The Power of Ideas Exhibition will bring cutting-edge science programming to communities across Ontario. In this inspiring exhibition and presentation from Perimeter Institute, students take a fun, hands-on approach to engaging with the process of science. From delving into two of the world’s largest science experiments to exploring changing ideas about our universe, this immersive experience fosters curiosity and a better understanding of how we investigate our world.
The Power of Ideas Tour is supported by the Province of Ontario.Ontario
Designed and developed by Perimeter Institute in collaboration with the Ontario Science Centre, this hands-on exhibition introduces youth and their families to the powerful ideas and cutting-edge experiments helping us understand the natural world.
Spin to Infin’
With the flick of your wrist, travel from the vastness of the universe all the way down to the subatomic scale. On the way, you’ll learn just how many questions scientists still have from the quantum to the cosmos, and everything in between.
A Planet-Sized Telescope
If there was a supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, wouldn’t you want to see it? That’s what scientists are hoping to do with the planet-sized Event Horizon Telescope. See what happens when you aim model telescopes towards a precise point in the night sky. Bonus: you can stand at the edge of a black hole and watch your legs turn to spaghetti!
Peer into the Past
How does the cosmic speed limit help us see back to the beginning of the universe? Run, jump, or dance into this interactive display to find out. What looks like 2.6 seconds of delay to you is the reason why extra-terrestrials looking at earth might still see dinosaurs!
Step in and explore the most complex machine on Earth, the Large Hadron Collider. Crank up the power to smash protons, see an actual tape cartridge that holds evidence of the Higgs boson particle, and discover why it takes 3,000 scientists from 174 institutions and 34 countries to run just one experiment.
From tiny subatomic particles to faraway black holes, the universe is full of puzzles with pieces we cannot see. Guess what’s happening inside this massive mystery tube by teaming up to pull on large ropes. You might be surprised to discover there’s more than one way to skin Schrödinger’s cat.
Wall of Ideas
Discover the real story behind some of our greatest scientific thinkers by immersing yourself in this interactive wall of ideas. Whisper into a real laser interferometer like the one used to detect gravitational waves, meet Einstein’s best friends, or use your smartphone to see invisible radio waves in the same way Hertz did more than a hundred years ago.
Curious minds are the lifeblood of science. Perimeter’s Educational Outreach efforts engage and inspire students – and their teachers – through tailored programming and special events designed to share the wonder and mystery of the universe. Through educational programs, monthly Public Lectures, and engaging science festivals, Perimeter aims to inspire the next generation of transformative thinkers. Visit perimeterinstitute.ca/outreach for more information about our programming or browse free educational resources for teachers at perimeterinstitute.ca/resources.