Winnipeg MB (November 8, 2016): In conjunction with the Canadian Space Society’s (CSS) annual summit being held in Winnipeg on November 14 and 15, the Manitoba Museum Science Gallery is hosting Winnipeg Space Weekend on November 12 & 13, 2016. This celebration of Canadian achievements in space is a joint undertaking with the CSS and is open to the public.
The Boeing Explore Science Zone will introduce visitors to a replica of Sputnik 1, Earth’s first artificial satellite. You’ll also learn about the Black Brandt rocket, which was built right here in Winnipeg. And young people, and those young at heart, will enjoy making rockets, creating a Moon base with LEGO bricks and taking in art workshops. The Planetarium feature shows include Astronaut and Search for Life: Are We Alone?
For those passionate about rockets, Jeffrey Cieszecki, aka Mr Rocket Man, will be at the Science Gallery offering workshops on how to build an ESTES rocket that shoots hundreds of feet into the sky! You’ll learn how rockets work and how to build your own rocket, which you can take home with you and later launch.
For this weekend only, buy one admission to a Planetarium show, and see the rest of our shows for free (based on available seating). Regular admission applies for access to the Science Gallery.
Weekend Schedule of Events:
Saturday, Nov 12 & Sunday, Nov 13
Boeing Explore Science Zone – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm – Space-themed activities.
Special Planetarium Show Schedule
- 11:30 am – Zula Patrol: Down to Earth
- 1:00 pm – Back to the Moon… For Good!
- 2:00 pm – Zula Patrol: Down to Earth
- 3:00 pm – Astronaut
- 4:00 pm – Search for Life: Are We Alone?
- 11:00 am – Beginner Rocket Construction (Ages 11 – 13). $20 (cash only) This hour-long session will have participants construct a 26-centimeter tall ESTES rocket that uses solid propellant motors and can be launched to an altitude of over 244 metres (800 feet). Participants interested in launching their rockets as part of a CSS event can do so by signing up with the instructor (one launch included with this session) for a date to be determined. Space is limited to 12 participants.
- 1:00 pm – Solar System art workshop for children. Free with admission
- 1:00 pm – Intermediate Rocket Construction (Ages 14 – adult). $20 (cash only) This two-hour session will have participants construct a 30-centimeter tall ESTES rocket that uses solid propellant motors and can be launched to a potential maximum altitude of 488 metres (1,600 feet). Participants interested in launching their rockets as part of a CSS event can do so by signing up with the instructor (one launch included with this session) for a date to be determined. Space is limited to 12 participants.
- 3:00 pm – Solar System art workshop for children. Free with admission
Sunday, Nov 13 Only
- Workshop Activity – 3:15 pm – YSPACE: Young Space Entrepreneurs public information session. Free with admission
- Planetarium Auditorium – 8:00 pm – Mars One (a play) – This physical comedy explores the complexities of human settlement in outer space and narrates the unscripted imaginations of some of the most curious earthlings – the people of Winnipeg. $10 donation suggested