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Cabbage pH Indicatorcstm

Difficulty: Medium
Time required: 30 minutes
Subject(s): Systems of the body

In this experiment, explore the acidity of different household items by making a universal indicator with red cabbage.

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Compasscstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 Minutes
Subject(s): Magnets

Long before the age of GPS, navigators and explorers found their way using a compass. In this activity, make your own to bring on your next adventure!

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Shadow trackingcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 5+ hours
Subject(s): sun, space, energy, renewable, shadow

On a sunny day, your shadow follows you everywhere! Have you ever noticed that it slowly changes position throughout the day? In this activity, track your shadow all day to see where it goes.

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Simple Machines cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grades 1-3 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 1 and 2 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 75 minutes
Dates Offered: November 6, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Move a heavy object using wheels and axles, ramps and pulleys! Students discover the amazing world of simple machines in this hands-on program.

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Light Paths cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grade 10 (Ontario), Secondary Cycle 2 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 90 minutes
Dates Offered: November 6, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Play with light! Students create a chain reaction to pass a beam of light from one group to another using lenses, mirrors, and other optical tools.

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Everyday Energy cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grades 1-3 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 1 and 2 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 60 minutes
Dates Offered: November 6, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Investigate how to make everyday objects function! Students explore various forms of energy and discover how water is used to create energy for the home.

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Summer Fun Days cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Kindergarten to Grade 8 (Ontario), Preschool to Secondary Cycle 1 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: Two 45-minute workshops
Dates Offered: June 3 to 21, 2019

End your school year at the museum – where students participate in a range of activities and dynamic presentations. Registration opens in January 2019.

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Stargazing cstm

At its simplest, stargazing is exactly what it sounds like: taking the time to look at what’s above you in the night sky. However, there’s literally a universe to discover out there!

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Wearable Technology cstm

While body-worn technologies have existed for centuries, today’s wearable technology is often connected to digital software and the Internet.

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Constellation Flashlightcstm

Difficulty: Medium
Time required: 30 minutes
Subject(s): Stargazing, astronomy, physics, space

Use these fun constellation projectors to bring the magic of the night sky indoors!

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Forces in Action cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grades 2-3 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 2 (Quebec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 60 minutes
Dates Offered: November 6, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Ready…set…GO! Students investigate forces and movement using a variety of tools and experiments, including a race car challenge.

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Flipbookcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: Variable
Subject(s): illusions, art, animation

Although animators are helped with powerful computers, you can make your own cartoon animation using the same principles as the professionals!

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Physics of Energy cstm

Despite this confusing definition, its meaning is very simple: energy is just the force that causes things to move.

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Solar Stillcstm

Difficulty: Medium
Time required: 3 to 5 hours
Subject(s): Energy, sun, renewable, water

Freshwater can contain contaminants, and still needs to be purified before drinking. However, there’s a very simple way to purify water – using materials already in your kitchen!

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Sound cstm

Scientists focus on how sounds are made, how they are transmitted, what forces affect their movement, and how the human ear detects and translates them to our brains.

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Weather Wise : A Virtual Exploration Guide to Weather and Climate Weather Wise : A Virtual Exploration Guide to Weather and Climate cstm

Type: Virtual Programs

Grade Levels: Grades 4 to 7, Cycle 2 (primary) to Cycle 1 (secondary)
Fee: Free download
Duration: n/a
Dates Offered: Offered year round

Explore temperature, precipitation, air pressure, the greenhouse effect, climate change, and other common elements of weather.

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Astronomy Virtual Program Astronomy cstm

Type: Virtual Programs

Grade Levels: Grades 2 to 12, Cycle 1 (primary) to Cycle 2 (secondary)
Fee: Free download
Duration: n/a
Dates Offered: Offered year round

Explore the night sky, Earth’s daily and seasonal changes, and astronomical technologies that make modern astronomy possible.

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A Trip Around the Sun cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Kindergarten to Grade 1 (Ontario), Preschool and Elementary Cycle 1 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 60 minutes
Dates Offered: September 18, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Watch a whole year go by in a single hour! In our planetarium, students see the seasons change right before their eyes – and learn the reason why.

