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    Ontario Science Centre Powers Up The Energy Show

  • Jan 25, 2017

    A seven-foot Tesla coil dazzles visitors at the official launch of The Energy Show at the Ontario Science Centre, a new theatrical presentation that uses engaging scientific experiments to highlight the important role energy plays in our everyday lives.

    Today, the Ontario Science Centre launches The Energy Show, a new theatrical presentation that explores the roles that different sources of energy play – and have the potential to play – in our daily lives. From solar and wind, to transformation and storage, this fun, live interactive show uses engaging scientific experiments to uncover the world's ultimate source of power.

    "Energy underpins modern life, and energy requirements around the world continue to grow. To serve these in a sustainable way, we need to understand energy sources, generation and storage," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "Using storytelling to illustrate scientific principles, The Energy Show engages audiences with the important role energy plays in our everyday lives and empowers them to make more informed personal energy usage choices for a better future."

    The Energy Show, an interactive stage performance, revolves around the fictional Aunt Tess who requires the audience's assistance with a top secret mission. Guided by an Ontario Science Centre presenter, audiences help Aunt Tess with energy-related research by making hypotheses, conducting experiments, uploading data and testing very unique equipment.

    Building upon the Science Centre's iconic Electricity Demonstration, The Energy Show explores the practical applications and implications of energy consumption. Through interactive investigation, experimentation and collaboration, audiences will learn about renewable and non-renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and fossil fuels, to deepen their understanding of the essential roles of energy generation, transmission and storage. To illustrate these topics, The Energy Show features a seven-foot, 500,000-volt Tesla coil, a captivating Faraday cage and a hair-raising Van de Graaff generator.

    The Energy Show was created, researched and developed in-house by the Science Centre's team of scientists, educators, designers and craftspeople. The team consulted with leading experts, including the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the Science Centre's Lead Supporter.

    "The IESO is pleased to embark on this partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. The Energy Show is a great opportunity to promote energy literacy to audiences of all ages in a highly engaging way," said Terry Young, Vice President Conservation and Corporate Relations, IESO. "We want to help inspire the next generation of scientists, grid operators or energy managers."

    Supported by the IESO, Lead Supporter, and Enbridge Gas Distribution, Supporting Partner, The Energy Show is a 30-minute, family-friendly presentation that runs daily and is included with general admission. For more information about The Energy Show, visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca/EnergyShow.

    The Ontario Science Centre, a Centennial project, has welcomed more than 51 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystems, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

    The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) manages the province's power system so that Ontarians receive power when and where they need it. It plans and prepares for future electricity needs and works with its partners to guide conservation efforts. For more information, visit IESO.ca.

    SOURCE: Ontario Science Centre

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    "We look forward to Troy working as an integral part of Team Brockway and contributing to our continuous efforts in growing our sales and market share for you, our Manufacturers," said Thomas.

    Troy can be reached at 506.850.9192 or e-mail troy.sampson@brockway.ca.

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