Science North is vying for the bragging rights in this year’s Daily Planet Science Centre Showdown competition, and the science centre is turning to the public for help.
Daily Planet has asked seven Canadian Science Centres to present their best, over-the-top science demonstrations, for a showdown competition.
This year the challenge is in recognition of Chris Hadfield taking command of the International Space Station.
Participating science centres have been urged to give their very best, television-ready, time-and-space-altering, science demonstration; taking an experiment that they’ve done before and amping it up, or coming up with something new and wondrous.
The bigger, the better.
The filmed fantastical feats will be aired March 11-15 on the Discovery Channel. The winning science centre will be announced from space by Chris Hadfield on Friday, March 15, during the Daily Planet show which starts at 7p.m.
Your mission? Vote for Science North’s team of “Gastro-Nauts”, via Twitter, starting at 8 p.m. on March 12. Fans will have only 12 hours to vote for the Science North Bluecoats and help bring home the win.
Voting for the local team closes at 8 a.m. on March 13.
“Our experiment is called Thrust or Bust and uses a five-pound gummy bear (equivalent to 1,400 regular gummy bears) and some potassium chlorate to demonstrate the amount of energy you can generate from the chewy candy,” said Science North staff scientist Sarah Chisnell. “What does this have to do with outer space? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out. We’ll also be answering questions about our experiment, once it airs.”
Follow @sciencenorth and use the hashtag #SciShowdown to participate in Science North’s Twitter chat, being held March 12 from 8–8:30 p.m.