Author Archives: Cynthia Ford

Brainstorm for 2022 BC SRC Theme!

It’s time to start thinking about  SRC themes for… 2022!! (Our 2021 theme is Mystery). 

First though, we want to do a little brainstorming and we’d love your help! Are there any theme suggestions you’d like to have included in the mix? Add a comment or use the form below and we’ll add them to the list!

We’ll leave the brainstorm open till August 15th. The following week we’ll send out a short-list of themes and then it will be time to vote on the three “finalists”.

Suggestions so far:

  • Empowered
  • All Together Now (emotions/sharing/mental health)
  • Fizz, Boom, Read (science/learning)
  • Paws to Read (pets/animals)
  • Dream Big – Read (growth/dreams/learning)
  • Environment / Nature
  • First nations theme – spirit animals (Activity ideas: kids creating their own family pole with meaningful spirit animals)
  • Brainstorming – Just as you wrote in your email, and also a little play on Victoria Public Library’s recent marketing award.
  • We All Belong (celebrate diversity/multiculturalism)
  • “Underground”, Sub-theme ideas: Tunnels (Chunnel; railway construction; mining (Britannia Mine partnership?); gold rush), Animal homes (BC animals including Burrowing Owls; badgers; moles), Geology (caves; rocks and minerals; volcanoes; plate tectonics; earthquakes), Archaeology, Paleontology (who doesn’t like dinosaurs?), Utilities (sewers; wells; water mains; fire hydrants; electrical conduits; underground streams), Bugs (ants, worms, bacteria), Underground Railway, French underground resistance in WWII, Underground homes for people (e.g. Coober Pedy in Australia), Bunkers, Catacombs
  • Resilience!
  • Way back when (history);
  • The future is now (discoveries, trends, growing up, imagining the future);
  • Around the world in 7 weeks;
  • Friendship
  • Explore the Biomes: animals, vegetation, weather and conservation
    Tropical Rainforest
    Temperate Forest
    Desert
    Tundra
    Taiga
    Grassland
    Savanna
    Freshwater
    Marine
  • Manga/Anime
  • Ethnic/First Nations’ Canadian Heroes

Ask on Astronomer event recording available!

We had such a great time with Rachel Wang and Trish Pattison from the Space Centre today during our Ask an Astronomer event!

After a minor technical delay we launched straight into exploring our universe, straight from the Space Centre (notice the giant telescope behind Rachel!!) And we had so many great questions from viewers all over the province!

In case you weren’t able to attend, we’ve added a link to the recording (just scroll down to the Event Details section on our Ask an Astronomer page. We’ve also added info on stargazing apps, a DIY star finder, and how to find Comet Neowise in the sky (see it now! Next chance is in 6,800 years!)

Be sure to mark August 12th (2:30-3:00) in your calendar when Astronomer Rachel answers more questions just in time for the Perseids Meteor Shower!

Happy Summer Reading!