Igniting Curiosity, Fostering Innovation, and Rethinking the Unthinkable

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Ingenium is Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, comprised of three national museums that annually welcome approximately 750,000 visitors in family-oriented environments. Ingenium’s reach extends nationwide and online, seamlessly blending science with everyday life through engaging programming. Unique in its approach, Ingenium not only preserves a remarkable national collection of artifacts but also places ingenuity at the forefront, sharing compelling stories and sparking dialogue on contemporary issues.

Ingenium’s three museums are dynamic spaces that tell stories of innovation and inspire learning through discovery, play, and experiential learning. From the mysteries of soil to the vastness of space, Ingenium serves as a gateway for curious minds to connect with science on a profound level. With a promise of multi-sensory programming and safe spaces, Ingenium aims to push the dialogue forward on key issues, inspiring the next generation of Canadian innovators.

Unveiling our nation’s journey in science and technology through discovery, play, and experiential learning, the Canada Science and Technology Museum boasts daily experiments, hands-on exhibitions, and a remarkable collection of artifacts, showcasing the role of innovation in shaping our shared future.

Breathing life into Canadian aerospace history, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum offers engaging exhibitions and an impressive collection of aircraft and artifacts, transporting visitors back in time and celebrating Canada’s aviation and space exploration achievements.

Serving as a bridge between agricultural research, production, and consumers, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum provides the hands-on experience of a working farm, exhibitions on agricultural innovations, food demonstrations, and insights into sustainable practices.

"Oh Crap! Rethinking Human Waste"

Ingenium is thrilled to announce that Oh Crap! Rethinking Human Waste—a thought-provoking exhibition that challenges preconceptions about human waste—is coming to the Canada Science and Technology Museum in spring 2024. Featuring five zones organized into educational, immersive, and participatory spaces, this audacious experience blends playfulness with learning, inviting visitors to explore its facets through microbiology, anatomy, history, culture, art, engineering, and the environment.

Curated and developed by the Musée de la civilisation du Québec, the award-winning exhibition delves into the global impacts of human waste, sparking reflections on environmental and social issues for a more sustainable future. Visitors of all ages will have opportunities to better understand the impact of inequalities in communities across Canada and the world and the changes they can adopt that can help with waste management.

Through the exhibition, visitors will be transported on a journey that will entertain and amuse, all while sparking reflection on significant environmental and social issues we must collectively address in hopes of imagining a more sustainable future for our planet.

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The Ingenium Innovation Challenge

From May 3-5, 2024, Ingenium will host a 72-hour challenge, in-person and online across Canada, inviting participants aged 18-35 to develop a prototype digital game under the theme of clean water and sanitation.

The world faces several serious societal challenges, including clean water and sanitation. New technologies, STEAM-related expertise, and innovative minds will be required to tackle these societal challenges. The second annual Ingenium Innovation Challenge is designed to tap into the creativity of young Canadians to help raise youth awareness about critical issues such as those outlined in the UN sustainable development goals.

The winning team will receive a financial prize, grant, and in-kind support to scale up their prototype into a market-ready product, raising awareness about clean water and sanitation for youth. The challenge encompasses access to industry experts through a dedicated panel discussion, collection tours, one-on-one mentorship via workshops, pitching sessions, and an awards ceremony. Over the course of the weekend, participants will be offered hands-on skills development, exposure to societal challenges, and the opportunity to showcase their talent to a national audience.

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With engaging exhibitions, innovative challenges, and a commitment to education, Ingenium continues to shape the narrative of Canada’s scientific and technological journey. This year promises fun and exciting experiences that push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, and Ingenium is proud to be the backdrop for all of them.

Registration for the Ingenium Innovation Challenge opens in February 2024. Visit ingeniumcanada.org to sign up, discover upcoming exhibitions, and purchase a membership for non-stop learning experiences.

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Under the Ingenium brand, the three museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — provide a sensory experience that immerses young and old alike in the countless ways science and technology connect with Canadians’ everyday lives.

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