Sudbury had the incredible fortune to host Dr. Roberta Bondar today, where she took the time to talk to many local students as well as deliver an inspiring talk to the community this evening. As part of her visit, Dr. Bondar launched her Ontario 150 Challenge where people can join her in demonstrating the importance of the natural world.
Dr. Bondar has countless distinctions, but following in her family’s footsteps, it is perhaps teacher that is most evident. Dr. Bondar captivated the audience with her experiences in space, describing future missions and of course her photography.
The Bondar Challenge, calls on participants to use the camera as a gateway to learning about our environment. Anchored with a photograph taken by the participant, the competition challenges those who enter it, in a learning experience infusing art with science and science with art. Capturing an image in the environment that relates to some aspect of biodiversity, participants interpret the artistic components of the photograph that they have taken, challenging their imagination and creativity. At the same time, participants must communicate an understanding of the scientific elements of their photograph, related to the biodiversity theme.
The evening was capped off by a guided tour of Dr. Bondar’s exhibit; “Light in the Land ~ the Nature of Canada”, a travelling exhibition of 14 oversized fine art photographs of the Canadian landscape from sea to sea to sea. The photographic portraits are artistic interpretations of the unique and important landscape that is Canada. Her images cultivate a sense of awe, pride, respect and understanding of the natural beauty, biodiversity and sustainability of our nation.
Admission to this exhibit is free for the public you can view it in Science North’s main lobby until June 26.