The 3rd annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival was a great success! Many thanks to all who joined us to celebrate science and Ontario’s 150th in Sault Ste. Marie and participated in the many activities throughout the week!

A very special thank you to all of our sponsors for your valuable contributions in helping us make this event a success, and a very special thank you to Ontario 150.

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.

Thank You Sault Ste. Marie and see you in 2018 for our 4th annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival!

Special Registration Required

Academically one of the most distinguished astronauts to have flown in space, Dr. Bondar is also the only astronaut to use fine art photography to explore and reveal Earth’s natural environment from the surface.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of her historic space flight and Ontario’s 150th anniversary, Dr. Roberta Bondar will be in Sault Ste. Marie to speak to students from grade 6 to 12 about Earth Matters.

This event will also launch the Ontario 150 Bondar challenge to encourage people of all ages to express what they admire and value in the natural world and in their community through a photography challenge.

Date and Time: April 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM & 11 AM*

Location: Algoma University

Spaces limited!

Register your class by calling Anne Marie at 1-800-461-4898 Ext. 222

This is a free event and also open to the public at 11 AM.

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*Please note time change

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Older adults will engage in science through interactive science demos presented in select seniors’ centres. The presentations will include insect exhibits presented by Entomica, with hands-on displays of live insects and some of the world’s most beautiful bugs. Older adults will experience the exotic world of insects along with the opportunity to hold these wondrous creatures, and interact with real scientists eager to share their passion and expertise in the field.

Date: April 25 , 26, 28 2017

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Science North in partnership with Algoma University is excited to offer an action-packed experience for secondary schools. The sixth annual Science Olympics will provide the 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 knowledge of science in creative ways and problem solving skills. Science Olympics aims to inspire interest and foster inquisition in science, engineering and technology.

Date: April 26 2017.

Registration is by invitation only. For more information contact:

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This annual event is offered by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to elementary school students from Grade 1 to Grade 8. Students will participate in hands-on activities, demonstrations and presentations featuring a wide variety of science exhibitors including biology, environmental sciences, computer sciences, robotics and technology, and so much more!

Date: April 27, 2017

Registration is by invitation only – for more information contact:

Bust out your plaid and toques, we’re going Canadian! We’re celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthday in True North Strong fashion. From pancakes on a stick, mouth-watering bacon, Ontario craft beer from Northern Superior Brewing Co., and home-tapped maple syrup, your taste buds are in for a special treat. Enjoy live music by Ken Suriano, and show off your national pride in the slap shot competition. Your lumberjack strength will be put to the test in our strongman competition, obstacle course, and other fun games. Take in Dispatch Talent’s Northern Lights show and revel in some Canadian-made science. You don’t want to miss this, eh?

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres available for purchase.

Location: Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, 7 PM -11PM ; 19+

Date: Friday April 28 2017

Tickets are now only available for purchase in person at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, 50 Pim Street, Sault Ste. Marie

What people thought last year:

‘Really enjoyed the opportunity to meet like-minded people. Great event!’
‘Mixing with co- Science folks’
‘Thank you for bringing this to the Soo!’
‘Awesome, awesome, awesome!’ … ‘Bring more of it!’

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 entertainment by Dispatch Talent for a festive event!

Date: Saturday April 29, 2017
Time: 11AM – 4PM
Location: The Machine Shop @ Millsquare
Admission $2 per person or $10 per family (max 2 adults) available at the door.

What people thought last year:

‘The kids were really engaged. Lots of different activities.’
‘Talking science with my kids!’
‘Seeing my kids happy and learning ☺’
‘Just so nice to have something that family’s can bring kids out for ...’
Greetings from the Honourable
Eleanor McMahon
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Message from
Terry Sheehan
Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
Message from
Christian Provenzano
Mayor for Sault ste. Marie
Message From
Roberta Bondar
President of The Roberta Bondar Foundation

The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival has been awarded the 2017 FEO Achievement Award in the category Best New Festival or Event $100,000 or less within the industry across the Province of Ontario.

For any questions regarding the festival, or if you are interested in sponsoring the festival, or would like to be considered as an exhibitor you may contact us at:

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