The Gaspé Peninsula Science Centre: latest presentation a resounding success
This fall, the Gaspé Peninsula Science Centre will be offering a new presentation for Francophone and Anglophone students enrolled at elementary and secondary schools from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to Chandler. Entitled Waves, sound and light, this presentation featuring a series of some fifteen demonstrations is already guaranteed to be seen by 1,650 individuals, exceeding the goal of 1500 viewers initially set for the fall term by the Science Centre.
During this new one-hour presentation, the students will watch a range of demonstrations on science-related phenomena. For instance, a bell jar vacuum chamber will be used to show the fundamental difference between sound and light waves.
In addition to this new activity, the Gaspé Peninsula Science Centre has developed two new educational kits that staff at the region’s schools can use on their own to conduct activities designed to encourage their students to learn about science. The first, which explores light, is for students enrolled in Grades 3 to 6 at Gaspé Peninsula elementary schools while the second, dealing with sound, is for the region’s Year 3 secondary school students.
The Gaspé Peninsula Science Centre is the fourth in Québec. Created in 2010, it has already produced a first presentation, offered to more than 1,700 young Gaspesians over the course of a one-year period. These scientific activities are the result of a collaborative effort involving the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie and the following partners: Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (Gaspé Campus), Cornelius-Brotherton Foundation, TechnoCentre éolien, Restaurant Adams, Gaspé Campus teachers’ union, Librairie Alpha, Clinique d’optométrie En Vue, Uniprix Martin Gagnon, Caisse populaire Desjardins de la Baie-de-Gaspé and the students’ association.