New CEO of Science East announced

Media Contact:

Lieff Salonius,

Director, Development and Communications, Science East Science Centre

cell: 506-260-6237; lieff.salonius@scienceeast.nb.ca

 

For Immediate Release:

 New CEO of Science East announced

Fredericton, N.B., June 9, 2020- Science East is pleased to announce the appointment of Guy Robbins to the position of CEO, effective immediately. Guy is a strong advocate of change as the means for growth on a personal and professional level. A citizen of the world, he was brought up in Nigeria, Kenya and England.  He moved to Canada in 1997. He brings to Science East 20 years of executive and curatorial experience in museum management which spans across the US, UK and Western Canada. His love of history inspired his work as a curator at the UK’s Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum, the Augusta Museum of History in Georgia and other air and naval history museums. In Manitoba, he held the position of Executive Director at two museums before moving to New Brunswick. Guy was hired as Chief Operating Officer at Science East in September 2019.

Guy Robbins, CEO Science East Science Centre

Guy Robbins, CEO
Science East Science Centre

The provincial heritage building in which Science East exists creates a place where the lessons of the past as well social and scientific advancements come together to support an energized, creative future. “I see the incredible opportunity here. Adaptive reuse of historic buildings are strong attractions for the public and spark growth in the surrounding area. Downtown locations can easily become busy community hubs of activity and add value to the properties and businesses nearby”. In the coming months, Science East’s board will engage with our new CEO to fulfill the critical steps needed for a multi-phased plan to revitalize Science East as a heritage, education and tourism asset.

 

Guy’s experience and enthusiasm could not come at a better time for the unprecedented situation presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid response of Science East’s staff to the pandemic assures him that long-term goals are supported by a strong and flexible team. Staff quickly pivoted their activities by customizing at-home learning activities and ideas for families and educators using social media. In addition, Science East capitalized on the unexpected time and free space to address long-held goals such as renovations, which are normally a challenge as the centre is occupied throughout the busy summer tourist season.

 

Science East is open throughout the year normally and its visitation is in the range of 16,000-20,000 every year, with a further 40,000 people reached annually through outreach across the province with STEM programs, events, exhibits and our portable planetarium. COVID-19 has been a blow to revenues through science centre admissions and summer camps, however Guy is confident things will resume in the form of an adjusted normalcy later this year. The science centre is in the final stages of their plan for a modified opening targeted for late July-early August, depending upon the situation in the province. Helpful ways to support the science centre at this time include sponsoring our online at-home science activities for families, making a secure donation, or pre-purchasing a gift certificate for use at a later date. You can support other families in our community by following our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram feeds and sharing our home science activities, facts and videos with friends.

 

Robbins replaces retiring CEO, Dr. David Desjardins. David began as a volunteer in 1998, and subsequently became board President, Executive Director and lastly, CEO in 2007. Bruce Gorham, current board President, thanks David for his many years of dedicated service. Science East was established in 1994 as the lifelong dream of founder, Dr. Marie MacBeath.

 

About Science East Science Centre

Science East’s mission is to inspire and inform through hands-on science experiences. Over 60,000 people each year participate in Science East’s science discovery activities through exploring the over 150 experiential, interactive exhibits at their downtown Fredericton science centre, and through extensive outreach across the province. Science East provides K -12 curriculum-based school science programs, science camps, school/community-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) events and professional learning for teachers across New Brunswick in every region.

 

www.scienceeast.nb.ca

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Message from the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Message from the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 remains low for Canada at this time.

New Brunswick’s public health officials are carefully monitoring the situation in Canada, and around the world, and are ready to respond should there be any cases in New Brunswick. Please refer inquiries to the Government of New Brunswick’s Public Heath website.

 

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Little Explorers: Weather & Seasons: Sun & Light 9:30 – 11:30 am March 11, 2020

 

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March’s Little Explorers themes focus on the “Weather & Seasons”.

Little Explorers is a free program of ages 5 and under accompanied by their parents/guardians/grandparents.

The pre-kindergarten program runs from September to the end of May. Drop in time to explore the Centre’s science exhibits between 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Story time begins at 10:15 am followed by hands-on activities.

In the event of bad weather, Little Explorers follows school cancellation policies.

If school is cancelled, so is Little Explorers

 

Next activity: 

March 18th – Flower Power!

 

Little Explorers: The Human Machine – Germs 9:30 – 11:30am Feb 26, 2020

Little Explorers : The Human Machine – Germs

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

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February’s Little Explorers themes focus on the “Human Machine”.

Little Explorers is a free program of ages 5 and under accompanied by their parents/guardians/grandparents.

The pre-kindergarten program runs from September to the end of May. Drop in time to explore the Centre’s science exhibits between 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Story time begins at 10:15 am followed by hands-on activities.

