Science and technology achievements are used to bring the best solutions to countries, people and communities. With technological advances in healthcare, science, technology, research and education - Canada is a great place to live. Toronto boasts the largest combined biomedical and biotechnology sector in North America. Since discovery transplantable stem cells at the Ontario Cancer institute in Toronto, stem cell researches occupy the best scientific minds and give an abundance of opportunities to treat the most devastating diseases in the world.
At the beginning of October new science exhibit, designed for children ages 4-14 opened at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Super Cells: The Power of Stem Cells takes kids into the world of stem cell science trough the four interactive and self-guiding zones. We had a chance to check them out and I like that the whole exhibit intended for kids to understand the science of super cells. Each zone includes animations and games and provide a child with a stimulating hands-on approach to learn. For example, in the Lab we learned what work is done at research centers, how to be a scientist, handle different types of instruments, see the tiny world via microscope and become Antman in the area of cells and tissues.
At Super Powers zone kids discover the powers of stem cells in humans and animals accompanied by four superhero characters: Builder, Reviewer, Regenerator and Transformer. This high tech exhibit is so spectacular and colorful that you can never imagine that it is happening in our bodies. Stem cells are the building blocks of the body, transforming to become 200 types of specialized cells that make us into the unique individuals we are. The ability of stem cells to self-renew is incredible, meaning repair and replace old or damaged cells what plays an important role in regenerative medicine. In that area stem cells make biomaterials and molecules to repair, regenerate or replace diseased cells, tissues and organs.
Key notes presented by Prof. Molly Shoichet (University of Toronto) and Dr. Michael May (CEO of Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine) at the event we attended at MaRS were focused on introducing the ability of stem cells to new generation of scientists and researchers. It is not surprising that this exhibit takes place in Toronto as Canada is a leader in the stem cell and regenerative medicine health care. As the speakers highlighted, now Canada and the world need to educate and inspire future brilliant scientists, doctors, researchers, engineers, lawyers and healthcare professionals to bring the best achievements to our society. And stem cells open doors to welcome everyone who has passion for science and medicine.
Super Cells: The Power of Stem Cells is a free to visit museum-quality exhibit that will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m till November 12, 2015 at MaRS located at 101 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7. For more information, please see www.supercells.ca.
Super Cells is an award-winning exhibit that was produced by the Stem Cell Network and Musee Nature Sciences Sherbrooke, with assistance from stem cell and regenerative medicine translation centres in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. It opened in September 2014 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and has since travelled to Newcastle, UK. After the Toronto stop, Super Cells will be on display in the United States (California), and then it returns to Canada in 2017, to the Musee du Fjord in Quebec.