Science North is looking to have a more permanent local presence

By expanding its presence, Science North officials believe it could increase tourism locally

As part of a pilot project, Science North has officially opened a new local space in hopes of having a more permanent presence in Sault Ste. Married.

The space is currently intended to be a resource for local Science North staff and was opened Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Here is a full statement from Science North:

Science North today announced plans to expand its presence in Sault Ste. Marie through a programming and outreach center, as part of its two-year pilot project.

For nearly 40 years, Science North has been sharing its unique experiences in Northern Ontario through longstanding partnerships in various communities, including Sault Ste. Married. Science North hosted annual science festivals, permanent and traveling exhibits, education and outreach programs, and summer science camps in Sault Ste. Married.

Building on this success, Science North intends to explore a more permanent presence in Sault Ste. Mary region. The science center plans to expand its reach in the Algoma region through a two-year pilot project that will establish a programming and outreach center that will: employ three to five Science North Bluecoats; increase engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through enhanced education programs; organize events and awareness initiatives; and help partners meet or exceed their attendance, revenue, and visitor engagement goals. Additionally, Science North will continue to partner with local Indigenous communities and organizations to increase opportunities for STEM education, experiences and entertainment.

This longer-term presence in Sault Ste. Marie, located at 2A-875 Queen Street East, will have a significant economic impact and will be a key growth engine for Northeastern Ontario. With the expansion, Science North will support education and labor market development through STEM skills development, expand partnerships and collaboration, develop new audiences and events, deepen partnerships and engagement with communities and Indigenous audiences, as well as pilot the feasibility of a permanent location in Sault Ste. Married.

As summer approaches, Science North will outfit this new outreach program with a small bluecoat team to support Sault Ste. region of Marie and beyond. There are currently job openings with the Sault Ste. Marie and interested parties can click here or contact Genna Patterson, STEM Lead – Outreach, Sault Ste. Mary by email.

Today, Science North partners, dignitaries, board members and staff celebrated the opening of its new space with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new programming and outreach center is located at 875 Queen Street East. This new space is currently a Science North staff resource and is not open to the public.

“Providing science learning programs in Northern Ontario is an integral part of Science North’s mandate. Through this project, Science North has the ability to grow tourism in Sault, increase revenue and attendance at partner attractions, provide quality employment opportunities, attract and retain residents, and further establish Sault Ste. Marie as the STEAM and Innovation Center of the North. – Jennifer Booth, Interim CEO, Science North

“I always thought that Sault Ste. Marie is a natural place to extend Science North programming and attractions. I am very excited to see what opportunities this project can bring to Sault Ste. Marie and visitors to our community. – Hon. Ross Romano, Minister of Government Affairs and Consumer Affairs and MPP for Sault Ste. Married

“I am pleased that Science North has officially opened a satellite office in Sault Ste. Married. The resources and activities they will provide to our community will enrich us greatly. People of all ages, residents and tourists, can all have fun learning about science ideas and activities through science-related activities and exhibits. We’ll all love to learn more about the natural world around us and learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our economy will undoubtedly benefit in various ways. – Terry Sheehan, MP for Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labor

“Science North is expanding its presence in Sault Ste. Marie is a welcome and important development for our community. The creation of a STEAM Center has been identified by the City as an important opportunity to build local labor market capacity through educational and engaging programs. I’m excited to see Science North pursue this concept through a pilot project and the potential for a permanent location in our community. – Mayor Christian Provenzano

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