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TELUS World of Science – Edmonton to host Edmonton’s Largest Science Experiment November 10, 2016

October 21st, 2016

Edmonton, AB – October 20, 2016 – Brace yourselves, Edmontonians! Things at the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) are about to get ‘explosive’! On Thursday, November 10, alongside friends from the community, TWOSE will conduct the biggest, craziest, wackiest science experiment ever performed by the science centre to-date, using these three items: 1. A large bin, 2. Approximately 1,500 ping-pong balls, and; 3. Liquid nitrogen. 

TWOSE invites members of the public to come witness a science experiment so large, they’ve had to take it outside – you won’t want to miss it! 

“Essentially, what we’re going to attempt to do is make a large bin, filled to the brim with more than a thousand ping-pong balls explode, using nothing more than liquid nitrogen” explained Jennifer Bawden, Director of Science at TWOSE. “We think this is something most Edmontonians have never seen done before, and we think it’s time we try it and invite all of Edmonton to come and watch us do it.” 

The ‘big bang’ will happen on November 10, which also happens to be the 1st International Science Centre and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD). 

“What better way to celebrate science centres and the curiosity and wonder science centres can inspire within their communities, than attempting an experiment we’ve never done before,” said Bawden. “This is going to be a day for the record books at TWOSE.”

Worldwide, participating science centres and science museums will offer special activities on November 10, based on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) declared by the United Nations (UN). 

TWOSE’s activities for the day include the following:

  1. Supersonic Ping-Pong Eruption at 2:00 p.m.
    • Arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to inscribe your name, or a personalized message, on a ping-pong ball.
    • At 1:45 p.m. gather in front of the science centre and prepare to watch as 1,500 ping-pong balls erupt into a fireworks display of ping-pong balls.
  2. Deluxe Guided Tours of the science centre, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
    • Tours are inspired by the UN’s SDGs and guests will enjoy first-hand and privileged knowledge of TWOSE’s exhibits.
    • Tours are 30-45 minutes and will feature live science demonstrations (create your own clouds!), mini-telescope workshops (view the sun through a telescope and UV filters), & more!
  3. Planetarium shows. Learn about atmospheres on different planets.
  4. Explore TWOSE’s Touch Tanks. Get to know the friendly sea-creatures who reside in our aquarium with guided hands-on interactions.
  5. Meet TWOSE’s critters. You might meet George & Badger, our adorable sugar gliders; or Iggy, our bearded dragon, or even one of our tarantulas Itsy and Shelob. Learn all about these fascinating creatures and their natural habitats.
  6. A special environment inspired line-up of TWOSE’s best IMAX films, like: Wild Africa, A Beautiful Planet, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar & more! (IMAX films are not included in Science Centre Admission)

 In addition to TWOSE’s special Science Centre Day activities on November 10, TWOSE is also participating in NASA’s new Citizen Science Opportunity, Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE). 

For over two decades GLOBE has enabled students in over 110 countries to investigate their local environment and put their observations in a global context, and TWOSE wants to help you contribute. Participants will be entered into a random draw to win a TWOSE’s Sky High Prize Package!
Visit for more information. 

Here’s how to participate:

  • Step 1: Using your mobile device take a photo of the sky – especially the clouds.
  • Step 2: Share your photo on social media, using #MyTWOSE.
  • Step 3: TWOSE’s staff scientists will gather all of your photos and upload them to NASA’s GLOBE Observer 

All images collected via the GLOBE Observer app are sent to the GLOBE data and information system for use by scientists and students studying the Earth. These images will help scientists study the global climate system. To learn more about GLOBE, visit:


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