Did you know that 8 out of 10 Canadians believe that a growing dependance on the online world and the prevalence of "fake news" is seriously damaging the general public's perception of Science? How about the fact that nearly half of Canada's population believes that the causes of global warming are still unclear?! This isn't as surprising as it should be, after learning that only one third of Canadians consider themselves "science literate".
These statistics come from the second annual survey that was part of Science Literacy Week. Among other staggering results, it found that Canadians are hungry to learn about new science, but the mistrust many feel for the way science is covered in the news has serious implications for society. And in some other countries, the situation is even worse.
How do we work to bring back a love and trust in science? This isn't an issue that's going to change overnight (you can't shut down the internet! ), but any major social and poitical changes often start with our youth. The youngest generation is less likely conditioned by the experiences of their parents and therefore view the world with fresh eyes. That's why institiutions like the Ontario Science Centre are so important, now more than ever. Whether it's an afternoon outing for the family or a school field trip, every child should have the opportunity to experience one of Toronto's greatest amenities and a global leader in lifelong learning! After all, the OSC vision for the future is a more curious, creative, and resilient world, achieved through science, innovation, a passion for adventure, and a thirst for knowledge.
First of all, the Ontario Science Centre is a chance for kids and adults alike get out from behind the computer screen, flick off the TV, and put down their phones. The ever-changing exibits offer fun, hands-on activities exploring topics from the very large, like our galaxy, to the very small, like subatomic particles. Instead of watching a YouTube video about static electricity, how about stepping up and demonstrating it yourself with a humming giant metal orb?
The OSC is a uniquely supportive, encouraging, and stimulating environment for visitors to try new things and explore that which they hadn't conceived of before.
Second of all, it fosters healthy social interaction nand interpersonal relationships. The exhibits are designed to encourage curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking, but also collaboration. As social media continues to isolate our youth, access to institutions like the Science Centre can be healthy alternatives to Facebook chats and Instagram comments.
Did you know they have sleepovers at the OSC, featuring a special IMAX film and free reign of the exibits in the evening before DJ PJ dance party and then some indoor camping?! Now that would be an unforgettable family outing!
Or, if you're not keen on sleeping on the floor, how about having a birthday party at the OSC?!
And of course, there's their famous day camps and summer camps!
The prices are pretty competitive, given all that the OSC offers. In fact, the Imax Dome alone is a steal of a deal at only $9.00, compared to most Ciniplex or AMC theatres these days that will set you back over $20 once you grab a snack!
Be sure to check out their calendar to see what exibits, films and activities are on right now, and what's coming up soon!
Toll Free: 1-888-696-1110
770 Don Mills Road (Eglinton & Don Mills)
Hours Of Operation
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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