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Curiosity on Stage – getting up close and personal with a real live scientist
Curiosity on Stage is a clever new program at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. It invites visitors of all ages to learn directly from scientists and researchers. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the audience to ask questions and to interact with a scientist in person. It truly provides insight into what people who are working in science and technology fields do and why that work really matters. The program is sure to inspire curious kids to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
A few weeks ago, our own Chief Scientist, Dr. Dana Devine, was on “display” at Canada’s national science museum. We were delighted to be invited to participate.
Dr. Devine provided the audience a brief look at the components of blood, blood types and why blood types matter, and she also spoke about blood safety.
An interactive Q&A followed: audience questions – from both adults and children – were interesting and diverse.
Alongside Dr. Devine’s presentation, guests were given the opportunity to find out their blood type. On the walls behind the blood typing tables, a primer video about blood, plasma, stem cell and organ and tissue donation played.
"What a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to convey the excitement of science to kids and to share a bit about how one gets to be a scientist. The added benefit to focusing on blood research was to be able to get the message out to both the kids and their parents about blood donation and being able to help others." ~ Dr. Devine
The museum is a fantastic place for hands-on learning, and real engagement with science and technology. The staff are amazing and the programming is top-notch! We hope to partner with the Canada Science and Technology Museum again sometime soon.
“Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.” ~ Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canadian Blood Services – Driving world-class innovation
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The opinions reflected in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Canadian Blood Services nor do they reflect the views of Health Canada or any other funding agency.
Jenny is the Science Communications Specialist at Canadian Blood Services working out of head office in Ottawa. She works closely with the Medical Affairs and Innovation division to interpret and showcase new research and discovery in transfusion and transplantation science.