Science Literacy Week: “Behind
the Science”

Monday, September 18th at 4 PM - Friday, September 22nd at 5 PM

Pacific Museum of Earth, Vancouver

Hosted by UBC Pacific Museum of Earth


Join the Pacific Museum of Earth for exclusive “behind the science” lab tours in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Ever wondered where scientists spend their days creating new knowledge? This is your chance to see where UBC Earth Scientists explore new ideas and run cool experiments. Don’t miss this opportunity! The PME is hosting four afternoon tours, 4 – 5 pm daily. All tours are FREE! All ages welcome. All tours will meet in the PME’s main gallery by the Lambeosaurus at 3:45 pm. Lab tours will begin at 4:00 pm. The daily events are as follows: Sept 18 | Planetary Science Lab Tour | 4 – 5 pm On this tour of the Planetary Science Lab, we’ll show you which planets UBC scientists are currently studying, you’ll learn how to design a mission to space and have a “Behind the Science” peek at the cutting edge discoveries happening in our Solar System right now. Sept 19 | Fluid Dynamics Lab Tour | 4 – 5 pm On this tour of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab, you’ll learn how UBC volcanologists study some of Earth’s most catastrophic volcanic events. We’ll discuss how and why volcanoes erupt, using the famous 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens as an example. Don’t miss this special “Behind the Science” glimpse at how volcanologists simulate volcanic eruptions in the lab. Sept 21 | Geochemistry Lab Tour | 4 – 5 pm On this tour of the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research, you’ll see where geochemists solve big questions using very tiny and precise measurements. We’ll stroll through our cleanrooms, checkout some of our world class instruments, learn how they work, as well as see a live demo of our lab’s MicroMill. Don’t miss this special “Behind the Science” look into our geochemist’s playground. Sept 22 | OmniGlobe Experience| 4 – 5 pm The finale event of our Science Literacy Week will highlight the Pacific Museum of Earth’s OmniGlobe—one of our permanent exhibits and Canada’s first and only OmniGlobe. In this exclusive show & tell, you’ll be guided by one of our Educational Leaders through images and animations of planets, real time weather, ocean currents, tsunami wave height data, forest fires, ancient ice coverage, plate tectonics, and much more.

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