In the event of bad weather, Little Explorers follows school cancellation policies.

If school is cancelled, so is Little Explorers

 

 NO LITTLE EXPLORERS during March Break , March 4, 2020

We return March 11, 2020 with Seasons and Weather – Sun & Light

Little Explorers – The Human Machine: Measuring Me 9:30 – 11:30 am Feb 19, 2020

Little Explorers : The Human Machine – Measuring Me

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

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February’s Little Explorers themes focus on the “Human Machine”.

Little Explorers is a free program of ages 5 and under accompanied by their parents/guardians/grandparents.

The pre-kindergarten program runs from September to the end of May. Drop in time to explore the Centre’s science exhibits between 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Story time begins at 10:15 am followed by hands-on activities.

In the event of bad weather, Little Explorers follows school cancellation policies.

If school is cancelled, so is Little Explorers

 

Next week: February 26, 2020

The Human Machine – Germs

Little Explorers: The Human Machine – Senses 9:30 – 11:30am Feb 5, 2020

Little Explorers : The Human Machine – Senses

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

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February’s Little Explorers themes focus on the “Human Machine”. This Wednesday, join us at Science East Science Centre as we explore senses!

Little Explorers is a free program of ages 5 and under accompanied by their parents/guardians/grandparents.

The pre-kindergarten program runs from September to the end of May. Drop in time to explore the Centre’s science exhibits between 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Story time begins at 10:15 am followed by hands-on activities.

In the event of bad weather, Little Explorers follows school cancellation policies.

If school is cancelled, so is Little Explorers

 

Next week: February 12, 2020

The Human Machine – Heart and Bones

Little Explorers – Animal Kingdom: Extremophiles – Jan 29, 2020

Little Explorers : Animal Kingdom – Extremophiles

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Little Explorers is a free program of ages 5 and under accompanied by their parents/guardians/grandparents.

The pre-kindergarten program runs from September to the end of May. Drop in time to explore the Centre’s science exhibits between 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Story time begins at 10:15 am followed by hands-on activities.

In the event of bad weather, Little Explorers follows school cancellation policies.

If school is cancelled, so is Little Explorers

 

Next week: February 5, 2020

The Human Machine – Senses

Little Explorers Discover Dinosaurs Wednesday – Jan 22, 2020

Little Explorers : Animal Kingdom – Dinosaurs

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Little Explorers is a free program of ages 5 and under accompanied by their parents/guardians/grandparents.

The pre-kindergarten program runs from September to the end of May. Drop in time to explore the Centre’s science exhibits between 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Story time begins at 10:15 am followed by hands-on activities.

In the event of bad weather, Little Explorers follows school cancellation policies.

If school is cancelled, so is Little Explorers

 

Next week: January 29, 2020

Animal Kingdom – Extremophiles

Little Explorers returns Jan 15 with new activities!

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Little Explorers will be back on Wednesday, January 15 with Animal Kingdom: NB Animals!

This is a FREE pre-k program for children ages 5 and under.

Drop in time to explore the Centre’s science exhibits between 9:30 am – 11:30 am.  Story time begins at 10:15 am followed by hands-on activities.

In the event of bad weather, Little Explorers follows school cancellation policies.

If school is cancelled, so is Little Explorers

City and Science East partner for Countdown to Earth Hour event

PRESS RELEASE

City and Science East partner for Countdown to Earth Hour event

Fredericton, NB (March 25, 2019) – Fredericton will join with the rest of the world this Earth Day in promoting awareness about climate change, as well as the importance of nature and a healthy planet.

Activities kick off with the “Countdown to Earth Hour” event for families at Science East on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm.  The City of Fredericton is partnering with Science East to present the event, which is free with the purchase of general admission to the centre.

Visitors can take in shows in Science East’s portable planetarium to view the night sky and explore light pollution. Energy and conservation exhibits will also be highlighted throughout the centre.  Partner organizations will provide hands-on activities, live demonstrations and displays to raise awareness about a variety of environmental issues and solutions.

A portion of the admission proceeds will be donated to the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, the region’s leading wildlife response service, providing wildlife rehabilitation, education and emergency management services.

The City will be turning off lights at its facilities from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 30, 2019.  During that one-hour period, non-essential interior and exterior lights will be turned off at City Hall, York Fire Station, the Police Station, and the Fredericton Public Library.  Non-essential exterior lights will also be turned off at City depots, Willie O’Ree Place and Grant-Harvey Centre. Areas that require lighting for safety reasons will not be affected.

Businesses are encouraged to participate in Earth Hour by turning off a much external and internal lighting as possible, while still operating safely.  Residents are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights and electronic appliances.

