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PROJECT PROFILE


Adult only evenings allow people to explore the science centre without feeling as though they should be giving the children priority


“ To become a more innovative culture, we need to practice and develop the skills that lead to innovation “


place that people are comfortable being in and relaxed enough to try new things. There are two fl oors and two wings


forming an A-shape. The exhibit halls are all on one side apart from the Creative Kids Museum, which is by the entrance, so kids in strollers and families can get in quickly. From above, the building looks like


geological plates moving. There’s a lot of light coming in, which is unusual for a museum or science centre. We have a huge atrium with a high ceiling and it’s incredibly quiet. The architect did an amazing job of making sure the building is acoustically sound. We can have hundreds of kids in the atrium and it isn’t as noisy as you’d think, as there’s no echo. The building is understated in some


ways, but it’s also incredibly beautiful with amazing technologies and design features. At night it lights up with LEDs. It’s a LEED gold building. The fl oors are


heated and the cooling panels are in the ceiling. Heat rises and cool falls, so we can manage the temperature that way.


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Visitors examine the sky in real time during astronomy nights


How is Telus fulfi lling its aim?


All the exhibits, activities and school programmes are based on the idea that in order for us to become a more innovative culture, we need to practice and develop the skills that lead to innovation. We’ve identifi ed those skills as problem


solving, critical thinking, effective commu- nication, creativity and the comfort with taking a risk. We want visitors to experi- ment and try something new. Everything we offer reinforces that. The


premise is that as people get more confi - dent doing these things in a science centre, they’ll take that confi dence home with them. We now have 15,500 members and some families have been back 14 times


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already. The more people come back, the more they build on the skills they’re learning. Hopefully they’ll keep coming back to develop them even more.


What are the future plans?


We have a Dome Theatre opening in May and will develop our own planetarium shows. There’s a digital media studio underneath the dome where we’ll do workshop-based activities. Visitors can create something then show it on the dome. Outside we have a large park space of between three and four acres. That’ll be developed in the next couple of years so we’ll be able to offer outdoor exhibits, experiences and activities. ●


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