I’m David Saint-Jacques. And I’m Jeremy Hansen. We are Canadian Space Agency astronauts. It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in this year’s National Science and Technology Week.
But first things first. Can you think of ONE thing you did this morning that did not involve technology?
Let me see… Did you wake up to the sound of your alarm clock? Did you flip the light switch in your bathroom and brush your teeth with toothpaste? Did you eat toast for breakfast? What about your ride to work? Did you get on a bus, drive your car and stop at traffic lights?
These are just a few examples of science and technology. They are SO present in every aspect of our everyday lives that we take them for granted.
Now, try to imagine a day without science and technology! Forget it—it’s impossible.
What if we say SPACE science and technology? Well, it’s no different. They are an integral part of your lives too!
Every time you use your cell phone, look at the weather forecast, or update your Facebook status, you are using satellites.
Every time you use your GPS or watch your favorite TV show, you are using satellites. If your doctor prescribed medicine and recommended exercises for your osteoporosis, you are benefiting from space science research conducted aboard the International Space Station.
The science performed onboard the International Space Station enables researchers from all over the world to put their talents to work with innovative experiments that could not be done anywhere else. We’ve already had some amazing breakthroughs!
All in all, science and technology work for the benefit of all Canadians and touch all areas of our lives. But who are the people behind those advancements?
We want to thank all Canadian engineers, scientists, and technicians for the amazing work they do every day. They actively contribute to our future.
We encourage you to take some time this week and bring your children to one of the 45 Science Centres, Museums and Planetariums across Canada. Search on the Internet for fun and simple science experiments to do at home with your family and friends. Get out there, ask questions, wonder, ponder, and discover how science and technology touch the lives of all Canadians.
Tomorrow’s innovations will come from today’s young imaginative minds. We can’t wait to see what they will be.
Have a great National Science and Technology Week!