Telus Spark

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Telus Spark
Telus Spark is located in Calgary
Telus Spark
Telus Spark
Established October 29, 2011
Location 220 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta
Coordinates 51°03′14″N 114°01′29″W / 51.053899°N 114.024611°W / 51.053899; -114.024611Coordinates: 51°03′14″N 114°01′29″W / 51.053899°N 114.024611°W / 51.053899; -114.024611
Type Science museum
Visitors 380,000 annually
President Jennifer Martin
Website http://www.sparkscience.ca

The Telus Spark is a science museum with interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational demonstrations in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. There are more than 380,000 visitors annually, including over 77,000 students.[1]

History[edit]

Telus Spark – Calgary originally opened as the Calgary Centennial Planetarium on July 1, 1967. In 1983 the Calgary Science Centre Society began a bid to bring a science centre to Calgary and in 1987 they received an operating agreement that would transform the planetarium into the Calgary Science Centre. The Calgary Science Centre was renamed Telus World of Science – Calgary after a $9 Million donation from Telus Corporation on April 27, 2005. The original site, located on 11 Street SW in Calgary's Downtown West End, closed on June 27, 2011, and was replaced by a new science centre called Telus Spark. The new science centre is located on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) site at 220 St. Georges Drive NE in Nose Creek Valley, north of the Calgary Zoo. Telus Spark opened on October 29, 2011.[2]

Feature Programs[edit]

TELUS Spark offers a range of digital media and maker workshops, school programs, youth programs, sleepovers, birthday parties, and various spring and summer science and art camps.

HD Digital Dome Theatre[edit]

The HD Digital Dome Theatre can show films or live planetarium shows, using an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 computer graphics system with 17.7 million pixels of resolution, 4 SRX projectors, and a 19,500 watt sound system. There is also a digital media studio where visitors can learn computer graphics techniques, from computer programming and coding to intensive animation workshops.

Earth & Sky[edit]

Earth & Sky explores geology, meteorology and astronomy.

Energy & Innovation[edit]

Energy & Innovation explores the various forms of energy and the effects they have on society.

Being Human[edit]

The Being Human space explores human physiology.

Open Studio[edit]

The Open Studio shows youths how to use technology in art.

Creative Kids Museum[edit]

Designed for children under the age of nine, the Creative Kids Museum has a water play area, a climbing structure, a maker space, a miniature theatre, a reading nook, and a stimulating crawling track designed for toddlers.

Feature Gallery[edit]

The Feature Gallery hosts temporary touring exhibitions, and can be rented for tradeshows and other private functions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Telus Spark (2012). "Telus Spark Annual Report". 
  2. ^ Telus Spark (October 2011). "New Telus Spark". 

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