Science North CEO Guy Labine says he hears that familiar refrain often from northern politicians and citizens alike.
In an effort to bring make their exhibits more Science North and less Science Sudbury, Labine’s organization is bringing the show to northern communities this summer.
The Beyond Human Limits Northern tour will run from May-September, reaching an estimated 25,000 visitors at the North Bay Museum, Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre, the Thunder Bay Museum, Science Timmins, and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.
This 1,000 square foot customized exhibit showcases the science, creativity, and innovation in extreme sports. Be prepared to engage with friends and family in a multitude of physical, multimedia and creative challenges. Visitors will be able to virtually race the backcountry slopes, balance along a highline, or test their hang time endurance. From exhilarating speeds, breathtaking heights and profound depths, to uncontrolled variables such as weather or terrain – witness passionate stories about how athletes prepare and train extensively and carefully evaluate risks, endure intense physical and mental challenges, and maintain a calm focus.
It was also announced that the North Bay Museum will be home to a permanent ‘THINK Hub’ later this year. Science North is developing these ‘THINK Hubs’ that will be installed as part of the visitor experience at Northern attractions including North Bay, Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Timmins. These are modelled on the popular THINK visitor experience recently opened at Science North.
At THINK Hubs, visitors will be engaged and inspired in innovative and iterative learning processes. This project will expand Science North’s reach and depth of engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, including creating inclusive spaces for specific groups underrepresented in computer science and engineering fields, such as girls and women. The THINK project is supported by NOHFC and FedNor.