Have a Hair-Raising Experience at the Big Little Science Centre
If you are looking for a fun way to learn about science and are interested in having a hair-raising experience, you need to check out the Big Little Science Centre. Dedicated to developing a passion for science in our community, the Big Little Science Centre inspires our community’s children, their families and our teachers to explore and experience science in an entertaining and stimulating environment. In other words, they are conspiring to make us think.
Since it opened in February of 2000, it has welcomed over 100,000 visitors.
The centre was the brainchild of retired high school physics teacher Gordon R. Gore who asked the principal of David Thompson elementary if he could use an empty classroom to set up some of the science stuff that he had accumulated over his years of teaching. The small room was big with kids and that’s how the centre got its name. A few years later the Big Little Science Society was formed to help Gordon out because his health was failing as a result of Lou Gehrig’s disease. The directors, who are mostly volunteers, help with fundraising and the day-to-day operations of the centre. They also helped move the centre to its new home in the former George Hilliard elementary building on the North Shore. The current program format allows visitors to experiment on their own at any of 140 plus hands-on stations located in three rooms or check out the special demonstrations and light show set up in three other rooms.
Displays include a water tornado, a static-electricity ball that will make your hair stand on end, a giant kaleidoscope, a space phone, a wacky pendulum, a disappearing light bulb, a giant bubble making machine, a piano you play with your feet and a head table that makes your body
According to their current president Dr. Jim Hebden the Big Little Science Centre appeals to kids between the ages of 3 and 93, so come on out and see how much fun science can be.
How to Get There - The Big Little Science Centre is located at 985 Holt Street, Kamloops BC. Coming from the South Shore or North Kamloops, travel West on Tranquille Road until you reach the traffic light at Holt Street. Turn right on Holt Street and travel north for approximately a half kilometre and you will see George Hilliard School on your right. The Science Centre is at the North end of this building.