Ken Spencer Science Park

Re-imagine your role in creating a healthier community and world. Plant a seed, meet a chicken, move a bus and lift one year’s worth of waste off the ground! Then take a break and watch a science show on our outdoor stage. In the Ken Spencer Science Park, you connect to the local environment in a way that can only be achieved outdoors. Interactive exhibits and pop-up programming will engage you in the sustainability choices you make about your transportation, energy, water, food, waste and housing.

Stop by the Chicken Coop to learn more about our family of hens and how you can raise your own backyard chickens.

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The Writer's Exchange visits TELUS World of Science

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This summer, I had the extraordinary privilege of guiding a group of brilliant young writers and volunteers from the Writer's Exchange program on a tour of Science World at TELUS World of Science. The Writer's Exchange is a not-for-profit literacy program that makes reading and writing fun and accessible for inner-city kids. Inspired by the successful  826 Valencia program in San Francisco, Founders Sarah Maitland and Jennifer Macleod teamed up with the KidSafe Project Society and then with Tides Canada to provide kids with a beautiful, safe space where they could get homework help and work on creative writing projects.

As a part of their main writing project, the kids are each publishing a book of their stories, articles and poems. They chose Science World as the location of their Vancouver attractions writing assignment.

I love to read and I love to write, so I was excited to show the young writers some of my favourite spots. However, I only had them for a few hours so I had to narrow it down by asking the question: What should a writer see at Science World?

For the nature and wildlife lovers we took a tour of the Ken Spencer Science Park—meeting chickens and exploring gardens, and saw the dinosaur bones and spiders in Search: Sara Stern Gallery. One of our writers saw a chicken, Gourd, flopping in the dirt. We thought, perhaps, that Gourd was laying an egg, but when we asked a friendly science facilitator about it, we found out that she was taking a dirt bath.

For the inquiring mind, we visited some places that most groups don’t get to see! We climbed up behind the OMNIMAX screen in the big silver dome. From there we were able to see how the giant sound system works. Then we wandered through the awesome Science World workshop, where Clyde showed us his latest projects.

After lunch, we took a look at fun photos of Science World through the years and spent some quiet time on the Green Roof soaking up the sun and writing down our reflections.

It was a busy day for the writers and volunteers. A lot of fun and learning happened and I am anticipating some awesome stories and reflections will come of our tour. I'm excited to read all about it in their chapbook publication!

Want to lean more about the Writer's Exchange and the awesome work they're doing? Follow their news updates. Would you like to write about your visit to Science World? We'd love to hear it! We might even feature it on our blog. Send your Science World stories to info@scienceworld.ca

KSSP Closed

Our outdoor science park is closed for the season and will reopen again on March 7, 2015.

KSSP Donors

The Ken Spencer Science Park would not be possible without the generous support of:

BC Hydro
Government of Canada
Province of British Columbia
Dr Ken Spencer
Western Economic Diversification Canada/Encana
Goldcorp
RBC Blue Water
TD
Westport Innovations

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