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Broken Pencil Illusioncstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): illusions, physics, light

Seeing isn’t always believing, especially when refraction is involved! See how water bends light, “breaking” a pencil right before your eyes.

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Symphony Hack Lab Maker Workshop cstm

Create your own musical instrument using everyday materials

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Bridge builders cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grades 5-7 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 3 and Secondary Cycle 1 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 75 minutes
Dates Offered: September 18, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Can you design a bridge that withstands our bridge crusher? Students work in groups to learn about forces and materials, then build a bridge to be tested by the infamous bridge crusher!

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Renewable Energy cstm

Renewable energy is energy derived from the sources which are inexhaustible, or naturally replenished.

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Driving the Future: Transportation, Energy, and the Environment Driving the Future: Transportation, Energy, and the Environment cstm

Type: Virtual Programs

Grade Levels: Grades 9 to 12, Cycle 2 (secondary)
Fee: Free download
Duration: n/a
Dates Offered: Offered year round

Put scientific and technological theory into practice as you explore contemporary transportation and energy issues.

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Make a Kazoocstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): Sound

Instruments make sound through vibrations, which send waves through the air. Test this phenomenon out for yourself by making your own kazoo!

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Make a Thaumatropecstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Subject(s): Optical illusions

The thaumatrope has been tricking our eyes since the 1800s. With this toy, you can make two drawings on separate papers merge into one!

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Ocean Explorers cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grade 6-7 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 3 and Secondary Cycle 1 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 90 Minutes
Dates Offered: November 6, 2018 to May 30, 2019

How do we find out what lies beneath the ocean? Students will discover the different ways scientists research and learn about our oceans.

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The Science of Sports Virtual Program The Science of Sports cstm

Type: Virtual Programs

Grade Levels: Grades 4 to 7, Cycle 2 (primary) to Cycle 1 (secondary)
Fee: Free download
Duration: n/a
Dates Offered: Offered year round

Discover how force, movement, and energy are involved in your favourite sports, and apply science theory to physical activities.

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Finding your Blind Spotcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes
Subject(s): illusions, light, human body

Each of our eyes has a spot that is completely blind. Don’t believe it? Try it out for yourself!

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Periscopecstm

Difficulty: Hard
Time required: 30 minutes
Subject(s): Optics, light

In this activity, you’ll find out how to use mirrors to help you see above it all by making a periscope.

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Electri-city cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grades 5, 6 and 9 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 3 and Secondary Cycle 2 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 75 minutes
Dates Offered: September 18, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Learn how to wire a home! Students perform activities to determine if materials are conductive, and to build both series and parallel circuits.

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Self-Guided School Visit cstm

Type: Guided Tours,School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: All grade levels
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: Available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Dates Offered: Year-round

Self-guided tours are the perfect way to chart your own course through the exhibitions.

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Insulating Soundcstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): sound

In this activity, find out what happens if you make it harder for sound waves to reach your ears.

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Illusions cstm

You may have heard the saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it!” However, can we really believe everything that we see, hear, taste, smell and touch?

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Cycle–ology virtual program Cycle–ology cstm

Type: Virtual Programs

Grade Levels: Grades 4 to 6, Cycles 2 and 3 (primary)
Fee: Free download
Duration: n/a
Dates Offered: Offered year round

Examine the science of bicycles and how they have changed through history, evolving from pastime to serious mode of transportation.

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Pulleys and Gears Pulleys and Gears cstm

Type: School Programs and Workshops

Grade Levels: Grades 4-6 (Ontario), Elementary Cycle 2 (Québec)
Fee: $9 per student
Duration: 75 minutes
Dates Offered: September 18, 2018 to May 30, 2019

Students discover how pulley and gear systems help us do work – by reducing the force required to accomplish a task.

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Discover the Starscstm

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes
Subject(s): stargazing, space

Make your own star finder and you can explore constellations from your own backyard!

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