Power of Ideas Exhibition (PIE) supported by Cowan Foundation, is a joint effort, visualised by the Perimeter Institute – the world’ largest research facility devoted to Physics -- and designed, developed and invented by the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) where it is presently running from August 18 to 31.
Cowan Foundation reportedly started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, the founder of Frank Cowan company, with a goal to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians and well-being of its communities.
In 2017, as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of Confederation, Innovatio150 – of which PIE is a part -- was selected as a national project and one of several Canada 150 Signature initiatives by the Department of Canadian Heritage creating an experience that brings the wonder of science to Canadians from coast to coast.
PIE, a traveling exhibition travelling to schools and science centres across the country, with a goal to inspire students, teachers and public with the wonders of science and technology, focusing primarily on students in grades 7 to 12 from coast to coast.
Nick Butt from the Perimeter Institute said that this Traveling Exhibition for Junior and High school students, started from B.C., Canada and till then approximately 60 different communities in Canada had been covered by the exhibition.
Butt added that the exhibition explored changing ideas about our universe and visitors were invited to take a hands-on approach to learning the scientific method to better understand how scientists investigate the natural world.
Peggy from high school, with a passion for physics cranked up the power of the Large Hadron Collider to smash protons and discussed with the volunteer and other classmates how the phenomenon worked.
PIE celebrates displays of innovation and basic science throughout Canada and around the world and reportedly includes: Wall of Ideas, What’s your Model, Large Hardon Collider, Peer into the Past, Eyes to the Skies, Spin to Infin’, and Keep the Memories for visitors.
Wall of Ideas explained the collaborative nature of Science and includes photos, experiments, and information spanning from Einstin’s theory of relativity and gravitational forces to very first radio waves transmission to in 1887.
What’s your Model encourages students to participate in a giant exploration tube and to invent their own model to share with others in the event.
Participants John and Michael from high school pulled on the ropes hanging out of a large rope and observed what happened and tried to model how the ropes were arranged and connected inside.
Large Hardon Collider -- a 27-km long underground tunnel located outside of Genewa, Switzerland and built by thousands of scientists in two decades – is reportedly the largest and most complex machine in the entire planet.
Peer into the Past, shows the “delay” effect by using a special mirror that that shows the person’s reflection delayed by a few seconds.
Eyes to the Skies explores the black holes, the most mysterious objects in the universe with a stong gravity that does not allow even light to penetrate through it. Currently the scientists have launched Event Horizon Telescope to explore more sites about this strange phenomenon
Spin to Infin’ enables participants to enjoy an amazing journey from the farthest reaches of the cosmos all the way down to the ultramicroscopic world of substance particles.
Keep the Memories shares with people of all ages the wonders of science and how it works, and the crucial role of invention.
PEI also includes an interactive presentation for youth that draws on stories of Canada’s past and inspires the innovator in all of us.
12-year old Raman, visiting the travelling exhibition, with his parents, was fascinated when he stood at the edge of a black hole and watch their legs turn to spaghetti which travelled from the vastness of the universe all the way down to the subatomic scale.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)