!

Gift Certificates: Give the gift that covers it all! Science East gift certificates are available in the denomination of your choice – must be purchased in person at Science East, or by phone at 506-457-2340.

 

 

Even more membership options for Science East!

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Even more membership options for Science East!

Science East is now offering even more membership options to New Brunswickers, just in time for Christmas! Science East now has a Couple membership for two adults, in addition to its already popular Family, Grandparent, Individual and Student memberships.

“This is a great option for couples without children or who no longer have children living at home who want to take advantage of our science centre and travel benefits,” says Science East CEO David Desjardins. “And it’s not limited to couples either – it could be parents and adult children, siblings – any two adults with an interest in science who want to share a membership.”

Science East has also permanently dropped the price of its student membership, from $35 to just $25. This membership is available to students 14-year-old and older, with valid student ID.

“We want to make the science centre accessible to all, especially those who are pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math,” says Desjardins. “It’s a great way to have some fun and explore different aspects of what you might be studying while applying science concepts.”

Science East memberships include year-round admission to the Fredericton science centre – members also enjoy free admission at more than 350 other science centres around the world, including the Halifax Discovery Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in TorontoTelus Spark and many more! Members also receive discounts on camps, workshops, birthday parties and in the Science East gift shop.

Science East memberships can be purchased online, in person at the science centre (668 Brunswick Street), or over the phone by calling 506-457-2340.

Science East mourns the passing of founder, Dr. Marie MacBeath

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Science East mourns the passing of founder, Dr. Marie MacBeath

(Fredericton) – It is with great sadness that Science East Science Centre announces the passing of our founder, Dr. Marie MacBeath. A passionate educator and communicator, Dr. MacBeath was committed to making science accessible and engaging for people of all ages and will be greatly missed.

Dr. MacBeath was born in Campbellton, NB, on January 23, 1925. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Mount Allison University and a B.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick. Early in her career she worked as a research chemist in Montreal and England, and as a high school science teacher. In the 1960’s, Dr. MacBeath and her late husband, George MacBeath (first director of the Ontario Science Centre), were commissioned to tour the world’s science centres in Europe, and wrote a comprehensive report on the use of interactive exhibits. On their return to New Brunswick in the 1970’s, Dr. MacBeath graduated with a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick, and taught at UNB until her retirement in 1990.

Dr. MacBeath’s commitment to science education continued into her retirement; she wrote and presented 26 television science segments for children, as well as producing a 13 part series featuring science professors. In 1994, Dr. MacBeath became the driving force in the establishment of Science East, funding its first exhibits with her own money. Her love of healthy living and lifelong learning kept her vibrant and engaged with life until close to the end, despite chronic struggles with her health. Her positive energy, loving nature and strength continue to inspire former colleagues, students, Science East staff and visitors.

Dr. MacBeath died peacefully at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on November 13th, with her loving family by her side. She is survived by her two daughters, Lyn and Judie MacBeath, grandchildren Nancy Johnston Mullin, Kate Howes and Geordie Howes, and great-grandson, Wesley Mullin.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. MacBeath had requested that donations be made toScience East. A ‘celebration of life’ gathering will be held on Friday, December 4 from 3-6 pm at the Wu Conference Centre at UNB.

A video memorial of Dr. Marie MacBeath, featuring a 2010 audio interview,
 can be viewed here.

Trick or Treat! The APEGNB Low Scare Haunted Tour returns to Science East!

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Fredericton’s best Halloween event for kids is back, as the 3rd annual APEGNB Haunted Tour returns to Science East Science Centre!  Little ghosts and goblins will encounter spooky delights and fascinating sights, all in the intriguing and mysterious old York County Jail!

“Our event really focuses on the wonder and science of Halloween,” says educator Becky Geneau. “I think it’s what makes our event so unique for families. There are always things you just won’t find at any other Halloween event – we’re even going to make our visitors disappear!”

The Science East Haunted Tour will also feature lots of hands-on activities, plus time to play with all our Halloween-themed exhibits. Proceeds from the Tour go to support Science East’s Little Explorers program, a free-access program for early learners.

