The second annual North Bay Science Festival will take place November 12-17, 2018! Stay tuned for more details.

A very special thank you to all of our sponsors for your valuable contributions in helping us make this event a success.

We would also like to especially thank all of the volunteers, exhibitors and supporters of the festival who worked very hard to help create an energetic, fact-filled, fun -filled week of science events filled with hands- on learning, exploring and discovery.

Students will start the day with Coding Unplugged, a great introduction to computational thinking and problem-solving. Students will then learn the basics of coding to control robots and design an innovative solution to a real-world challenge. Students will need to innovate, think critically, and work collaboratively to solve the open-ended problem. Using technology as a tool, students will be engaged in a full day of math using robots.

Math is all around us! From illusions to estimations, your students will be amazed at how much FUN math can be. Students will also explore animals and plants by counting, measuring and investigating symmetry found in the natural world. Explore the roles and impact of plants and insects on the ecosystem and the effects on arthropod populations due to predators, climate, environment and human impacts.

Date: November 14 – 17, 2017
'Registration is by invitation to local schools. For more information contact:

The First People were scientists and innovators, carefully tracking and moving with the seasons and creating inventions that allowed them to survive in the northern forests of our country. With this close connection to the natural world, the Indigenous People of Canada developed a strong culture, rooted in respect for the environment.

Through this portable planetarium experience, designed for grades 4-8, students will learn about the Indigenous worldview and sit at the fire with two people who are connected to the traditional ways. They will leave the planetarium with an understanding of common constellations visible in the night sky and the Anishinaabe stories that define them.

Date: November 14 – 17, 2017
Registration is by invitation to local schools. For more information contact:

Special Registration Required

Science North is excited to offer an action-packed experience for secondary schools that will provide an opportunity for teams of students from grades 9 to 12 to experience science challenges competing against the clock.

Science Olympics is a series of problem solving activities that provide fun hands-on learning and require students to apply their problem solving skills and knowledge of science in creative ways. Science Olympics aims to inspire interest and foster inquisition in science, engineering and technology.

Date: November 16th and 17th 2017
Registration is by invitation to secondary schools. For more information contact:

Film: Mysteries of The Great Lakes

Mysteries of the Great Lakes highlights the need for preservation and conservation, and showcases the amazing geography, ecology, science and history of one of the largest freshwater resources in the world.

Join our guest speakers Nikki Commanda, Nipissing First Nation, Nipissing University and Kimberley Tremblay, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as they delve into the science, history and future state of the ancient Lake Sturgeon of Lake Nipissing.

Nikki Commanda, Nipissing First Nation, Nipissing University, North Bay, ON

Aanii! As far back as I can remember I have always been interested in the outdoors. I wanted to look after the animals and plants and was encouraged by traditional teachings I received over the years. My family has always taught me the importance of our connection to the lands and waters – that we all have a responsibility to care for and protect Mother Earth. This led me to learn more about animals, their habitat needs and ecology. Learning about ecology led me to college. I received a Fish & Wildlife Technology Diploma at Fleming College then a joint degree in Environmental & Resource Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. My degree allowed me to develop an awareness of environmental issues. After University I worked as a Project Biologist and Intern at the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre, most of my work focused on lake sturgeon for those first few years. Now, I work full time as the biologist for my home community of Nipissing First Nation while studying part time to complete my Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, the main focus being the Lake Nipissing lake sturgeon.

Kimberley Tremblay, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, North Bay, ON

I grew up on a farm on the outskirts of town and enjoyed fishing with my dad when I was younger. I have been fortunate to be able to raise my family in this Northern Ontario town - surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests. After getting my BSc (Env) at the University of Guelph, I followed my passion for fisheries to the Freshwater Ecology Unit in Sudbury and then moved back to North Bay and worked 11 years as a Fisheries Biologist for the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. This opportunity gave me a diverse background and allowed me to work on a variety of waterbodies across the province. Currently, I am a management biologist at the North Bay District MNRF for the last 3 years. I am grateful that I am able to continue to work with fisheries closer to home on Lake Nipissing and surrounding area.

Lake Nipissing Lake Sturgeon

Lake sturgeon existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Today these ancient fish are Ontario’s largest and longest living species of freshwater fish. They can grow up to lengths of 2.5 meter (8 ft.) and reach weights over 200 pounds. The largest lake sturgeon that has been recorded recently in Lake Nipissing was 82 kg (181 pounds). One lake sturgeon was too large for the scales but was estimated to be over 120 years old.

Today, lake sturgeon in Ontario are listed as a species at risk and are classified as “threatened”. Fisheries management efforts have changed over the year from exploitation to protection. Within a short period of time lake sturgeon have been fished to less than one percent of their original populations. Currently, the Lake Nipissing lake sturgeon population is listed as extant and the population trajectory is listed as increasing. Over the past two decades lake sturgeon assessments have indicated that successful natural recruitment is occurring suggesting that there is a possible modest recovery. There is still a lot of work that can be done regarding this threatened species. Including the collection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), identification of habitat areas to prevent future loss of habitat and continued sturgeon assessments.

Date: Wednesday November 15, 2017
Public show time: 6:30 pm
Location: Galaxy Cinemas North Bay


Daytime presentation for schools

Date: Wednesday November 15, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Location: Galaxy Cinemas North Bay
FREE Admission. Space is limited.
Call Carey Roy to reserve your class: 1-800-461-4898 x222

This one day community event provides families with the opportunity to participate in engaging, and fun science and technology activities, visit with well over 20 exhibitors showcasing presentations, labs and attractions, all using local and global science concepts and engineering principals. Also enjoy spectacular shows such as live science and Science North’s Touring Planetarium Show ‘Under the Same Stars; Minwaadiziwin’ and special entertainment.

Date: Saturday November 18th, 2017
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Location: Nipissing University (stay tuned for more information)
Free event.

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