EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jul 23, 2013) - Interactive galleries and eye-popping exhibits transform education into a realm of scientific fun at the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, one of Alberta's most-visited attractions.
With five specially themed galleries, the largest IMAX screen in Alberta and must-see limited engagement shows, Edmonton's science centre will tantalize your senses.
Heading up a banner summer line-up is Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life, the Rocky Mountain Express - a breathtaking IMAX journey through the Canadian Rockies - and the award-winning Syncrude Environment Galley, which encourages visitors to become scientists and to better understand science's role in environmental debates.
"Unlike a museum we encourage you to touch, to explore and get lost in the marvels of this facility as that is how learning happens," says Mike Steger, Vice-President Marketing and Communications for the TELUS World of Science - Edmonton.
The Cycle of Life
The Canadian debut of Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life is on now through October 13, presenting the body throughout its entire human life cycle.
This limited engagement is a new exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. With more than 200 plastinates-real human specimens preserved through Dr. von Hagens' invention, Plastination - the exhibit provides a fascinating look at the human body from fetal development to advanced age, and from health to distress to disease.
Full-body plastinates in various action poses, including hockey players, a baseball player, ice skaters and a ballet dancer showcase the body in all its elegance and complexity, while The Artists' Gaze segment provides amazing insight into of the world of the eye through the sight and vision of artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataracts and retinal eye disease.
Five permanent galleries await to educate, turning learning into a world of fun and exploration. Then there's the wonderful world as seen through IMAX, and a unique Robotics Lab featuring the LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Center.
- Discoveryland: With four unique play areas to spark the imagination of young visitors from infancy to age eight, this early childhood development gallery teaches creative learning through play.
- Mystery Avenue: Collect clues at the scene of the crime, then learn and use the power of forensics to figure out who is guilty.
- Space Place: Boldly go and learn if we can protect the Earth from asteroids or what you would look like as an alien. See an actual meteorite fragment and a moon rock specimen.
- The Body Fantastic: Step right up to the carnival of "The Body Fantastic" where 3-D models let you experience how our bodies work and don't miss the Gallery of the Gross! Also, be sure to check out RoboThespian™, a life-sized, humanoid, interactive robot that moves, speaks and communicates - it is the first of its kind in Canada.
- The Environment Gallery: Become an Ice Detective and learn about the polar ice cap or test rock and mineral samples to determine their properties as you develop your Rock Hound skills. Eco Explorers will want to find out how the Mountain Pine Beetle - often thought of as a pest - can contribute to a healthy ecosystem. If you're more of a Storm Tracker, a push of a button enables you to see how a tornado forms.
"We have made learning science cool again," adds Steger. "We teach science in a way that is fun, engaging and family friendly. It complements what is taught in school."
Meanwhile, Alberta's largest IMAX screen beckons with Rocky Mountain Express taking audiences on a steam train passage through the Canadian Rockies, telling the epic adventure of building Canada's first transcontinental railway.
Or discover the fascinating world of robotics. Through a 45-minute guided program, you can work with pre-built LEGO® models that can be programmed to perform robotic challenges on a special robots-only playing field.
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