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Science in the Centre

Our Science in the Centre program provides curriculum-connected workshops in a hands-on, minds-on learning environment that gives students the confidence to take part in class discussions and feel accomplished and inspired to further their own learning. Explore Discovery Centre’s world-class galleries featuring flight, health, energy, engineering, and ocean science. Our next featured exhibit, Behind Racism: Challenging the Way We Think is on now until January 8th.

Capacity: Minimum 12, maximum 30 students per workshop 

Workshops

Creature Detective

PP – Discovery and Invention
PR – Live Science: Living Things

Students will become detectives and investigate a mystery creature (psst – the Red Wiggler worm!) Learn what it means to be a living thing and how different animals compare. This interactive workshop gives learners a glimpse into the life of a composting worm and empowers learners to consider how human actions like composting waste can support balance in our environment.  

30-minutes

Float the Boat

PR – Physical Science: Sand and Water (Buoyancy, Absorption) 

Is your boat built for speed, built to haul, and most importantly… is it built to float?  Working in small groups, grade primary Bluenosers, investigate the science of floating and sinking using various objects and learn how water interacts with different materials.  Learners experience a boat building challenge, to transport precious cargo while strengthening learning connections between floating, sinking, water repellant and absorbent materials

45-minutes

Storm Structures

GR 1 – Physical Science: Materials, Objects, and Devices

Working in small groups, learners are challenged to build a structure to weather a rainstorm and keep their paper person dry. Learners will investigate various reused and reusable materials while thoughtfully considering the responsibility of respecting materials to reduce waste and live sustainably.

45-minutes

Once Upon a Worm

GR 1 – Life Science: Needs of Living Things
GR 2 – Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes

Learn what it’s like to live like a worm! Dive into the life of a composting worm to learn about their senses and what they need to grow, survive, and thrive in their environment. Guided by our science educators, learners will work in small groups to observe, and if comfortable, handle live Red Wiggler worms before taking their own action to support the health of the worms and our environment. 

45-minutes

We’re Wheely Moving

GR 2 – Physical Science: Motion
GR 3 – Physical Science: Structures

How can I build an object that moves? How can I change how an object moves? Learners explore these questions as they complete two engineering challenges in this fast-paced, motion-packed workshop. Learners are encouraged to think about purpose, design, and the factors that effect motion, as they build and launch their own gravity and wind-powered cars. 

1-hour

Bridging the Gap

GR 3 – Physical Science: Structures

Students explore the art and science of architecture by learning about four different bridge designs (arch, truss, suspension, and beam). Working in small teams,  students will construct an arch bridge from blueprints, learn what factors can result in structural failure, and complete an engineering challenge to design and build a paper bridge to support the most weight!

1-hour

May the Forces be with You

GR 3 – Physical Science: Invisible Forces

Invisible forces are all around us! Through hands-on exploration with magnets and a shockingly, hair-raising experience with the Van de Graaff Generator, learners will discover that magnetic and static forces involve the pushes and pulls of repulsion and attraction. 

1-hour

Safety Advisory: Although the Van de Graaff generator produces a very low current, it may cause problems with people who have heart problems or a pacemaker and can affect electronic devices. It’s recommended that anyone with heart conditions, pacemakers, or electronic medical devices such as insulin pumps, and or cochlear implants, avoid close proximity and contact with the Van de Graff generator. 

Sounds of Science

GR 4 – Physical Science: Sound

How are sounds produced? How does sound interact with various materials? Using everything from Slinkies to tuning forms and resonating bowls to quacking cups, learners will make some noise exploring the science of sound.

45-minutes

Sensory Advisory: This workshop gets pretty noisy. Please consider packing noise reducing earmuffs for learners with auditory hypersensitivity.

Geology Rocks!

GR 4 – Earth and Space Science: Rocks and Minerals

Rocks, minerals, and their uses come to life in this hands-on workshop. Students undergo hands-on investigations to classify real geological samples and gain insights into the dynamics of Earth’s crust through the rock cycle! 

1-hour

Digestive Drama

GR 5 – Life Science: Healthy Body Cells

Join one of our educators for a visceral guided tour of the digestive tract and your breakfast’s journey through it. This 45-minute interactive show gets everyone participating in following food from the beginning to the very end of the digestive system.

