When a child smiles an exhibition is opened!

Minister and Lieutenant Governor Mark 50th by Opening Show

By Stephen Weir

Over fifty-two million people – many of them Toronto students – have visited the Ontario Science Centre. So, it was only fitting that students were invited to attend last Friday’s 50th birthday party.
While the students were involved in some mad-scientist looking experiments, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, marked the 50th anniversary by touring Inventorium 2.0, the Centre's newest exhibition.The new science exhibit brings visitors’ imagination to life through a range of hands-on activities, including coding, lasering, science art making and weaving.

The Science Centre has always been a unique cultural attraction (for Toronto students)," said the Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "This year, we celebrate the many ways it has enriched the lives of Ontarians and visitors to this province. We look forward to many more years of science exploration."
The Ontario Science Centre always dreams up cool commemorative snacks when they hold a media event.  Students and the media covering the 50th party were given doughnuts and cookies decorated with 50 written in icing!  Another cool but of science that the young students took part in?  A camera and a computer – using facial recognition technology and powered by the smiles of the students -- propelled brightly coloured balls into the air to mark the building’s birthday and officially open the new show!

Pictured above Michael A. Tibollo the Minister of Tourism, Culture (second from left), the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Dr. Maurice Bitran(r), the CEO of the museum) tour the exhibition
Pictured right - Students help Science Centre scientist with an experiment


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