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By Staff
Saturday, October 10, 2009



ARTIE returns to Sault Ste. Marie

Free local event features fun and interactive activities as part of National Science and Technology Week – Exploration and Discovery: Past, Present and Future

SAULT STE. MARIE - (October 9, 2009) - He’s back! National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) is just around the corner and ARTIE, Sault Ste. Marie’s favourite robot, is gearing up for an appearance at his annual event.

Children of all ages are invited to attend the 2nd annual ARTIE (Advanced Research & Technology Innovation Expo) event where they can learn how to make recycled paper, make their own Asian long horn beetle craft and see live insects and more.

The ARTIE session open to the general public takes place on October 15, 2009 and is free to attend from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the George Leach Centre at Algoma University.

This session of ARTIE will have more exhibits than the school sessions and feature fun hands on activities such as “Invasiveopoly”, a life size board game.

Hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and Algoma University’s Invasive Species Research Institute (ISRI), this year’s ARTIE will focus on NSTW’s theme of Exploration and Discovery: Past, Present and Future.

ARTIE visitors are invited to browse and learn from the local science and technology exhibits at the event.

This interactive event will also have live demonstrations, a colouring contest for children and an opportunity to interact with local science and technology professionals.

Participants will also be given fun activities to take home with them.

Some highlights of ARTIE include:

- Live insects provided by The Great Lakes Forestry Centre

- Live sea lamprey provided by The Sea Lamprey Control

- How to make your own recycled paper demonstration.

- Invasive Species display and build your own Asian long horn beetle craft session

- Colour ARTIE Contest – win a prize!

- “Invasiveopoly” the life size board game

- Take home activities include: colouring pages, word searches, educational Internet links and more!

- View ‘artefacts’ demonstrating the evolution of gaming: from Atari to the Nintendo Wii

- An exhibit by Algoma Public Health

- Sault College of Applied Arts field tools and specimens

- And more!

For a full list of exhibitors please visit

Live demonstrations and presentations take place at the following times:

- 6:00 p.m.: Make your own recycled paper live demonstration

- 6:30 p.m.: Make your own Asian long horn beetle craft demonstration

“We are extremely excited to deliver ARTIE again, especially after last year’s overwhelming response,” said Tom Vair, executive director, SSMIC. “ARTIE is a great opportunity for parents and their children to learn about science and technology together while having fun at the same time.”

There will also be special ARTIE sessions for elementary schools during the day on October 15 and, new this year, a session for high school students on October 16.

Local elementary schools will be invited to bring their students to ARTIE in the morning or afternoon to view a select number of exhibits and see local professionals in science and technology present.

The ARTIE program for secondary schools will be held on October 16 and features some exciting programming.

In the morning the secondary students will learn about the video game industry and career options in this emerging field.

The afternoon will also be the launch of ProtoLaunch where students will be treated to a special keynote presentation by Ben Mattes, producer from one of the largest video game studios in the world, Ubisoft Montreal.

Among his credentials, Ben led the production of the popular 2008 installment of “Prince of Persia” and has worked on Assassin’s Creed II.

As a highly respected industry professional, Ben has been invited to speak at several high caliber events including Apple Inc’s recent “Apple Rock and Roll” event where he spoke alongside Steve Jobs in San Francisco, California.

“This is a rare opportunity for high school students to learn from one of the video game industry’s best. Ben is touted as a phenomenal speaker who is only able to speak at a handful of events every year. We hope that as many local students as possible take advantage of hearing Ben speak while he is in town,” said Vair.

Last year, over 400 local students ranging from senior kindergarten to grade seven attended ARTIE.

The annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) takes place this year from October 16-25, 2009.

NSTW is a week dedicated to creating an environment where people of all ages, in particular young people, can engage in science and technology activities and interact with professionals in this field. It is also an opportunity for young people to learn more about careers in science and technology.

NSTW also supports the Government of Canada’s federal science and technology strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage commitment to foster a culture of science and technology in Canada.

ARTIE is one of several events scheduled across Canada as part of NSTW. To learn more about NSTW visit

ARTIE – Advanced Research Technology Innovation Expo – General Public Event

When: October 15, 2009

Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: George Leach Centre
1520 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4

Cost: Admission is FREE!

Parking tokens will be provided

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