Explore various areas of science with hands-on demonstration, experiments and table top displays that explore the nature of light, optics, chemistry, brain teasers,and other science topics with staff from TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE). TWOSE continues to provide fun family activities during the Jasper Dark Sky Festival. The Big Bang Expo takes place at the Jasper Junior/Senior High School and on the school grounds outside on Saturday. The expo will showcase a variety of science and astronomy related activities. A key highlight of the Big Bang Expo will be the new TELUS World of Science’s digital inflatable planetarium which will offer a variety of shows for both young and old during the two days. The live show, Our Universe, will take all ages on a journey through our night sky and our place in the universe while the show One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure will be geared for the little stargazers. The new 360 degree show “Horizon” is a Canada 150 show that showcases the people and places across Canada!
10:00 Planetarium: Our Universe – Live Sky Show
10:30 Classroom Presentation: Getting Started in Amateur Astronomy with the Telus World of Science
10:30 Main Stage Science Demo with Emily Calandrelli
10:45 Planetarium: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
11:00 Main Stage Science Demo with Dianna Cowern
11:30 Planetarium: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (a sky show for young children)
11:45 Classroom Presentation: Our Musical Universe with Matt Russo
12:00 Main Stage Science Demo with Dianna Cowern
12:00 Pop Bottle Water Rocket Launches (Centennial Field)
12:15 Planetarium: Our Universe – Live Sky Show
12:30 Main Stage Science Demo with Emily Calandrelli
13:00 Planetarium: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
13:00 Main Stage Science Demo with Dianna Cowern
13:00 ESTES Model Rocket Launches (Centennial Field)
13:45 Planetarium: Our Universe – Live Sky Show
Location: Jasper Senior/Junior High School
Step into the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s new portable digital dome planetarium and see live sky shows and other full dome shows.
10:00 a.m. Our Universe – live sky show
10:45 a.m. Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
11:30 a.m. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (a sky show for young children)
12:15 p.m. Our Universe – live sky show
1:00 p.m. Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
1:45 p.m. Our Universe – live sky show
All shows approximately 25 minutes in length. Schedule subject to change.
Displays and Hands-On Activities –
Be lead into the universe of the very small by one of our science staff. Additional compound light microscopes and cell phone microscopes will also be set up looking at various objects
See various science demonstrations presented by our scientists throughout the day which include topics on electricity and magnetism, cryogenics, lasers, and other wonders. See our large Van De Graaff generator put some spark into your life!! Make soda pop using a special ingredient.
Science Tot’s program
Activities geared toward the younger scientists including dot matching, constellation creation, paper circuits and a few other child-friendly activities.
Program a LEGO EV3 robot to do various tasks, try your hand at controlling a small robotic moon rover, and meet ROGER the robot (a walking/talking robot ambassador).
Virtual Reality Experiences
Use Google Cardboard and a few actual VR googles to explore the world of virtual reality.
Try your hand (and brain) on some table top Brain teasers!
Try your hand at using a small catapult to strike a target.
Build your own 16 power cardboard tube telescope $10.00 each
Getting Started in Amateur Astronomy
Let Frank Florian, the TELUS World of Science Edmonton’s planetarium director, show you what you need in order to get started in amateur astronomy. Frank will showcase the various tools that will get you star hoping in no time and will describe what you should look for when deciding to buy your first telescope or other astronomical equipment.
30 minute presentation
Location: Outside, in the school field
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Pop Bottle Water Rocket Launches (free)
Build your own pop bottle rocket and launch it on our special launchers.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ESTES flyable model rocket launches
Build your own ESTES Spirit or Nova Rocket (Almost Ready to Fly Rocket) and launch it (all supplies included for one launch) for $30.00 per kit. Rockets supplies are limited so get one while they last. Rockets available at launch site for purchase. TELUS World of Science – Edmonton staff will also launch some ESTES demonstration rockets as well.
Makey Makey (Gr. 4-6)
In this project, participants will experiment with the Makey Makey to complete circuits in order to play video games, make a banana keyboard, and more!
Straw Oboes (Gr. 2-3)
In this project, participants will be introduced to the concept of resonance as they build a straw oboe. They will be able to take this project home.
Pendulum Wave (Gr. 1-9)
In this project, participants will learn about the laws of simple pendulum motion and create a “pendulum wave apparatus”. In this apparatus, pendulums of different lengths (and therefore different periods) start swinging at the same time. As they move in and out of sync, the pendulum creates a sequence of cycling visual wave patterns.
“Why Dark Skies Matter”
Jasper National Park is one of the world’s largest designated dark sky preserves. How does this status benefit visitors, wildlife and residents? Join us to find out why we love our dark skies.
Our Musical Universe
Contrary to what you might expect, our universe is actually buzzing with marvelous melodies, remarkable rhythms, and heavenly harmonies. Astrophysicist-musician Matt Russo will show you how the music of the cosmos can be heard by human ears, giving us a new way to explore the universe we live in. You’ll also be able to make your own space music! See Matt’s interview with Alberta Primetime here.
10:00 – 2:00pm
Weather Station Booth
A lot more goes into forecasting the weather than many people realize and now, at the Big Bang Expo, kids can try being weather forecasters with CTV Edmonton’s chief meteorologist! With the help of special computer programs and a big screen TV, Josh will help participants build their own customizable weather graphics and present a weather forecast.
10:00 – 2:00pm
The Edmonton Rocketry Club (ERC) is dedicated to the promotion of model rocketry as a hobby. We are a group of individuals interested in building and safely flying rockets of all sizes and power classes, as well as providing guidance & experience to those wanting to enter the world of high-powered rocketry.
The President, Michael Latta, and the Director of High Power Rocketry, Ken Mueller, will both be present from 10:00am-12:00pm to display some mid and high powered rockets and to answer any questions. Both of these members hold their level three certificates from the Canadian Association of Rocketry (CAR) which allows them to fly rockets up to 5,120 Newton Seconds of impulse, typically up to an “L” level motor. Both have kids that they have spend numerous hours building and flying rockets with as well as helping out at various school, Scout, community and Telus World of Science (TWOSE) events.
In the afternoon, weather permitting, they will be joining with the TWOSE team to launch fly some rockets. During the ESTES build and launch session, they will launch a series of mid powered rockets on a variety of motors.
10:00 – 2:00pm
“Embark with local Cree artist Mackenzie Brown in an interactive mural painting. Explore color, Cree constellation stories and the fun of art as you help Mackenzie paint and create Jasper Dark Skies very first large scale painted mural! Mackenzie is an avid acrylic artist and traditional First Nations crafts artisan. Her art has been featured in the Pump House Gallery, the Edson Gallery Museum, the Gray Gallery Grant MacEwan, recognized for the Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Award of 2017, featured for the Alberta Business Competition 2017 and sold to people travelling world wide at Jasper Park Lodge.”
More details to come. Please check back regularly