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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Canadian National Science and Technology Week

It came as a bit of a surprise to me, but it is National Science and Technology Week from October 15-24. Billed as "a week-long celebration of science and technology that affects your everyday life" it has two main events.

The Science Funfest! is a free event run by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) at their Booth Street Complex at Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario between 11am and 4pm. "Enjoy exciting exhibits and free activities for the whole family. Bring your rocks and fossils for identification. Find out how science and technology affects your daily life. Explore energy efficient automobiles. Plan and go on a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mining expedition. Go on a Global Positioning System (GPS) treasure hunt."

Natural Resources Canada is offering free presentations to school groups again this year at its Booth Street complex from Monday to Friday. These include Introduction to Rocks & Minerals, Fossils, Movie Critiques, New innovative, alternative fuel vehicle technologies, Remote Sensing, Global Positioning System, The Many Faces of Mapping, Introduction to Geomatics, Natural Hazards, Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge.
In addition you can visit the CANMET Energy Technology Centre-Ottawa, at the CETC's Bells Corners Laboratories, where scientists are developing a wide range of leading-edge clean energy technologies.
Also open is the Geomagnetic Laboratory at Anderson Road where you could learn about the earth's magnetic field and how it affects life and technology. The Canadian Space Weather Forecast Centre is where they track and predict potentially damaging magnetic storms.

These sound like great activities which makes it such a pity that they have not been better advertised. Perhaps I missed it, but I haven't seen any advance notice of this, at least not on the net. I don't want to appear critical but shouldn't a National Science and Technology Week have events in more than one city?


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