45-minutes

Slimy Science

GR 5 – Physical Science: Chemical and Physical Properties

Be prepared to get slimed as we explore the properties of matter. Students get messy as they conduct experiments on physical and chemical changes to matter. This 1-hour workshop has a fun take home for students.

1-hour

Allergy Advisory: This workshop uses food grade Sodium alginate. Individuals with shellfish allergies may also react to sodium alginate. While ingredients are not being consumed in this workshop, please make our team aware of shellfish allergies when booking so gloves can be provided.  

Electric Odyssey

GR 6 – Physical Science: Electricity (Circuits and Static Electricity)

Explore current static electricity in this jam-packed 1-hour workshop. Groups of students are challenged to hook up simple, series and parallel circuits on our circuit boards. Students get an up-close look at how positive static electricity can be with the Van de Graaff generator.

1-hour

Safety Advisory: Although the Van de Graaff generator produces a very low current, it may cause problems with people who have heart problems or a pacemaker and can affect electronic devices. It’s recommended that anyone with heart conditions, pacemakers, or electronic medical devices such as insulin pumps, and or cochlear implants, avoid close proximity and contact with the Van de Graff generator.  

Capture the Wind

GR 6 – Physical Science: Electricity (Methods of Generating Electricity)

In this energetic workshop, learners compare renewable and non-renewable sources of electricity before focusing on a wind turbine challenge. Working in small groups, learners apply their knowledge of forces to engineer and test turbine blades that will drive an electric generator. When faced with heavy winds, students will measure their turbine’s electricity output to determine which is most powerful!

1-hour

Heat of the Moment

Gr 7 – Engineering Structures (Construction Materials)
Gr 8 – Climate Change (Heat Capacity of Materials)  

Let’s get some appreciation for insulation! This workshop challenges learners to apply knowledge of construction materials, heat transfer and capacity to construct the most heat efficient building. Together, we will evaluate the structures like an energy efficiency inspector. Learners will go on to consider how they can apply this knowledge in their own lives to save energy. 

1-hour

Efficiency NS

Specialty Workshops

Cast the Past

GR 4 – Earth and Space Science: Rocks and Minerals (Fossil Formation)

Dig deep into the past and uncover science ten thousand years in the making. In this hands-on investigation, learners explore the mysterious lifeforms that once roamed, swam, or were rooted to our Earth and learn how they became preserved though the process of fossilization. As a unique take home and opportunity for future classroom discovery, learners cast their own replica fossil and teachers receive a fossil identification key to match student specimens.

1-hour

Lunar Bots

Gr 6 – Earth and Space Science: Space (Space Exploration Innovations)
Gr 9 – Space Exploration
Gr 10-12 – Technology and Coding 

Take your tech education to the moon with Sphero RVRs! This workshop exposes learners to computer coding and engineering concepts linked to space exploration. Groups will be challenged to think like astronauts and computer programmers, using block code and basic physics to complete a series of challenges in our mission to colonize the Moon!  

1-hour

Under the Microscope

GR 8 – Healthy Cells, Healthy Systems (Plant and Animal Cells)
Gr 11 – Matter and Energy for Life (Interaction of Cell Structures)  

Students will go microscopic as they learn about the differences between plant and animal cells, through an introduction to light microscopy. Students will learn how to prepare slides of plant tissue and will compare their results to the structures seen within animal cells (human cheek cells). Learners will get a basic introduction to cell structure and organelle function, lab drawings, and how to calculate microscope magnification. *Allergy precaution – onions are used in this workshop* 

1-hour

Eye Lights

GR 8 – Healthy Cells, Healthy Systems
Biology 11 – Biodiversity: Diversity Among Living Things
GR 12 – Nervous System: Neurons and Structure  

Shine up your lens and get ready to dissect a real eyeball. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about the structures that make vision possible, why we have a natural blind spot, and how the structures dissected compare to the features of human eyes. Depending on availability of specimens, eyes used may be of the sheep, cow, or pig variety.  

