Jasper Dark Skies Festivals 2017

Join us at the Jasper Dark Skies Festival October 20 - 21, 2017.  We will have live displays and hands-on activities as well as star gazing and science activities on the night of Friday October 20th. 

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Friday, October 20 

Big Bang Expo (day 1)

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

11:00 - 4:00 p.m., location – High School Gym

Inflatable planetarium 

Step into the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s new portable digital dome planetarium and see live sky shows and other full dome shows.  

Friday’s Schedule:

11:00 a.m. Horizon

11:30 a.m. Our Universe – live sky show

12:00 p.m. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (a sky show for young children)

1:00 p.m.         Horizon

1:30 p.m.         Our Universe – live sky show

2:00 p.m.         One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (a sky show for young children)

2:30 p.m.         Horizon

3:00 p.m.         Our Universe – live sky show

3:30 p.m. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (a sky show for young children)

All shows approximately 25 minutes in length.  Show schedule subject to change.  

Displays and Hands-On Activities

1) Electron Microscope and microscope tables

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

2) Science Demonstrations

See various science demonstrations presented by our scientists throughout the day which include topics on electricity and magnetism, cryogenics, lasers, and other wonders. 

3) Science Tot’s program

Activities geared toward the younger scientists including dot matching, constellation creation, paper circuit and a few other child-friendly activities.

4) Robotics programming 

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) and a real life size working R2D2!!

5) Virtual Reality Experiences

Use Google Cardboard and a few actual VR googles to explore the world of virtual reality.

6) Try your hand (and brain) on some table top Brain teasers!

7) Try your hand at using a small catapult to strike a target 

8) Make-And-Take Activities (cost recovery fee for each activity)

Build your own 16 power telescope $10.00 each

Small Electric Moon Buggies $5.00 each

Lake Annette Star Gazing and Science Activities

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The TELUS World of Science – Edmonton will have telescopes and science activities related to light and optics set up for this evening’s star gazing event.

Saturday, October 21                                     

Big Bang Expo (Day 2)

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

9:00 am - 3:00 p.m., location – High School Gym, and High School/Elementary School Field.

Inflatable planetarium (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Step into the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s new portable digital dome planetarium and see live sky shows and other full dome shows.  

Saturday’s Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Horizon

10:30 a.m. Our Universe – live sky show

11:00 a.m. Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

11:30 a.m. Horizon

12:00 p.m. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (a sky show for young children)

1:00 p.m. Horizon

1:30 p.m. Our Universe – live sky show

2:00 p.m. Two Small Pieces of Glass:  The Amazing Telescope

2:30 p.m. Horizon

All shows approximately 25 minutes in length.  Schedule subject to change.

Displays and Hands-On Activities

1) Electron Microscope and microscope tables

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

2) Science Demonstrations

See various science demonstrations presented by our scientists throughout the day which include topics on electricity and magnetism, cryogenics, lasers, and other wonders. 

3) Science Tot’s program

Activities geared toward the younger scientists including dot matching, constellation creation, paper circuits and a few other child-friendly activities.

4) Robotics programming 

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) and a real life size working R2D2!!

5) Virtual Reality Experiences

Use Google Cardboard and a few actual VR googles to explore the world of virtual reality.

6) Try your hand (and brain) on some table top Brain teasers!

7) Try your hand at using a small catapult to strike a target 

8) Make-And-Take Activities (cost recovery fee for each activity)

Build your own 16 power cardboard tube telescope $10.00 each

Build your own small electric moon buggy $5.00 each

Outdoor Activities (in the school field)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Water Bottle Rocket Launches

rocket demonstration at 2:00 p.m.