Guest Member Interview: Science World

Science World joins us for a guest member interview – sharing more about their Towers of Tomorrow exhibit, Covid-19 procedures, The World Needs More Nerds fundraising campaign, and more!

What sets you apart from other Vancouver attractions?

Science World is located within Vancouver’s iconic geodesic dome in False Creek, originally built for Expo 86. Science World houses engaging galleries and exhibitions throughout its 70,000 square feet of space, including teaching labs and classrooms, as well as two theatres.  Science World offers an immersive science learning opportunity for people of all ages and one of the only attractions safely open for visitors right now.

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What’s new at Science World?

Science World has extended their feature exhibition, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, until January 2021 and recently welcomed some exciting new animatronic dinosaurs into the iconic dome. We have also launched more daily science shows so that visitors watch and learn in a safe and comfortable setting.

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What do you want locals to know about your business?

Science World is committed to bringing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, Math) learning to youth all over BC through online learning opportunities. Our mission is to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature. Our vision is that within a generation, Canada will be a country of thriving, sustainable communities rooted in science, innovation and a deep connection to nature.

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Are there any new access policies that you have put into place that visitors should be aware of before visiting Science World?

Science World’s enhanced safety protocols include:

  • Visitors can book their advanced, timed entry tickets at scienceworld.ca, or buy timed entry tickets at the door
  • Visitors will need to complete a health check before arriving at Science World
  • Physical distancing protocols are in place to ensure all visitors stay at least 2 metres apart, with timed entry at a reduced capacity to allow for this
  • Mandatory masks for visitors 6 years of age and over and all staff will wear masks
  • Hand sanitizer is required upon entry and exit and available throughout the building
  • Visitors are asked to bring their refillable water bottles!
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols set out by the CDC are in place throughout the facility
  • Directional signage safely guides visitors through the dome
  • Certain galleries are operating with limited capacity. The Wonder Gallery, OMNIMAX and Birdly® VR are closed.
  • There will be additional live science shows around the building for all visitors to enjoy

Are you anticipating any changes to your hours of operation in the coming fall and winter months?

Yes, Science World recently changed its hours of operation to Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm (9:30 for members). Science World is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Can you tell us more about The World Needs More Nerds Campaign?

COVID-19 has been a challenging time for everyone and Science World is no exception. While the non-profit remains open, visitor attendance is extremely low making it more important than ever to keep fundraising at the forefront.

The geodesic dome recently launched its fundraising campaign, The World Needs More Nerds, calling on the public to support the dome through these tough times. Imagery features a 7-year old Dr. Bonnie Henry. Astronaut Chris Hadfield has also agreed to be featured in the campaign, amongst other notable “nerds”. In order to ensure the next generation of nerds–someone who loves what they love, no matter what–the dome is asking for support from its followers in the form of a donation or by starting a personal fundraising page to ensure a future of critical science thinkers.

Please consider donating or starting a fundraising campaign, here.

Is there anything not covered by the above questions you would like visitors to know?

On Saturday, November 7, Science World is hosting Girls & Steam, an action-packed day of workshops, mentorship and keynote speakers from real professionals who are making incredible contributions to the world of science, technology, engineering, art and design and math (STEAM).

This year’s inspirational keynote speaker is superhero and world-famous nerd: BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry!  This year, Science World is offering this annual event online. Sign up at https://www.scienceworld.ca/event/girlsandsteam2020/

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