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!
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! Here is a link to my TEDx talk, the presentation will draw a lot from this material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLWrINuI2ac&t=1s
More details to come. Please check back regularly