2016 Annual Report
Calgary Science Centre Society
2016 was an important year for TELUS Spark with efforts resulting in the achievement of the goals shown in the diagram below.
Notable highlights include:
- Record number of visitors, at 431,262, higher than our first year of full operations
- Maintained admission pricing at 2011 levels to help TELUS Spark remain affordable/accessible to Calgarians
- Exhibit investment in 10 new Being Human Gallery exhibits, including the Bed of Nails
- Hosted Body Worlds, an ~8,200 ft2 traveling exhibit highlighting the importance of vital systems in the human body
- SHIFT Lab, our teacher training program, reached more than 4,000 students
- Curriculum-linked school programs delivered to 82,000 students on-site
- Volunteers contributed almost 20,000 hours or 10 FTE
- Received Calgary’s Child Parents’ Choice Award for Best Accessible/Inclusive Experience for Kids with Special Needs
TELUS Spark receives Lighthouse Award
TELUS Spark has been a valued Calgary Board of Education (CBE) partner for more than 20 years. The partnership began when the science centre became one of the first Campus Calgary/Open Minds program sites. Since 1997, more than 12,000 CBE students and teachers have participated in the program at TELUS Spark, which allows teachers and their students to experience a wide range of exhibits, live demonstrations, programs and workshops.
In 2015-16 our Chevron Open Minds science school program welcomed 28 classes from 15 different schools involving 715 students.
Whether students are in Grade 1 as junior architects, in Grade 12 interacting with an orthopedic surgeon during a video streamed surgery or something in-between, they are involved in responsive and engaging learning at TELUS Spark.