Direct From


Adventure is just a click away...

Can’t make it to Spark? No problem! This series surprises and delights, while taking students in classrooms or at home on unique virtual adventures. Winner of the Canadian Museums Association / Association des musées canadiens Award for Outstanding Achievement in Audience Outreach.

  • GRADES 4-6

The Milky Way

Ever wanted to be an astronaut for a day? Now boarding all students and teachers for a round trip into the Milky Way! Presented by RASC (The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada), get ready to head off on a galactic journey to visit nearby stars, nebulae and clusters.

November 29, 2023

April 17, 2024

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  • GRADES 9-12

The Operating Room

Paging all students to the operating room! In this exclusive peek inside an operating room at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, witness a total knee replacement and learn from both an anesthesiologist and a surgeon.

December 12, 2023

February 27, 2024

April 16, 2024

May 14, 2024

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  • GRADES 2-4

Polar Bears International

Spark has partnered with Polar Bears International to bring students a un-brrr-lievable Direct From! Experts from Polar Bears International help students learn all about these unique mammals and how they survive in the Arctic.

February 28, 2024

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  • GRADES 3-4

The Fossil Record

In this roar-some virtual program, students will have a dino-mite time exploring the incredible exhibits of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, and they'll even get a sneak peek inside the top-secret fossil lab where ancient treasures are stored, waiting to be discovered!

March 13, 2024

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  • GRADES 2-4

The Whale Trail

Swim along the West Coast of Canada and discover the Whale Trail with Ocean Wise. Led by a marine expert, students get up close and personal with humpbacks, orcas and other ocean giants.

May 8, 2024

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  • GRADES 5-7

Blazing Trails

Feel like a wilderness hike? This session takes students to Banff National Park to learn about the resident wildlife and their habitats. Discover how animals interact with their habitats in the mountains, how wildlife monitoring and management works and how fire is actually very important!

May 16, 2024

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Program Details

  • All participants are expected to be respectful of the diverse Spark staff, guest speakers and viewers. Those who are unable to do this may be removed from the session.
  • Multiple classes, as well as online and at-home learners, can attend each session. At least two classes (or 30 participants) are needed to run each Direct From session. Programs may be cancelled due to low registration.
  • Registration closes two days before the session.
  • Participants will be admitted to the call approximately five minutes before the session to ensure that their video and audio is working. All those joining the call earlier will be in the waiting room until the session starts.
  • Feel free to enter the session with cameras and microphones on, but please turn off microphones once the presentations begin to minimize distractions. Unmuting oneself will not be allowed unless invited.
  • Direct From sessions will be recorded and are used for Spark internal purposes and to share with relevant external partners.
  • Due to the nature of Direct From sessions, only the Spark host and external guest speakers will be allowed hosting and co-hosting privileges. Spark hosts cannot accommodate special teaching requests. For any specific support requests, start by emailing [email protected] with the details!

TELUS Spark Science Centre gratefully acknowledges Repsol Oil & Gas Canada for their generous support of the award-winning Direct From series.

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