Here’s what you need to know for this year’s tour…

  • Dates and Times: The Low Scare Haunted Tour will run on Friday, Oct 30 from 3 pm – 7 pm, and on Saturday, Oct 31 from 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Special entrance for event: Our Haunted Tour will be kicking off at Science East’s back gate (also known as the Market entrance). From there, you’ll travel to each floor of Science East with lots of adventures along the way!
  • Admission: Cash only. $5/person.
  • Costumes are encouraged! It’s Halloween, so we’d love to see you dressed up in your finest!

For more information, please call 506-457-2340.

Illuminate! Science East launches new season of award-winning program in New Brunswick

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Science East Science Centre is pleased to announce this year’s dates and locations for its award-winning program, Illuminate! Shedding Light on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)!

Each year, Science East educators visit a dozen different schools around the province with hands-on workshops for students on different STEM-related topics. These workshops are capped off by a community night, showcasing different businesses and professionals in the area and how they use STEM.

“A lot of students struggle to make connections between what they learn in school and the careers they’re interested in,” says Illuminate! program coordinator Kayoe Stewart. “Through Illuminate!, we shed light on the variety of careers that require science or math – everything from art and medicine, to computer programming and mechanics. It’s a way to show students and their families what career options are possible with STEM, and help them learn about the courses that are necessary to get there.”

This year’s Illuminate! program will kick off in Nackawic on Oct 27, with seven more schools to follow before mid-December. Additional schools and dates will be added in the New Year.

“We invite local businesses who use STEM to set up interactive displays,” says Illuminate! community night coordinator, Angela Chang. “It’s an opportunity for students to meet people in their own communities who are using STEM every day, and it’s a chance to celebrate and promote the work being done, right here in New Brunswick.

In 2014, Illuminate! received the Best Outreach Program in Canada award from the Canadian Association of Science Centres.

Illuminate! community nights are free and open to the public, and will feature hands-on activities and displays for all ages.

6-7:30 pm, Oct 21 – Nackawic Middle School

6-7:30 pm, Oct 27 – Tobique Valley Middle High School (Plaster Rock)

6-7:30 pm, Nov 3 – Grand Manan Community School

6-7:30 pm, Nov 5 – Chipman Forest Avenue School

6-7:30 pm, Nov 10 – St. Mary’s Academy (Edmundston)

6-7:30 pm, Nov 19 – Campbellton Middle School

6-7:30 pm, Nov 26 – Fundy High School (St. George)

6-7:30 pm, Dec 3 – Harold Peterson Middle School (Oromocto)

For more information on Illuminate!, please contact Kayoe Stewart at kayoe.stewart@scienceeast.nb.ca, or call 506-457-2340 x 125.

If your business or group is interested in setting up a display at an Illuminate! night, please contact Angela Chang at angela.chang@scienceeast.nb.ca or call 506-457-2340 x 130.

First Nations Science Program gets major boost from RBC Foundation

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Science East Science Centre is pleased to announce a major funding initiative for its First Nations Science Program from RBC Foundation. Representatives from the bank presented Science East with a cheque for $10-thousand, as a first installment. RBC Foundation will invest a total of $30-thousand over three years into the program.

“We are very happy to support the First Nations Science Program,” says Jeramie Joudry, branch manager for RBC Royal Bank. “This is an important program to foster growth and community partnerships, and we are excited to be part of it.”

The First Nations Science Program was established in 2011, with an initial gift from RBC Foundation. The program inspires understanding and interest in science studies and careers by providing hands-on science workshops, travelling exhibits, career events, after-school activities, science centre visits and professional development for teachers in science.

Science East has developed a national reputation for the quality of its science outreach programming across New Brunswick. In 2014, Science East was the winner of Best Outreach Program in Canada from the Canadian Association of Science Centres for their science and technology career program, Illuminate.

“This gives us long-term sustainability for our First Nations Science Program,” says Science East CEO David Desjardins. “Our staff have worked hard to make this program happen, and we couldn’t be happier to know we have the resources to keep it going for years to come.”

RBC is one of Canada’s largest corporate donors, with a tradition of philanthropy dating back to 1891. In 2014, RBC committed more than $104 million in donations and sponsorships worldwide to support community activities and organizations.

Picture (L to R): Chris Morrison, RBC Royal Bank Commercial Account Manager; David Desjardins, CEO of Science East; Jeramie Joudry, RBC Royal Bank Branch Manager.