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The Okanagan Science Centre regularly hosts an amazing variety of programs! Topics vary from Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, Engineering, Robotics and many others!|
Our Pro-D Day, School Holiday, and Summer Camps are very popular. We also host Birthday Parties, School Field Trips, or any other type of special visit by request.
Scotiabank Summer of Science 2013.
The Okanagan Science Centre is ready to turn up the heat this season with a brand new lineup of mind-melting camps.
Engaging, exciting and diverse themes are guaranteed to interest any budding scientist, from architects to veterinarians, and archaeologists to marine biologists. Master meteors just in time for the Perseid showers, explore the artistic elements of the elements, or go robotic with Lego Mindstorms and Lego Wedo. Summer of Science 2013 features 12 week-long camps for various ages, nine day camps for children age six to ten, and eight half-day Silly Science camps for preschoolers age three to five.
Click here for the 2013 OSC Summer Camps Outline.
Saturday Serious Fun
Saturdays bring fun and adventure to the OSC! Saturdays at 1:00pm, we explore something different for the young and young at heart. Learn something new, create projects to take home, and experience science in a new and captivating way.
Silly Science for Preschoolers
The Silly Science preschooler program at the OSC will soon be back in action with more incredibly fun activities than ever before. Your preschooler will explore phenomena and materials that draw upon their natural curiosity, captivate, motivate, and prepare them for ideas important to later learning as well as having some "serious fun"! For children age 3-5 and their parent/caregiver.
Planetarium Shows at the OSC
Join OSC staff for an exploration of the stars in OSC's own planetarium. Follow the stairway to the stars to the Space for Space gallery and see the secrets of the universe revealed in our new interactive displays.
Upcoming dates and times to be announced.
Visit the News & Events page for the details.
The best slumber party ever! In this special sleepover event we will take you on an experience that you and your group will never forget. Experience the marvel of a private planetarium show, perform fabulous science experiments, and visit our Exhibit Galleries after-hours!
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Science in Society Speaker Series
The Science in Society Speakers Series (SISSS) is a joint projects between Okanagan College and the Okanagan Science Centre. This speaker Series is driving by a volunteer committee that is passionate about bringing dynamic speakers on various scientific topics to the North Okanagan community. The first talks were presented in the Fall of 2007 and have continued for the past four academic years. More information, including upcoming speakers, can be found at the SISSS website.
Birthday Parties at the OSC - an experience no one will forget!
These fun, educational, and unique parties will keep all ages entertained and engaged. Take part in hands-on activities with an OSC educator and explore our science galleries with all your friends.
Printable Birthday Party Info Poster...
The OSC has relevant, hands-on, curriculum-based programs for your class that will keep the kids learning and laughing.
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The OSC's STARLAB is a portable, inflatable planetarium dome that accommodates up to 30 students. The STARLAB creates a dark, cloudless sky right inside your school or festival centre - a realistic representation of the night sky on the date we visit. With programming that can include: the night sky, Greek constellations, First Nations folklore, deep space, plate tectonics, and more, the STARLAB is the perfect complement to your science curriculum. STARLAB presentations can range from an introduction to the wonder of the night sky for the less experienced astronomer, to an exploration of deep space for more experienced star-gazers.
General STARLAB Information:
Intergenerational Landed Learning
- The STARLAB planetarium holds a maximum of 30 people
- STARLAB requires an indoor space of 22' x 22', an 11' ceiling, and access to electricity.
- Individual program length can range from 40 minutes to 1 hour.
- $175 per half day (2-3 shows) plus cost of transportation
- $350 per full day (4-5 shows) plus cost of transportation
For the past five years we have worked with the grade four students from St. James School and 10 community volunteer "garden friends" in planning, planting, and caring for vegetables in the Xerindipity Garden beside the OSC. In 2011, the Program was honoured with two awards: The CASCADES Award for the best onsite program from the Canadian Association of Science Centres, and a SEEDS Award for the program that best supports community and environmental sustainability from the City of Vernon.
We are interested in taking Intergenerational Landed Learning to schools in the Vernon area as part of outreach programming of the Science Centre. If you are a teacher or school interested in developing a school garden or have a garden and would welcome the program on site at your school, contact the Okanagan Science Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org). Read more about the program: m2.edcp.educ.ubc.ca/landedlearning
If you are interested in being a 'garden friend' in the Spring of 2013 and being a part of this worthwhile project, please see our volunteer page for details.
Wild on Science
Through intellectually stimulating hands-on activities, children will be able to expand their curiosity while improving their questioning skills and knowledge regarding the world in which they live. Wild on Science! encourages critical thinking and creativity as a means for expanding educational experience and personal development. By participating in an enjoyable program focused on science and technology, children will build a strong foundation for the appreciation of science and may consider it as a possible career opportunity.
The Okanagan Science Centre is your family's best resource for Home Educator science education. We offer workshops, group field trips, and individual instruction. Fees vary by program. Please contact us for more information.
Are you interested in bringing the Okanagan Science Centre to your school or organization? Most of OSC's interactive science programs can be delivered at a location convenient for you including our portable "Star Lab" planetarium. Festivals, schools, clubs, youth groups, and retreats can all benefit from science education and fun, even if you can't make it to Vernon.
Contact us for more information on programs and pricing.
2704 Hwy 6, Vernon BC.
Canada, V1T 5G5
Phone: (250) 545-3644
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
11:00am - 5:00pm
Closed - Sun. & Mon.
• Summer of Science
• Saturday Serious Fun
• Silly Science
• Planetarium Shows
• Science Camps
• Birthday Parties
• Sleep Overs
• Group Visits
• Custom Programs
• Field Trips
• Wild on Science
• Science Outreach