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Behind the Blitz: Become the Biodiversity

Posted: June 9, 2016 - 15:08 , by Stacey Kerr
Four children stand with monarch wing costumes in front of an exhibit in the Schad Gallery at the ROM. Photo by Fatima Ali

Blog by Stacey Lee Kerr, Biodiversity Storyteller / Creative Producer for the ROM's Centre for Biodiversity

At this year's Ontario BioBlitz, things are set to get a little wild... we've invited everyone to dress up as their favourite Ontario Species for our NatureFest Costume Contest. But what does it take to win a fabulous prize? Inside, in the final installment of our Behind the Blitz blog series, we've got some tips for how to come out on top, and "become the biodiversity"!

Behind the Blitz: The Heart of the Data

Posted: June 1, 2016 - 22:11 , by Stacey Kerr
Angela Telfer, database coordinator for the Ontario BioBlitz program sits hard at work at a computer in the middle of the species depot during the 2015 event. Photo by Stacey Lee Kerr

Guest blog by Angela Telfer, the Data Management Lead for Bio-Inventory and Collections Unit of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO), and Database Coordinator for the Ontario BioBlitz program

Ever wonder what happens to all those observations made at the Ontario BioBlitz? Where do your species lists and iNaturalist observations go? Angela has those answers and some tips for making sure that everyone's hard work collecting data in the field is preserved and accessible to everyone for years to come.

Behind the Blitz: Three Young Scientists

Posted: May 19, 2016 - 20:25 , by Stacey Kerr
Wide view of the species depot at the 2015 Ontario BioBlitz, where scientists bring back specimens to examine and identify along tables with microscopes and field guides. Photo by Krystal Seedial

Blog by Nadine Leone, ROM Hands-on Biodiversity Gallery Assistant Coordinator 

The first of four blogs in our Ontario BioBlitz: Behind the Blitz series is an interview with three young ROM scientists, who share their favourite highlights from last year's event in the Don Watershed.

Museums and millennials: the secret may lie in video games

Posted: March 8, 2016 - 11:33 , by admin
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Photo: Visitor testing out Gam Jam games

ROM partners with indie video game developer Last Hour Games to engage Millennials through new media.

Fits like a Space Glove

Posted: December 24, 2015 - 09:39 , by Nadine Adelaar
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Orlan space gloves from Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield's collection.

Canadian Space Agency Chris Hadfield talks to us about the challenges of working with your hands in space.

REX Is Coming to Town

Posted: December 23, 2015 - 10:37 , by Nadine Adelaar
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Photo of Rex Rover, a Martian rover prototype

The ROM is a hotbed of Martian activity – along with our expansive collection of meteorites from Mars (out of only ~100 samples known on earth, we have pieces of 22 of them!), over the holidays we will play host to REX, a Mars rover prototype. REX (short for Robot EXplorer) is one of nine rovers developed by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in collaboration with over 40 Canadian companies and universities, for testing lunar and planetary vehicular tools.

Mapping Canada from Space

Posted: December 15, 2015 - 09:00 , by Nadine Adelaar
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In this photo, taken in 2014, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques unveiled the Canada from Space Giant Floor Map to a group of students in Ottawa. © Canadian Space Agency.

A giant floor map of Canada from space is coming to the ROM. Over the holidays, we invite you to explore the topography of Canada through the lens of a satellite.

Holiday Space Arcade! Get Your Game On

Posted: December 7, 2015 - 14:40 , by Nadine Adelaar
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Two kids testing a ROM Game Jam video game

Have you ever dreamed of navigating the cosmos or searching for alien life on Mars? Join us over the holidays for your turn at playing an array of space inspired video games!

Weekend at the Museum: A Community Affair

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 13:21 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
Teenage boy reads the ROM MagnusCards on a smartphone held by his mother

A Guest Post by Christa Sawyer, Community Events Supervisor, Autism Ontario

Troy, Magnus, and the ROM: The Road to Independence

Posted: November 6, 2015 - 10:19 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen

Did you know that an estimated 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum? Individuals with autism experience the world differently, and bustling cultural attractions like the ROM can be overwhelming for some of them. We want to improve that experience, and provide the tools necessary to help ensure that a visit to our museum inspires wonder and nurtures discovery, regardless of how you experience the world.