Telus World of Science (Edmonton)
|Former name||Edmonton Space Science Center, Edmonton Space and Science Center, Odyssium|
|Established||July 1, 1984|
|Location||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Type||Space and Science Centre|
|Collection size||5 permanent + 1 rotating|
|Architect||Douglas J. Cardinal|
Telus World of Science is a broad-based science centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, operated by the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation. The center is located on the southwest corner of Coronation Park in the neighborhood of Woodcroft. It is currently a member of both Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Canadian Association of Science Centers (CASC).
- 1 History
- 2 Exhibits Galleries
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Programs
- 5 Affiliations
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The centre first opened in 1984, as a replacement for the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, located to the east, that had operated as Edmonton's Planetarium since 1960 but had become limited by its seating capacity 0f 65. The City of Edmonton selected the Edmonton Space Sciences Center as the City's flagship project commemorating the Province of Alberta's 75th Anniversary. The original building was designed by architect Douglas J. Cardinal.
When first opened, it was called the Edmonton Space Science Centre and then later it was changed to the Edmonton Space and Science Centre. In 2001, after a 14-million dollar expansion of the original building, the name was changed again to the Odyssium. On May 2, 2005, the center was renamed to the Telus World of Science - Edmonton after a $8.2 million, 20-year partnership was established with Telus. The centre attracts over half a million visitors a year and has Canada's largest planetarium dome theatre (the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre).
There are currently plans in the works for another expansion that would see the center triple in size. The expansion would include a new DVT (Digital Visualization Theater), new galleries, a restaurant and, through a partnership with the University of Alberta, a research facility that would allow ideas to be tested and modified. The renovations have begun though there is currently no target date.
An interactive gallery that is designed to interest children between the ages to two and eight years. It consists of four main areas: WaterWorks, the Construction Zone, Discovery Den and Potters Corner. Some of the highlights include a giant piano, which you play by walking on the keys, a multi-level water table and a multitude of blocks.
The Body Fantastic room is an interactive carnival-style exhibition about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Highlights include a multi-axis trainer and the Gallery of the Gross, which houses specimens of earwax, urine and other substances that the human body produces. 
The Lego Mindstorms Centre is a 45-minute guided program in which guests program pre-built robots to perform various tasks and missions. It is only open to the general public during weekends and holidays. During the week it is used by school groups.
The Space Place introduces visitors to astronomy and astronautics. Highlights include an actual moon rock, on long-term loan from NASA, that was collected during the Apollo program, a radio controlled replica of the Mars Pathfinder rover and a computer program that turns your face into an alien.
This exhibit space hosts small temporary exhibits that are included with a general admission. Currently, it is used for summer camps, school groups, and for various public and non-public events.
Feature Exhibit Gallery
This 1,500-square-metre (16,000 sq ft) gallery hosts large temporary exhibits that are not included with a general admission. Past exhibits have included Star Wars: Identities, Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, and Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology. Currently, the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is featured, until September 2016, at which time it will be replaced in October 2016 by the Angry Birds Exhibit.
The Science Garage is an exhibit where visitors can be more hands-on and explore science face-to-face, with activities as well as learning opportunities such as a vertical climbing wall.
A 275-seat theatre showing current educational movies, shot in high resolution IMAX film reel. The Telus World of Science features the original IMAX Theatre in Western Canada. Images are enhanced by a custom designed six-channel, multi-speaker sound system are projected onto a 13m x 19m screen. Admission to the IMAX theatre is not included with general admission. Recently, the IMAX Theater began showing Hollywood blockbusters (such as Batman v Superman or Zootopia) a few months after being released (like the educational films, these are not included in the admission price and can be more expensive than the educational films).
Margaret Zeidler Star Theater
The 250-seat large dome theater that was formerly used for laser shows and star shows. It was the largest such theater in Canada when the center opened in 1984. In 2008, the Margaret Zeidler Star Theater changed its projection system and educational content to a full dome immersive video experience. The Telus World of Science Edmonton was the first planetarium and science center in Canada to showcase this new technology for domed theaters. Admission to shows in the Star Theater is included in general admission.
The Syncrude Science Stage features a staff member demonstrating science, typically involving flammable gases, dry ice, or electricity. A child from the audience will often be called upon to assist the demonstrator with an activity. The demonstrations are included with general admission.
DOW Computer Lab
This computer lab opened in August 1995 and relocated to its new location in April 2001 beside the Telus Robotics Lab. The DOW Computer Lab has various electronic teaching tools available and a high speed internet connection to each workstation. However, the computer lab can still be rented for special events and is used during the summer months for computer camps.
There is an observatory outdoors, separate from the main building. It is free of charge, but it opens only when the weather permits, and it closes if the temperature is below −15 °C (5 °F). It is equipped with seven telescopes, including a Meade 16" LX200, a 180 mm (7 in) Starfire refractor, and three solar telescopes all provided by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre).
Cafe and Gift Shop
The science center has a cafe for visitors and for special events such as fundraisers. The cafe is undergoing renovations, as of early 2016. There is also a gift shop in the lobby.
Science in Motion
Science in Motion is a feature at Telus World of Science-Edmonton that brings science programs and presentations to schools that are more than 100 km (62 mi) from the centre. The program uses experiments, demonstrations and hands-on activities to teach science and is designed to meet the learning objectives set out in the Alberta science curriculum.
TransAlta Science Lab
The TransAlta Science Lab is a fully equipped laboratory that allows students to participate in science experiments.
- Queen Elizabeth Planetarium
- Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc. Portfolio - Edmonton Space Sciences Centre
- Telus invests $8.2 million in Odyssium
- "2007: Building our future" (PDF). Odyssium.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- Shari Narine (5 August 2009). "TELUS World of Science: The future starts here". Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- "The Body Fantastic". Telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- "Space Place". Telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- Telus World of Science - Edmonton: Observatory and Astronomy Links
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