Friday September 9, 2011

Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario will honour the world’s most famous scientist with the opening of the Stephen Hawking Centre. The grand opening will take place in September and celebrate the life and contributions of Professor Hawking who also holds a Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute.

As the presenting media partner for the Hawking Centre Opening celebrations, TVO will air, The Power of Ideas: A Tribute to Stephen Hawking, a 60-minute special broadcast on Sunday September 18 at 8 pm. It will blend a series of “mini documentaries”, the Hawking Centre opening ceremonies and a live discussion with leading science luminaries. It will also feature tributes to Professor Hawking from prominent Canadians, ranging from David Foster to Rick Hansen and Dan Aykroyd.

TVO’s long-term relationship with the Perimeter Institute is designed to make science more broadly accessible to people of all ages, because we know that scientific literacy is essential to the long-term success and prosperity of Ontario.

The Hawking Centre Grand Opening celebrations also include a day of public lectures, tours and a children’s science exhibit on Sunday September 18. The four public lectures will be presented and streamed live on the website beginning at 10 am on Sunday, September 18. Lecturers include Hod Lipson, Director of the Computational Synthesis Lab at Cornell University; George Dyson, science historian and author; and astronaut, Julie Payette.

Kids and parents can visit the Physica Phantastica exhibitto meet a scientist and watch real life science demonstrations. TVOKids host and field reporter, Dalmar, will be onsite capturing interviews and filming a behind-the scenes tour of the new Hawking Centre for TVOKids. Kids will have the chance to try out science games and parents can learn from the team about resources like the TVOKids Homework Zone that can equip their kids for success in science, math and literacy.

Another September event kids are sure to enjoy is The Word on the Street, Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, where the TVOKids hosts will celebrate children’s literacy with fun-filled activities and performances all day long. The TVOKids stage will feature word games and contests, live music and dance performances and the cast and characters from The Space and Gisèle’s Big Backyard. The day begins at 11:00am with the Pop It Dancers and ends at 5:30 pm with a special meet and greet with Polkaroo. You can view TVOKids’ full schedule online. Bring the whole family to Queen’s Park in Toronto for the Word on the Street, Sunday September 25.

September promises to be an exciting month for science enthusiasts, book lovers and everyone in between. By bringing people together around important issues like science and literacy we’re making a positive impact in the lives of Ontarians and helping to build the type of province that we all want to be a part of.


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