1-hour; must book 3-weeks in advance

Salt and Vinegar: Exploring Ocean Acidification

GR 10 – Physical Science: Chemical Reactions
GR 10 – Life Science: Sustainability of Ecosystems 

This hands-on and inquiry-based learning experience connects multiple topics in Science 10. It explores climate change through the impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems due to carbon dioxide emissions. Centred in concepts related to chemical reactions, it moves from pure to applied science using real samples of marine animal shells.
1-hour

Dome Theatre

Add-on a Dome Theatre show for your class visit! Take a 360 tour of the galaxy with curriculum-connected live star shows and engaging films. Capacity: Maximum 65 (including chaperones) 

Live Star Shows

Take a personal tour of the skies above you with our highly skilled Dome Theatre presenters. Ask questions, marvel at the universe, and spark your students’ curiosity for space. 

Look Up

PP – Patterns and Shapes

Join us as we look up at the Halifax sky and discover what’s out in space and why the night is so dark. Prepare for take-off as we go on a 20-minute adventure to explore twinkling stars and our favourite neighbour, the Moon!

20-minutes

To Every Season

PR – GR 3 – Patterns and Relations, Sequencing, Weather 

Explore the changes happening all around you, as the sun goes down and the stars come out! Join us as we find patterns in the sky, learn about what creates a day and the seasons, and how these cycles affect other living things and our environment.

30-minutes

Space Case

GR 5 – 8 – Dayparts, Seasons, Cultural Connections 

Settle in as we investigate how the Earth’s position and motion in space drives our daily, seasonal and lunar cycles. We’ll also consider humanity’s deep historical and cultural connections with the stars, the planets and the Moon.

30-minutes

Beyond the Solar System

GR 9 – 12 – Theories of Formation, Aspects of Universe, Time and Space, and Technology 

Have you ever wondered how our Solar System formed? Or why stars are so hot? What lies beyond the Earth and our cosmic neighbourhood? Join us as we boldly go through space in search of the answers to these cosmic questions!

45-minutes

Films

Go beyond the confines of traditional cinema with our immersive fulldome films, as images fly overhead and behind you.

One World, One Sky

PP & PR

Follow characters from Sesame Street as they take an imaginary trip to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

27-minutes | Watch Trailer

Backyard Wilderness

PP – GR 6
Available in French and English

Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behaviour.

22-minutes | Watch Trailer

Cosmic Adventure

GR 1 – 4
Available in French and English

Take a roller coaster ride from the moon through our solar system, our galaxy, and beyond.

20-minutes | Watch Trailer

Beyond the Sun

GR 3 – 6 & 9

Become exoplanet hunters, uncovering lonely rogue planets, oceanic worlds, and even super-Earths. Available in French and English

26-minutes | Watch Trailer

Edge of Darkness

GR 6 – 8

Immerse yourself in ground-breaking discoveries from the past 5 years of space exploration.

25-minutes | Watch Trailer

The Sun, Our Living Star

GR 6 – 9

Discover the secrets of our star, the sun, and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface.

26-minutes | Watch Trailer 

Secret Lives of Stars

GR 6 – 9

Witness the outstanding variety of stars and peer into their secret lives.

27-minutes | Watch Trailer

Magnetism: Defending our Planet, Defining the Cosmos

GR 9 – 12

Magnetism is all around, and you’ll discover how this powerful, misunderstood force shields oceans from solar winds and how scientists trying to understand the connection between the Earth and the Sun.

30-minutes | Watch Trailer

School trips and Education program rates policy:

  1. Teachers and chaperones attending a school trip are admission free, includes attending any programs and shows.
  2. Payment is due the date of your visit and can be made via cash, credit, debit or check made payable to the Discovery Centre. We can not invoice schools for payment after a visit. 
  3. For cancellations, a $50 administrative fee for visits cancelled less than 72 hours notice, with no potential for re-booking. The full cost of your visit as shown on your confirmation will be charged upon arrival unless you notify us by e-mail or telephone of any changes, increases or decreases in numbers, by 4 p.m. one week prior to your visit.
  4. Memberships are not valid for school programs and field trips.

PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT

  • Confirm your booking by reviewing the Booking Confirmation form sent to you by the School Bookings coordinator.
  • Confirm all chaperones or parents and provide them with a schedule for the day.
  • Remind students to leave valuable items at home.

DURING YOUR VISIT

  • Discuss rules of conduct with your students and make sure parent volunteers are aware of their role.
  • Check in at the front desk by updating the number of students and parents.
  • Have students place their belongings in the coat room.

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