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.

Remembrance Day special hours

Please note, there will be no Little Explorers on Wednesday, November 11 (Remembrance Day). Science East will be open in the afternoon from 12-4 pm.

A reminder, Science East offers a 15% discount on regular admission to military members all year round!

 

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.

Science East’s Robo-Families is back – with a twist!

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Science East’s unique Robo-Families program is back, with four new exciting projects planned for October and November. Robo-Families is the only program of its kind in New Brunswick, allowing parents and children to build, program and operate robots, using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits. The workshops are held on Saturday afternoons at Science East.

There’s a new twist to the popular program this year – Science East will be offering a couple of two-weekend builds, along with the usual single afternoon sessions.

“There’s so much you can do with the Mindstorms kits, but only so much you can get done in a three hour session,” says Robo-Families coordinator, Kayoe Stewart. “We thought it would be fun to expand a couple of the workshops over two weekends, to really explore all the features of the different robot builds.”

Two robots will be featured in the double sessions – the SPIK3R (Oct 17 and 24), a scorpion-like robot that can attack targets with its lightning tail and crushing claw – and the GRIPP3R (Nov 7 and 14), a cool robot that can grasp and carry heavy objects.

“You won’t have to wait until the end of the second session to have a functioning robot,” explains Stewart. “The workshops are broken into missions. The first session, you might build a simpler version of the robot and program it to accomplish different tasks. Then the second session, we’ll enhance it and add other features to make it something really special.”

Robo-Families will also offer two one-off workshops, where families will build and program a complete robot project in the three hour time period. The EV3 GAM3 is scheduled for Nov 28, and the always popular SUMO BOTS will be held on Dec 12.

“Space is limited and we expect the workshops to sell out,” says Stewart. “Be sure to register early to make sure you get your spot!”

                                      Double session workshops: 

Oct 17 and 24 – SPIK3R

Nov 7 and 14 – GRIPP3R

Cost (includes both sessions):

$30 for one child and one adult (members)

$34 for one child and one adult (non-members)

$10 per additional child (maximum two children per adult)

                                         Single session workshops:

Nov 28 – EV3 GAM3

Dec 12 – SUMO BOTS

Cost:

$15 for one child and one adult (members)

$17 for one child and one adult (non-members)

$5 per additional child (maximum two children per adult)

 For more information, or to register, call Kayoe Stewart at 506-457-2340 x 125, or email kayoe.stewart@scienceeast.nb.ca

Little Explorers Returns to Science East!

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Science East’s popular Little Explorers program is back for another fun year of play, learning and discovery! Every Wednesday morning, Science East will open exclusively for children 5 and under and their parents/ guardians. Best of all, it’s FREE!

“It’s a great opportunity for the little ones to explore the centre at their own pace,” says Director of Education, Karen Matheson. “This program is a chance for them to meet children their own age, to get excited about learning, and meet some of those important developmental milestones.”

Each Little Explorers session features a special hands-on activity from 9:30 am to 10:15 am, followed by a chance for children and parents to explore the science centre until 11:30 am.

“You can choose to drop in for a bit or stay for the whole session,” says Matheson. “The activities are always creative and fun, and parents find so much in the centre to keep little minds and hands busy. We encourage children to play and touch everything.”

Little Explorers

Wednesdays at Science East

Hands-on activity: 9:30 – 10:15

Centre exploration: 10:15 – 11:30

FREE for children 5 and under, and their parents and guardians

*Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

 

Please note: In case of inclement weather, Little Explorers will follow local school cancellations – if school is cancelled in the Fredericton area, Little Explorers will be too.

For more information, call 506-457-2340, or email science@scienceeast.nb.ca