Host Brad Tucker warms up during an April 10 webcast
and broadcast from Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller.
BY Tara Madden
Public Relations Coordinator
What do you get when you cross science with questions? SciQ
- a destination that both asks and answers science questions.
A headquarters for science. An exciting website and television
program that lets kids see and search and solve and inquire.
A place where kids can really live science.
In 2002 APEGGA joined a consortium of organizations involved
in science education to create a "virtual science centre."
The idea was to provide Alberta students, educators and parents
with an accessible portal into the world of science. On March
31, 2003, the vision became a reality when SciQ was officially
The SciQ Virtual Science Centre is an online destination
for students to ask and answer science questions. Housed in
an inviting, student-approved portal at www.SciQ.ca, SciQ
- Virtual field trips
- A repository of linked learning objects
- Digital information about science-related careers
- An electronic magazine
- Zones that highlight science-related areas, such as wildlife,
engineering and paleontology
On April 10, Up Close and Palaeo aired on Access TV and at
SciQ.ca, highlighting the science of technology and related
careers with a virtual adventure to the Royal Tyrrell Museum
in Drumheller. This was the first of a series of planned virtual
field trips, produced and aired in conjunction with ACCESS
TV, and the first virtual field trip to be broadcast and webcast
A live studio audience of students interacted with Dr. Paul
Johnston and Dr. Phil Currie, world-renowned paleontologists
with the museum, as well as some of their colleagues, while
hundreds more joined the trip via the live ACCESS TV broadcast
and webcast on the SciQ website. Dr. Johnston and Dr. Currie
answered students' questions about dinosaurs, fossils, bones
and paleontology, and shared some of their experiences and
"The SciQ project is the first of its kind - a really
exciting place for Albertans to live and experience science,"
says Trevor Doerksen, project manager for SciQ. "What
makes it so successful is the fantastic support of the SciQ
partners. With this collaboration, SciQ partners bring science
to life for young people by making science real, engaging
and compelling. SciQ really is a special place for anybody
interested in science."
SciQ is funded by Alberta Learning, with in-kind support from
the SciQ partners:
- Alberta Community Development
- Alberta Learning
- Canadian Centre for Energy Information
- Learning and Skills Television of Alberta (ACCESS TV)
- Reel Girls Media
- Royal Tyrrell Museum
- Science Alberta Foundation
Visit www.SciQ.ca for more
information about SciQ and the other project partners. As
a proud SciQ partner, we invite you to visit