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Telus Spark

Telus Spark
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Telus Spark is located in Calgary
Telus Spark
Location in Calgary
EstablishedOctober 29, 2011
Location220 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta
Coordinates51°03′14″N 114°01′29″W / 51.053899°N 114.024611°W / 51.053899; -114.024611
TypeScience museum
Visitors431,262 (2016)[1]
PresidentMary Anne Moser[2]
Website[www.sparkscience.ca]

Telus Spark is a science museum with interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational demonstrations in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. There are more than 430,000 visitors annually, including over 82,000 students.[3]

The science museum was established in 1967 as the Calgary Science Centre. The science centre was later re-branded Telus World of Science – Calgary in 2005. In 2011, the science centre moved locations from the former Centennial Planetarium to the Nose Creek Valley. The science centre was re-branded as Telus Spark during the move.

History

The science museum was located in the former Centennial Planetarium building from 1967 to 2011

The science centre originally opened as the Calgary Centennial Planetarium on July 1, 1967. In 1983 the Calgary Science Centre Society began a bid to bring a science centre to Calgary and in 1987 they received an operating agreement that would transform the planetarium into the Calgary Science Centre.

The Calgary Science Centre was renamed Telus World of Science – Calgary after a $9 Million donation from Telus Corporation on April 27, 2005.

The original site, located on 11 Street SW in Calgary's Downtown West End, closed on June 27, 2011, and was replaced by a new science centre called Telus Spark. The new science centre is located on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) site at 220 St. Georges Drive NE in Nose Creek Valley, north of the Calgary Zoo. Telus Spark opened on October 29, 2011.[4]

Galleries

Telus Spark offers a range of digital media and maker workshops, school programs, youth programs, sleepovers, birthday parties, and various spring and summer science and art camps.

Being Human

The Being Human space explores human physiology.

Creative Kids Museum

Designed for children under the age of nine, the Creative Kids Museum has a water play area, a climbing structure, a maker space, a miniature theatre, a reading nook, and a stimulating crawling track designed for toddlers.

Earth & Sky

Exhibits at the Earth & Sky gallery

Earth & Sky explores geology, meteorology and astronomy.

Energy & Innovation

Energy & Innovation explores the various forms of energy and the effects they have on society. This exhibit houses three rolling ball machines built by George Rhoads.

Feature Gallery

The Feature Gallery hosts temporary touring exhibitions, and can be rented for tradeshows and other private functions.

HD Digital Dome Theatre

The HD Digital Dome Theatre can show films or live planetarium shows, using an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 computer graphics system with 17.7 million pixels of resolution, 4 SRX projectors, and a 19,500 watt sound system. There is also a digital media studio where visitors can learn computer graphics techniques, from computer programming and coding to intensive animation workshops.

Open Studio

The Open Studio shows youths how to use technology in art.

References

  1. ^ "2016 Annual Report". Telus Spark. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ "About Us | TELUS Spark". sparkscience.ca. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  3. ^ "2016 Annual Report". Telus Spark. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Telus Spark (October 2011). "New Telus Spark" (PDF).

See also

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