Science World Blog

Every year, Science World works with the BC Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA) to promote and create professional development (pro-d) learning opportunities for science educators across British Columbia. Some opportunities take place at TELUS World of Science; while at BCScTA events, Science World hosts a booth or leads a workshop to share our digital resources and field trip information with teachers.

Eating chicken doesn’t help prevent diarrhea. But putting the egg of a chicken, infected with the disease of a cow, inside the mouth of a mouse—might. Bear with me here!

Animation involves the blending of art, science and technology. The process of animation involves illustrating, storyboarding and filming—among other processes. But did you know that animating static images involves the optical illusion of motion? The basis behind all animation is the idea of persistance of vision, which is how our brains perceive moving static images as images in motion.

Winter is a time of lights—on the house, on the Christmas tree, in the oven while you bake cookies and on the thermostat when you turn up the heat. The days have gotten shorter, temperatures have dropped and it’s a great time to cozy up with friends and family. It’s also a time of high energy usage. From 1990 to 2008, Canada’s population has grown at a rate of 0.7% annually, but our energy consumption has grown at a rate of 1.3%. In British Columbia, space and water heating has been the major power consumer.

Invisible Portraits is Science World’s newest art exhibition. This multimedia exhibition uses metal sculptures, wood carvings and large-scale portraitures to highlight the world of microbes—invisible to our eyes but complex and incredible when viewed up close. I had the opportunity to meet up with two of the exhibition's artists, Patrick Keeling and Erick James, before their “Meet the Artist” night here under the dome. I recorded our meeting using my slightly less than top of the line tablet, and had fun transcribing our conversation, which was almost overshadowed by the sounds of children playing around us. What came through, though, was the obvious delight when I asked Patrick and Erick where their art meets science.

Walking my dog often immerses me in weather I would otherwise avoid and I've learned that the appropriate outwear can make inclement weather a lot more bearable. While looking for a new rain jacket, salespeople kept telling me about the importance of finding something waterproof that breathes (WP/BR). After looking through the many different kinds, I'll only talk about laminates, such as Gore-Tex, the native apparel of Vancouverites, because they are most mysterious.

Thinking and acting green may not always come easy to everyone. In the classroom, a great way to plant the seed for thinking and acting sustainably is to learn about the local environment and the place we call home.

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.