To find out more about the City’s environmental leadership initiative, visit www.fredericton.ca/EnvironmentalLeadership.*  To find out more about Science East, visit http://scienceeast.nb.ca/. To learn more about Earth Hour and its impact, visit: https://www.earthhour.org/what-is-earth-hour. #EarthHour #Connect2Earth

Quotes:

“Countdown to Earth Hour promises to be a fun, inspiring opportunity for families to gear up for the Earth Hour lights-out challenge,” said Coun. Stephen Chase, Chair of the City’s Public Safety & Environment Committee.  “As in past years, the City of Fredericton is pleased to turn out non-essential interior and exterior lighting at our facilities. We encourage businesses and residents to do the same.”

 

“Earth Hour is a great way to learn more about energy habits, so we can have a positive effect throughout the year,” said Becky Geneau, Director of Programs at Science East.  “With this year’s focus on nature and a healthy planet, we are so pleased to support the Atlantic Wildlife Institute and their recovery efforts for rescued wildlife.”

 

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Media Contacts:

 

·         City of Fredericton – Brittany MacLean, Environmental Leadership Coordinator, City of Fredericton, 506-292-0723, brittany.maclean@fredericton.ca

·         Science East – Becky Geneau, BScEng (Geological), Director, Programs Science East, 506-457-2340 ext. 129, 
becky.geneau@scienceeast.nb.ca

 

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 La Ville et Science Est s’associent dans le compte à rebours de l’événement Une heure pour la Terre

 Fredericton (N.-B.) (25 mars 2019) — Fredericton se joint au reste du monde pendant Une heure pour la Terre afin de sensibiliser la population aux changements climatiques ainsi qu’à l’importance de la nature et de la santé de la planète.

L’événement Une heure pour la Terre sera précédé d’un compte à rebours tout en activités familiales à Science Est le samedi 30 mars 2019 de 10 h à 13 h. La Ville de Fredericton s’associe à Science Est pour offrir gratuitement cette activité spéciale dans le prix d’entrée ordinaire au centre.

Le planétarium portable de Science Est permettra aux visiteurs de voir le ciel nocturne et la pollution lumineuse. Les montages sur l’énergie et la conservation ajouteront un complément d’information. Des organismes partenaires présenteront des activités pratiques, des démonstrations et des installations destinées à sensibiliser petits et grands à divers problèmes environnementaux et leur fournir des solutions.

Une partie du prix d’entrée ira à l’Institut atlantique de la faune, le principal service de la région à veiller à la réadaptation de la faune et à offrir des services d’éducation et de gestion des urgences en la matière.

Le 30 mars 2019, les installations municipales s’assombriront de 20 h 30 à 21 h 30. Les lumières intérieures et extérieures non essentielles seront éteintes à l’hôtel de ville, à la caserne de pompiers York, au poste de police et à la bibliothèque municipale. Les lumières extérieures non essentielles seront aussi éteintes aux différents dépôts, à Willie O’Ree et Grant•Harvey. Certains endroits devront toutefois rester éclairés pour des raisons de sécurité.

Les entreprises sont encouragées à participer à Une heure pour la Terre en éteignant autant de lumières intérieures et extérieures que possible sans nuire à la sécurité. Les résidents sont encouragés à éteindre toutes les lumières et tous les appareils non essentiels.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’initiative environnementale de la municipalité, aller à www.fredericton.ca/leadership environnemental.

Pour en savoir plus sur Science Est, aller à http://scienceeast.nb.ca/fr/.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’activité Une heure pour la Terre et son effet, voir https://fr-fr.earthhour.org/. #EarthHour #Connect2Earth

 

Citations :

« Le compte à rebours vers Une heure pour la Terre se veut une occasion à la fois inspirante et amusante de se préparer au défi d’éteindre les lumières pendant Une heure pour la Terre », commente le conseiller municipal Stephen Chase, président du Comité de la sécurité publique et de l’environnement. « Comme pour les années passées, la Ville de Fredericton éteindra tout l’éclairage intérieur et extérieur non essentiel de ses installations. Nous encourageons les entreprises et les résidents à faire de même. »

« Une heure pour la Terre c’est éteindre pour mieux faire la lumière sur nos habitudes de consommation d’énergie et ainsi avoir un effet positif pendant toute l’année », explique Becky Geneau, directrice des programmes à Science Est. « En mettant l’accent cette année sur la nature et la santé de la planète, nous sommes très heureux d’appuyer l’Institut atlantique de la faune et ses efforts de rétablissement de la faune rescapée. »

 

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Personnes-ressources :

Ville de Fredericton :  Brittany MacLean, Coordonnatrice de l’initiative environnementale, Ville de Fredericton, 506-292-0723, brittany.maclean@fredericton.ca

Science Est : Becky Geneau, BScEng (Géologiques), Coordonnatrice de programmes, (506) 457-2340 poste 129
becky.geneau@scienceeast.nb.ca