New Space Awareness Alliance to Promote Space, Science and Technology Among Youth Across Canada

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Monday, May 15, 2000

Charlottetown, Prince-Edward-Island, May 15, 2000 -- The Canadian Council of Science Centres (CCSC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) today announced they will work together to provide quality programs and information on space to youth across Canada. This space awareness alliance marks the first time the CCSC and the CSA have formalized an agreement to work together to promote Canadian space related issues.

The CSA is committed to providing programs and information to Canadian youth across the country in order to increase their interest and participation in science and technology. The CCSC and its 30 member institutions develops projects and activities in the fields of science and technology within the Canadian community of science centres and museums. Through this agreement, the CSA will facilitate communication of Canadian space-related content at the CCSC member institutions across the country.

"Science and technology will be the driving force in Canada's knowledge-based economy", said Ms. Jacqueline Bannister, Director of Communications for the CSA. "By sharing our resources with our partners, we hope to reach out to youth in all regions of Canada to encourage them to learn more about Canada's role in space, science and technology."

"Our CCSC members are already involved in promoting science and technology among youth through regional programs", said Dr. Paul Donahue, President of the CCSC. "This space awareness alliance will ensure our members are equipped with cutting-edge materials on Canada's accomplishments in space."

The alliance takes the form of a Memorandum of Understanding, will ensure that youth in all regions of Canada will have the best possible made-in-Canada information and material about space from their regional science centres.

Below are the members of the CCSC participating in this space awareness alliance:

Calgary Science Centre, Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Aerospace Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton Space & Science Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
Telephone Historical Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Fort McMurray, Alberta
Science East Association Inc., Fredericton, New Brunswick
Discovery Centre, Halifax, New Brunswick
Cosmodome, Laval, Quebec
London Regional Children's Museum, London, Ontario
iSci Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Planetarium de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
Ontario Science Centre, North York, Ontario
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba
Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
Canada Agriculture Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum, Prince George, British Columbia
Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan
Aitken Bicentennial Exhibition Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick
Newfoundland Science Centre, St. John's, New Foundland
Science North, Sudbury, Ontario
Doran Planetarium, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
Science World British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
Interior Space & Science Centre, Vernon, British Columbia
Northern Lights Centre, Watson Lake, Yukon
Manitoba Children's Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Royal Tyrrel Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Alberta

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 and located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all elements of the Canadian Space Program which include, Earth and Environment, Satellite Communications, Space Science, Generic Space Technologies and Human Presence in Space. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space-related knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity

About the Canadian Council of Science Centres (CCSC)

The CCSCs mission is to promote the understanding and enjoyment of, and participation in, science and technology by developing cooperative projects, strengthening communication, and promoting activities within the Canadian community of science centres and museums.

For more information :

Anna Kapiniari Paul Donahue
Manager, Public Relation and Media President
Canadian Space Agency Canadian Council of Science Centres
Telephone : (450) 926-4355 Telephone : (613) 993-8365
Fax : (450) 926-4352

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