Sunday, September 20, 2020

Guest column: Science has become more critical than ever in today’s world

WINDSOR, ONTARIO, SEPT. 11, 2015 - Michael Dufour is shown with one of the dinosaur displays at the Canada South Science City in Windsor, ON. on Friday, September 11, 2015. The organization is moving out of the Marion Ave. building after 11 years at the location.   (DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star)

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At the same time as parents were learning to be educators, students were shifting to home learning with science centres often providing virtual programs, downloadable lesson plans and interactive demos.

To be sure, Canada’s Science Centres are among the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic — most of our doors are closed, visitation revenue is non-existent and donations have largely ceased.

But we are working to ensure we can reopen and continue to grow scientific thinkers while serving as trusted sources for understanding science.

Our role is crucial in advancing science literacy and in fostering the incubation of future scientists.

Some 10 million Canadians, over a quarter of our population in Canada, typically engage with their science centres every year, learning from an early age how science works, fostering critical thinking and creating strong foundations for the jobs of tomorrow in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

The challenge now is how to properly resource our science centres to continue their important work, while also rethinking what experiential learning and hands-on discovery looks like in a post-COVID world.

Here at Canada South Science City, (registered as the charity, the Interactive Science and Technology Centre of Windsor, Inc.) we are temporarily closed to regular admission, but are still running a food program with virtual interaction for seniors and youth.

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