Science City Has Moved to Forster
Operations at our old site on Marion Avenue ceased once City Council terminated our lease rather than undertake long-discussed plans of transfer and repairs. Our search for a new location has taken much longer than we hoped because of our requirements for a large space at a sustainable cost, but we are now finalizing details of a not-for-profit co-op, the Forster Community Hub, located at 749 Felix Ave., Windsor ON N9C 3K9. The Bridge company has been generously working with us and other charities to turn the facility into an exciting and independent community centre in Sandwich. Final details are being ironed out, and the public announcement at a press conference is waiting for the legal organization of the non-profit co-op, and with the help of fantastic volunteers we moved our equipment into Forster at the end of October. Once our long-term lease agreement with the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) is completed, we plan a press conference to make the transition official. Everything seems to be moving forward as needed, but there are still renovations and approvals needed before we can open to the public. This is a good time for you to tell us what features and designs you would like to see in the new Science City!
On Friday, April 29, St. Clair College students in a design classes by Professors Teresa Taylor, Patrick Redko, and Nicholas Kuipers presented 19 projects on exhibit design for Science City in a school like Forster. The presentations ran all day in the fourth-floor Port of Windsor room of the St. Clair College building on Riverside Dr. W. (the former Cleary building).
Our experience during the past ten years of operation, when welcomed thousands of school classes and about 100,000 visitors, demonstrates our important role in advancing the understanding and appreciation of science in the region and has reinforced our conviction to rebuild and reopen, bigger and better than ever, so that we can continue our important educational mission inspiring and entertaining children of all ages.
Donations and Electronic Payments
Donations are still needed for us to cover ongoing costs, especially now while our admissions revenue is on hold, and donations are eligible for tax receipts. Receipts for recorded donations of $20 or more, made in 2016, should be in the mail before the end of February 2017. In addition to traditional payments by cash or cheque, there are a couple of ways to make donations or other payments to us electronically:
Search for New Home
We at Science City know we are providing an important need and vital service to the community. Our mission, to advance the understanding and appreciation of science and its applications, has never been more relevant to our lives and the city's future. It is needed to realize the main objectives of the City`s 20-year plan: jobs, image, and growth. With the help of many volunteers, donors, and employment grants, we have been able to keep admission prices low enough that they rarely pose a barrier to visitors. Our search for a new home has been frustrating as we have seen many promising leads turn into blind alleys. A major problem has been the amount of space we require. As the assessment that the City commissioned in 1997 stated, a sustainable science centre in the region needs 25,000 to 50,000 sqft of space in order to have enough critical mass, but at commercial rates, rent for so much space can be prohibitive. There are many considerations that go into a sucessful venture, including other partners, fundraising, location, etc. Fortunately, we now have a skilled and experienced fundraiser donating time to us. We need time to complete a proper feasibility study that will guide us on a secure path.
Is Science City Sustainable?
This is an important question that some in City Administration and on the Council have raised. Let's address it head-on and let you be the judge. We have been operating as an interactive science centre at our current site for eleven years, since March break 2004, and although overspending was an issue early on, for the last five years, we have been operating in the black and paying all our bills on time while continuing to introduce new programs and exhibits. We own an exhibit on biodiversity by the World Wildlife Foundation and another from the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network. We have hosted exhibits on Climate Change from Science North, three exhibits on space travel from the Canadian Space Agency, and most recently, the parkway exhibit from the Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation Group and the Ontario Ministry of Transport. The deteriorating infrastructure of our city-owned building has caused unsightly and damaging water leaks and driven out one of our partners, the Border City Radio Club. Furthemore, the lack of a lease for more than one month at a time since December 2012 has prevented us from applying for a number of grants that could have helped and has driven other partners, namely Building Blocks for Better Babies and the Windsor Model Railroad Club. In spite of these serious impediments, we have stayed on budget, paid all our bills, and even grown modestly. We have frequently been recognized for our service to the community, including from David Suzuki, Chris Hatfield, and various community groups. Finally, we are looking seriously at longer-term sources of environmentally beneficial funding--watch for a major announcement in the next few weeks! So are we sustainable? Think what we will be able to do in a fresh new, well-maintained site!
Many Thanks for Helping to Move Science City!
The wonderful volunteer help allowed us to complete most of the move over the four-day period on October 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2016. Final few big items were moved with professional help.
Many thanks to all involved!
But there is no rest for Science City! We joined the big ISEYL exhibition at Devonshire Mall Oct. 29-30, 2016. Iseyl stands for "Innovation Station - Engineering Your Life", and in addition some nifty hands-on activities, we showed some of the striking design ideas proposed by student teams of Professors Teresa Taylor, Patrick Redko, and Nicholas Kuipers of St. Clair College.
When we're open, there's plenty to do and see at Science City. Kids really love the fossil dig, shadowland, and the human bubble. We also have live animals (snakes, turtles, fish, tarantulas, geckos, ...) and a time tunnel of historical telephones, photo equipment, TVs, computers, and so on. Our emphasis is on hands-on interactive exhibits showing principles of physical science and biodiversity. We have about a hundred of these.
"Awesome!" "Amazing!" "I Love It!" are just a few of the comments. Read more on the link below.
Birthday Parties at Science City!
Book the best Birthday Party in Windsor. Science based. Easy, Convenient, Fun, Educational and Affordable. Visit the Lagoon, Big Dig, Human Bubble and More!!!
Capri Pizza Discount
Get 20% off items in the take-out menu from Capri Pizza, Dougall Avenue, ordered for Birthday Parties and other events held at SCIENCE CITY!!
New! Tutorials in Math & Science
Students are often pushed into advanced classes before they are comfortable with the basics. This is especially problematic in math. It's easy to get behind and to want to give up. We offer individual and small-group tutorials in math and science, given by qualified university graduate students or upper-level undergraduates. Our tutorials build an understanding of concepts through hands-on problem solving.
Curriculum-Based Class Programs 2015-16
Treat your school class to an exciting workshop of hands-on science activities, right in your classroom. (Until our new facility opens, we only offer workshops on outreach.) There are several curriculum-based workshops to choose from and we can also design ones on specific topics if you like. Workshops generally run 30 to 40 minutes in length. Call for details and pricing.
Membership in CASC
Science City is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) and participates in their reciprocal program of free admissions. If you are a member of another participating CASC centre, you have free admission to Science City. Conversely, if you are a member of Science City, your membership card will also give you free general admission to over two dozen other CASC centres across Canada.
Thanks to Donors!
Admission receipts are never enough to cover our operation expenses. We depend on generous donations in order to survive. Please join our donor wall by making a donation of $100 or more.
Gift Ideas from Science City
Once we reopen, give memberships in Science City! Spread the fun experiencing the joy of discovering science and its applications. Great for children of all ages, even seniors! Members of Science City have free admission to 2 dozen Science Centres across Canada. Gift certificates, single admission tickets, and gifts from our science store are also available.
David Suzuki Presents Award to Science City
We were pleased to be recognized for our efforts to raise awareness about science and the importance of protecting our environment. Our thanks to the organizers of the Canvas Campus and to Dr. Suzuki for making the Mother Earth Awards.
Children 3 yrs. to 12 yrs:..............$6.00
2 adults + 2 children:.............$25.00 (a $3 savings)
Additional children each:..........$5.00 ($1 savings each)
Children 2 yrs & under:...............Free
School teachers with ID...............Free
Support workers with clients.........Free
Family of 4 Memberships..............$75
Additional family members...........$20 ea
Thanks to our membership in the reciprocal program of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, members in Science City have free general admission to over 2 dozen Science Centres across Canada.
Parking is FREE at Science City!