(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON: April 20, 2018): The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival – the only festival of its kind in the area – kicks off Monday April 23rd and will continue through to Saturday, April 28th, 2018. The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival shines the spotlight on science among children, teens and adults by offering an opportunity to celebrate science in a fun, interactive and welcoming setting for all ages.
The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival group of partners includes Algoma University, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Entomica, Invasive Species Centre, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Science North as the managing partner. The 2018 Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival is co-presented by Quattro Hotel, CTV, Rogers and supported by Fountain Tire, the Machine Shop and Village Media.
The Festival will highlight science and technology through several activities including: Science for Seniors lead by Entomica, Science Olympics lead by Science North in partnership with Algoma University; ARTIE (Advanced Research & Technology Innovation Expo) offered by Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre; Under the Same Starts: Miinwaadiziwin, Science North Portable Planetarium, offered by Science North. New for 2018 are Science Innovation and Math Outreach Programs. Festival activities are supported in part by the Government of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Join your community for the following engaging and fun science events: Hanger After Dark: Sex, Wine, and Chocolate! (19+) at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Friday April 27, 2018, 7 pm – 11 pm, and the Science Carnival at the Machine Shop @ Millsquare, April 28, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm.
The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival is an incredible opportunity for varied sectors to come together and share knowledge, innovation and a passion for scientific work. As a member of the Standing Committee for Industry, Science and Technology, I appreciate how the current government understands the value of investing in Canada’s top scientists and researchers whose discoveries help improve our everyday lives. Research contributes to better health outcomes for all Canadians, a cleaner, greener environment, evidence-based decision making, good jobs, and the competitiveness of Canadian business.
– Terry Sheehan, Sault Ste. Marie Member of Parliament
The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival is a wonderful event that allows families to enjoy a day out while experiencing the wonders of science. The festival provides an excellent opportunity for our children to engage in science and technology in a fun and interactive way, helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators within Sault Ste. Marie. I hope the community will take advantage of this incredible opportunity to get out and take part in the festivities.
-Ross Romano, Sault Ste. Marie Member of Provincial Parliament
Our City is pleased to once again host the Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival. The festival continues to grow in its offerings and it has gained wide recognition for its unique and creative character. One of the important features of the festival is that it allows students and young people to learn about the career paths that are available in science and technology, and to meet and engage with local professionals who are working in these fields.
– Mayor Christian Provenzano
We are happy to be a partner in the Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival for the fourth year in a row and extend our Bluecoat brand of interactive and hands-on science delivery to the festival. We are thrilled to introduce new programs and welcome new partners aboard as the festival continues to grow in 2018.With a mandate to serve all of Northern Ontario, Science North is passionate about introducing more science experiences for Northerners. We look forward to another successful year working with Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival partners to create another memorable and educational experience for families within the community.
– Guy Labine, Science North CEO
The staff and volunteers at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre are pleased to partner with other local organizations and Science North to offer an exciting and informative science festival program in Sault Ste. Marie. Science is at the core of aviation and natural resource management and our displays at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre demonstrate this relationship.
-Bob Elliot, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre Interim Executive Director
The Invasive Species Centre is proud to work with a diverse network of science partners to coordinate the Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival. This unique event brings science-based learning to life for all ages in our community and we are excited to share our new activities and materials at this award-winning event.
-Tracey Cooke, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre
Entomica is proud to be a partner of the award- winning Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival! The incredible support we receive from the community makes delivering our interactive, educational programs possible – including Science for Seniors and the Science Carnival. We are excited for another amazing opportunity to give back to our community. Come enjoy this thrilling celebration of innovation and exploration that’s fun and inspiring for the whole family!
-John Dedes, CEO, Entomica
We are excited to once again be a part of the award-winning Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival. The Science Festival is a great opportunity for community members of all ages to come together, engage, and celebrate science happening within our region. It also provides our students and faculty with the opportunity to showcase their research. We are looking forward to this week’s events and the continued partnership with Science North.
-Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor of Algoma University
For the fourth year in a row, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is pleased to continue its partnership with the Science Festival, which is a fun and exciting opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate and explore the world of science and technology. We are proud to host the Innovation Centre’s 11th Annual ARTIE (Advanced Research & Technology Innovation Expo) event during the festival, which gathers elementary school students for one day to gain hands-on experience from local exhibitors in the fields of science and tech. Engaging with the youth in our community and fostering the next generation of science and technology leaders is an important part of the work that we do.
-Don MacLennan, Acting Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
The Great Lakes Forestry Centre is very proud to be partners in the Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival. We look forward to another year of reconnecting with our community, and showcasing our forestry science and research.
-David Nanang, Director General, Great Lakes Forestry Centre
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Science and Research Branch is delighted to partner with the Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival to engage with the community and showcase some of the research and science work underway at the Ontario Forest Research Institute and elsewhere in the province.
-Dan Puddister, section manager with the ministry’s Science and Research Branch