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NOHFC INVESTMENT TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE THINK PROJECT AT SCIENCE NORTH AND NORTHERN ATTRACTIONS

Today, Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault, on behalf of the Northern Ontario
Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), announced $1 million in funding support for the THINK
project, a major renewal of visitor experiences on level 4 of Science North and at six Northern
Ontario THINK hubs.


The THINK project will allow visitors of all ages to engage with new exhibits, programs and
experiences that will allow them to Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network and Know. This initiative is
the first major project undertaken by Science North as part of their recently revealed Strategic
Plan for 2018-2023, which focuses on bringing new, exciting and innovative science experiences
not just to the science centres in Sudbury but across all of Northern Ontario.


“This new NOHFC investment shows that Science North recognises the need to grow and
innovate in order to remain North Ontario’s most popular tourist destination. The addition of the
THINK project will give visitors a chance to learn about science in an interactive hands-on
setting, while driving tourism and creating new jobs in Sudbury. Establishing six Northern
Ontario THINK hubs means that Science North can expand its outreach programs and bring the
fun “blue coat” way of learning to communities that would have been missed, if it were not for
the NOHFC investment,” said Glenn Thibeault, Sudbury MPP


The THINK project at Science North and the THINK Hubs across Northern Ontario will become
a platform to expand the reach and depth of engagement with audiences of all ages and
backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. THINK will also
create inclusive spaces for groups underrepresented in computer science and engineering fields,
such as women and Indigenous people, to work with shared tools and workspaces.
The benefits of this project will be felt across Northern Ontario by creating jobs, driving tourism,
sustaining small businesses and creating new businesses.


“The transformation of Level 4 of the science centre provides new and returning visitors with
fresh and relevant exhibits and experiences, and supports the ongoing growth and sustainability
of Science North,” said Scott Lund, Chair of the Science North Board of Trustees. “The benefits
of the project extend to Northern Ontario through job creation and tourism impact. We are very
grateful for NOHFC’s support of this initiative.”


“One of the key components of THINK is the collaboration between Science North and six other
locations in the North. We have had successful partnerships on similar projects such as the
Northern Nature Trading experience, and are looking forward to installing THINK Hubs in
Kenora, Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay and Timmins, and in turn contribute to the ongoing growth and sustainability of those locations, while generating increased economic activity in each of the respective communities,” said Guy Labine, Science North CEO.

The development of the THINK project has involved collaboration between Science North and
Northern Ontario communities, post-secondary institutions and businesses engaged in innovation
STEM related fields, programming, digital fabrication, coding, crafting, electronics and even
science visualizations.


The Provincial Government announced some funding for the THINK project last week and the
NOHFC’s support announced today will further advance the funding for the installation of the
THINK project at Science North and in communities across Northern Ontario.


About Science North

Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource
operating the second- and eighth-largest science centres in Canada. Science North’s attractions
include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall,
and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel. Science North also oversees an award-winning
International Sales unit, which develops custom and ready-made exhibits and multimedia
experiences for sale to science centres, museums, and other cultural institutions all over the
world. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, offers North America’s first
and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint Master’s and Diploma
program. For more information please visit sciencenorth.ca.

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