The Madawaska Highlands Observatory will offer a superlative
educational destination. Visiting students will see and learn
about the most powerful telescope in Canada. They will experience
and learn from the exciting star shows in our the state-of-the-art
digital planetarium, explore the extensive display and exhibit
hall, and learn about our place in the universe. They will also
learn about the environment with largest off-grid super
green building in North America with various displays, exhibits,
3D animations and visiting the buildings innards.
The facility will have dedicated classrooms for students to learn
about the Earth, astronomy and the universe. Our well trained
educators will present well prepared programs for all age groups.
Educational workshops will cover many aspects of the universe
including the seasons, the solar system, telescopes, galaxies
and many other important and related topics.
Students will explore the night sky with very large and powerful
telescopes and see galaxies billions of light years away. These
specially designed telescopes can be used without ladders for
safety. Under our exceptionally dark night sky and with the ultra-wide
field of view of these telescopes, the views will be wondrous
and breathtaking. The science telescopes will be made available
to science programs in schools throughout Canada and beyond. Our
educational offering will act as a terrific STEM motivator (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math), while motivating young minds
into becoming innovators and entrepreneurs.
State-of-the-art Digital Planetarium
Students will experience the universe, the night sky, the Earth
and space like never seen before. The planetarium will be an excellent
companion to the class room courses.
Trained in the curriculum of science and the environment, our
educators will support the K-12 age range with appropriate learning
packages and associated materials.
Classrooms and Programs
With a capacity of forty students, the classrooms are fully equipped
with high end projectors, sounds systems and all the necessary
tools. Learning can be built on an actual practice of looking
through powerful telescopes. Programs for all aged groups will
be offered in both French and English.
Students will have guided tours of the most powerful telescope
in Canada and also the large public telescopes. Introductory presentations
will be delivered in the multimedia theatre and/or the amphitheatre.
Subjects cover identifying the constellations, finding the planets,
exploring the Milky Way and the night sky during different seasons.
In addition guided tours of the display and exhibit hall will
be available. Students will be able to meet and speak with our
on site astronomers who manage and operate our professional telescopes.
The Madawaska Highlands Observatory will inspire.
The state-of-the-art planetarium will bring students to new worlds.