Remembering Dr. Ann Sherman, Educator

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(Fredericton, August 8, 2017) – Dr. Ann Sherman was a perpetual educator, both professionally and personally, throughout her life. In 2013, she added Science East to her list of people, places and things which benefited from her support and encouragement. She was excited by our inquiry-based approach to science education, which reflected her own perspectives on effective engagement in education. Ann began her teaching career as a high school science and math teacher and moved to elementary school teaching and earned a grad degree in Leadership and then completed an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UNB. She ended her public school teaching career as a school administrator before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham. She taught in university settings since 1996 and continued to research effective teaching, formative assessment, inquiry based science, and the connections between all three.

Ann was slated to begin her first term as Science East President this September. During her governance at Science East, she was especially proud of the success of our free-access early learning program in science and the First Nations Science Program which works with three partner schools. Her long relationship with Science East began with the CRYSTAL Atlantique project, a 5-year collaborative study, bringing together universities and other learning institutions from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on the subject of informal science education and professional development for teachers in the K to 12 sphere.

Michael Edwards, an educator at Science East for 20 years, was introduced to Ann during their work with the CRYSTAL project, “When we met, it was her wicked sense of humor that helped us hit it off. I probably made a somewhat inappropriate joke quietly to her and she laughed long enough and loud enough that everyone was staring, wondering what was going on.” Years later at the Iron Science teaching competition in Alberta, a Canada-wide challenge encouraging innovation in science education, he again ran into Ann, then serving as the Vice Dean of Education at the University of Calgary. She was bursting to share a secret with him and requested he keep it strictly under wraps until it was officially announced to the public—she was to be the new Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick. She was coming home.

Returning to Atlantic Canada, she was able to be closer to beloved family and friends once again and continue her mission to change the face of education across the Atlantic Region for teachers and for students. When she returned as Dean of Education at UNB, the CRYSTAL project was winding down however the two remained in touch while he completed his Masters of Education at UNB. Ann was integral in helping him complete his thesis and defend it successfully, “She was someone that others gravitated towards because she radiated a kindness where she genuinely wanted to hear about what you were doing. And then she would offer to help. She was always offering to help out because she was just that kind of person. She possessed an insight that could provide clarity when it was lacking, and a no nonsense, pragmatic approach that she kept right up to the end. Quite simply, she was an amazing influence on everyone around her, and I’m very lucky to have known her.” Even the news of her recent prognosis was received in her usual style—with spirit, adaptation and pluck.

In 2013, Science East began strategic planning for the science centre’s future. Ann was interviewed for a related study. Months later when she was asked to join the board, she simply said “What took you so long!?” She loved the intrigue of the historic jail and was excited to be a part of enhancing the educational offerings at the science centre for parents, teachers and the public in science learning with new classrooms, early learning resources and exhibition space. She was a powerful force in driving Science East forward. Earlier in the year the entire Science East boardroom was moved to the first floor of Science East’s auxiliary building to accommodate her physical challenges.  It was the second of two major moves for the board and indicative their collective desire to remove any barriers to her input and involvement.

Ann was a regular sight at the science centre, bringing classes of student teachers to Science East to get first-hand experience in using the hands-on science. She consistently encouraged students to use these methods to increase engagement and interest in their future classrooms. Her collaborative relationships in education spanned the globe and she continued to pursue these throughout her health issues of recent years. Her international work in education provided professional development for teachers in countries for whom education is a foundational piece in social and economic development. At her request, this legacy will continue this autumn when her longtime colleague Dr. Leo MacDonald (StFX), Michael Edwards and Dr. David Desjardins (Science East), and Dr. Grant Williams (STU) head to Kuwait this year. The group will undertake the monumental task of training all of the science educators in Kuwait’s schools in the use of experiential and inquiry-based teaching in science—a vital piece of the country’s broad renewal of the school system.

Dr. Linda Ann Sherman died on August 2, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.  Her official obituary and a video of her life can be found here. In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made to the Hospice House in Fredericton, where she spent her final days in great comfort and care.

A celebration of Ann’s life will be held Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 1:00pm , Christ Church Cathedral, 803 Brunswick St, Fredericton, NB

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 11th at 1:00pm in the Collingwood United Church, Collingwood, NS. Private condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mmcfunerals.com

 

 

A new era: Province transfers ownership of the former York County Jail to Science East

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(L to R) Bill Fraser, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Dr. David Desjardins, CEO, Science East and Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman.

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A new era: Province transfers ownership of the former York County Jail to Science East

Oct. 11, 2016 (Fredericton, NB)—After two decades of leasing spaces and properties, this week Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Minister Bill Fraser and Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman handed over the keys and the ownership of the 174-year old former York County Jail to Science East Science Centre. The building, located at 668 Brunswick Street, is a designated provincial heritage property.

“Science East has earned its reputation by fostering the development of inquiring minds, creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers. The building they occupy is a base for the exhibits, resources and education programs that reach more than 40,000 New Brunswickers each year,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “We are pleased to be able to turn this property over to them so they can continue to build on this work and guide the science centre into the future.”

The transfer of title expands Science East’s physical property assets significantly. Science East Science Centre is bordered by land committed to the Boyce Farmers Market and parking. In 2014, Science East purchased a house and accompanying parking area directly adjacent to the science centre at 163 St. John Street (Segee House). The house, then owned by the Province of New Brunswick, was put to public tender for sale. Science East subsequently won the tender after securing a mortgage and a donation from a private foundation.  Only 5000 sq. ft. of the science centre building is useable public space for education, exhibits and programs. The acquisition of Segee House allowed Science East to move several of their administrative offices to the St. John Street property–freeing an extra 1000 sq. ft. in the science centre for educational purposes. This summer, 16 exhibits from the former Halifax Discovery Centre were moved to Science East. These exhibits will be installed in the former office spaces at the science centre which have now been renovated for exhibit space. The majority of available travelling science exhibitions for lease in Canada, however, require twice to three times the floor space that Science East currently has available. Science East is considering various ways of addressing these challenges going forward.

“We are very excited by this news and we want to thank the Province for its partnership and cooperation. Owning the property will allow Science East to address the infrastructure needs of the building and enhance the profile of its heritage. This is the beginning of a new era for our centre,” said David Desjardins, CEO of Science East. Private donors and foundations have been reluctant to invest in the improvement and appearance of the heritage property while it was owned by the Province.

Science East has leased space for at various locations including the former National Exhibition Centre, King’s Place Mall, Brookside Mall and its current location. Science East spent more than $200,000 on renovation costs and approximately $15,000 a year in leasehold improvements of the former jail building. The deed for 668 Brunswick Street was transferred from the Province to Science East for $1.00. This transfer of ownership provides a permanent home for Science East in the heart of downtown. Science East is a registered Canadian charity.

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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.