Shows and Activities at the BIG Little Science Centre for February 2016

The BIG Little Science Centre is open year round: Tuesday to Saturday, IMGP089310am to 4pm. Visit the Exploration Room, open daily from 10am to 4pm; over 140 different exhibits to enjoy.

Special shows and programs occur on Saturdays, at the science centre, unless otherwise noted.

Full activity information is on the website calendar.

All activities are included with the standard entry fee, unless otherwise stated.

BIG Little Science Centre: a not-for-profit, registered charity, dedicated to creating a passion for science.

655 Holt Street, in Happyvale School, 250-554-2572


Saturday, February 6: Marvelous Magnetism Show at 11am and 1:30pm

This amazing Magnetism Show is an interactive, fun show that explores magnetism and gives you some magnetic magic tricks to try out at home!


Hunters of the Grasslands: Badgers vs. Rattlesnakes

Dr. Karl Larsen, Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, TRU

Wednesday, February 10: Lecture at the Centre at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

FREE ENTRY at the BIG Little Science Centre, 655 Holt Street, 250-554-2572. Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments included. The Centre is wheelchair accessible.

Much of Dr. Larsen’s recent research has focused on the conservation challenges facing the North American badger and the Northern Pacific rattlesnake, two smaller predators inhabiting the grasslands surrounding Kamloops.

These two animals, both amazing in their own right, create havoc for common prey species such as rodents. Dr. Larsen will talk about how the major physiological differences of these two animals shape their hunting strategies.

Both do their job in different, but very efficient, ways. Badgers vs. rattlesnakes!!!

Dr. Karl Larsen grew up in Revelstoke, and completed his BSc degree at UVic. A childhood love of snakes prompted him to stay at UVic and complete an MSc degree, studying garter snakes in the Northwest Territories. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, this time working on red squirrels (another childhood favourite!). After working for a few years with a forestry company in northern Alberta, he took a faculty position at Thompson Rivers University. Dr. Larsen and his students have studied a variety of animals ranging from goshawks to pikas to turtles to spadefoots, mink, pillbugs, and of course, squirrels.


Saturday, February 13: Super Static Electricity Show at 11am and 1:30pm

The amazing Static Electricity Show is an interactive, fun show that explores those little (and BIG) sparks in your life. Is it time for your science centre hair-do?


Friday, February 19: FREE Family Literacy Night at Northills Mall

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us at the BIG Little Science Centre travel booth. Organized by the Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative. For children of all ages: music, art, crafts, science, food, and a free book for each child!


Saturday, February 20: The Light and Colour Show at 11am and 1:30pm

The beautiful and enlightening Light and Colour Show is an interactive, fun show that helps you find some rainbows in your life. Help us split light and put it back together again. We discover different ways of making light and how the energy works depending on the systems involved.


Saturday, February 27: Sound and Waves Show at 11am and 1:30pm

Sound is made with waves and vibrations. Good vibrations make music! Explore and discover sound, waves and music during this interactive show. Expect to try out some unusual musical instruments.

Contact Susan Hammond, Assistant Operator, for more information: susan@blscs.org

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