This year’s celebration of science took place in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The featured scientist was Dr. Andrew Trites, Professor & Director, Marine Mammal Research Unit, Fisheries Centre at UBC whose research on pinnipeds (Steller sea lions, northern fur seals, and harbor seals) is designed to further the conservation and understanding of marine mammals. In 2007 as part of the Big Blue Project team, he unearthed a blue whale skeleton in PEI. This experience plus his driving passion to resolve conflicts between people and marine mammals are compelling. “I don’t know what questions will raise their heads tomorrow, that’s partly what makes this so interesting”. Find out more about this awesome scientist.  A panel of BC science writers highlighted their works and talk about why they love science and how to make science fun for kids.

Featured BC Science Writers

Claire Eamer, author The World in Your Lunch Box, Lizards in the Sky, Spiked Scorpions and Walking Whales and more

Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, hands-on science writers with over 70 science books including the Dirt Book, Kitchen Science, and Hockey Science

Carol McDougall, creator of Salmon Sky View

Lori Sherritt-Fleming, artist, aRYTHMetic poet

Ashley Spires, illustrator of Scary Science and Blinky the Space Cat books

Paul Zehr, writer of books using superheroes to improve scientific literacy, Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man.

Special Tribute to science educator, Gordon Gore and founder of the Big Little Science Center in Kamloops.

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