16 June 2016
Hon. Grant Mitchell: Honourable senators, I want to tell you today about the Telus World of Science Edmonton. It is an extraordinary science centre with an IMAX theatre, a planetarium and interactive scientific exhibits, and it is located, as the name suggests, in a city that I call home, Edmonton.
I have visited the science centre and recently experienced its remarkable exhibit first-hand, from the Environment Gallery and Space Place, to the Robotics Lab and Beyond Rubiks Cube. These exhibits create a fascinating world for people of all ages but particularly young, future scientists.
One of my special memories while there was a conversation I had with a young Aboriginal employee whose name was Orion in the Rubiks Cube lab. It turns out he is a Rubik's cube wizard who can solve any configuration of a Rubik's cube puzzle that I could give him in a manner of literally seconds.
Other highlights include the following: In late 2015, the Telus World of Science Edmonton opened the Science Garage to rave reviews. The Science Garage is a 5,000-foot gallery that provides numerous hands-on, interactive science learning exhibits.
The International Travelling Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes recently opened; it is the only Canadian stop and runs through Labour Day.
Construction has commenced on the $40-million Aurora Project. While there is still fundraising to do, the Aurora Project will see a complete transformation of the science galleries at the science centre, including the addition of 20,000 square feet of new visitor space, featuring a new gallery focusing on the science of the Arctic, the first of its kind in Canada.
I encourage Albertans, Canadians and in fact people around the world to visit telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca to learn more and plan a visit to this remarkable place that celebrates science, technology and learning in an exciting, diverse and challenging way.
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