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Science North's Summer Science program goes virtual, camps cancelled

There are still some decisions to be made about camps in North Bay
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Visitors to Science North in Sudbury can now see what the polar bears in Cochrane are up to while their counterparts at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat can simultaneously interact with scientists and bluecoats at the science centre. It’s part of an initiative that marks increased collaboration between Science North and other tourist attractions in Northern Ontario.
Science North has been forced to make some adjustments to its programming for children this summer because of the coronavirus.
 
A decision has been made to cancel Summer Science Camps for the weeks of June 29, July 6, and July 13 in all communities says a news release.
 
Additionally, camps will be cancelled for all weeks in the following communities:
 
Atikokan, Barrie, Blind River, Bracebridge, Cochrane, Elliot Lake, Espanola, Fort Frances, Hearst, Huntsville, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Little Current, Marathon, Midland, Nipigon, Orillia, Parry Sound, Pembroke, Petawawa, Red Lake, Temiskaming Shores, Timmins, Wawa.
 
There are still some decisions to be made about camps in North Bay, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Sault Ste. Marie for the weeks of July 20 through August 31.
 
For those who have already registered for this summer, Science North will be contacting families directly to receive full refunds. Beginning the week of June 1, Science North will contact individuals on a weekly basis based on the week they were registered for camps to discuss refund options.
 
As a result of the cancellation of Summer Science Camps, Science North will offer Summer Science at Home, a new online science program for children this summer. The facilitated activity-based hour held on Zoom takes summer camp in a whole new direction. From building hovercrafts and catapults to creating secret codes with invisible ink, children will get a chance to experiment, build and tinker with stuff found around the house. After the live session is over, Science North will provide families with extra activities and media so children can continue to engage with science in the world around them.  
 
Summer Science at Home will be available for children ages 7-12 and delivered in English and French. The live sessions will be held for a one-hour time slot from Monday to Friday and will begin the week of July 6.
 
Pricing ranges from $80 to $104 depending on family size, length of the week and if you are a member or not.
 
Registration for Summer Science at Home begins Monday, June 1 at noon
 
Visit www.sciencenorth.ca/summer-science-home for full details, FAQs and to register.



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