The flash of inspiration
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Canada’s first new science center in 25 years opened in Calgary on October 29, 2011. Its name, TELUS Spark, evokes the flash of inspiration that has been the hallmark of so much scientific exploration and discovery throughout history. The center’s goal is to spark ideas and encourage visitors to think in new ways.
TELUS Spark has a 10,000 square-foot, light-filled atrium with 70-foot ceilings and a mezzanine walkway. With its bright, diffuse light, enormous south-facing windows and heated floor, the atrium serves as an exhibition space, and as a welcoming entryway and landmark where groups can meet up, rest or enjoy lunch.
The five main exhibition halls are full of interactive displays. In the Being Human hall visitors can explore human behavior and different aspects of being human. Open Studio especially attracts older teenagers who can play with cutting-edge technology to create sound and music, be a disc jockey and explore sound and motion animation. Visitors learn about the environment, understand their own influence on it, pursue causes and effects, and think about environmental issues in the Earth and Sky hall. The Energy and Innovation hall highlights energy saving and alternate energy creation and the Creative Kids Museum lets toddlers and crawling-aged children play in, explore and shape this fun-filled space.