Bidding opens today for the 2022 Ontario Science Centre eAuction

Funds raised will help inspire young minds and spark innovation

The 2022 Ontario Science Centre eAuction offers a wide range of amazing items including a magical winter adventure to Reykjavik, Iceland. Bidding opens September 29 at 10 a.m. with all funds supporting accessible and inspiring science learning experiences. (CNW Group/Ontario Science Centre)

TORONTOSept. 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Browse, bid and spark a love of science! Bidding opens today for the 2022 Ontario Science Centre eAuction, proudly sponsored by RBC, in support of innovative, inspiring and accessible science learning experiences.

Visit between 10 a.m. ET on September 29 and 9:30 p.m. ET on October 6 to bid on an amazing selection of exciting and exclusive items, ranging from travel and tech packages to sports and science-themed experiences. Bid on: a magical winter adventure to Reykjavik, Iceland; a private screening in the iconic Ontario Science Centre OMNIMAX® Theatre; a day of golf at the historic Bigwin Island Golf Club in Muskoka; tickets to Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs games; a full-access tour of YTV’s The Zone; and a day spent test-driving Stella, the first Canadian-made quadruped robot.

Ten original pieces of art inspired by science, technology and nature are also up for auction. Created by Black, Indigenous and artists of colour, as well as artists from the LGBTQ2S+ and Disabled communities, the stunning pieces by these Canadian artists includes sculptures, paintings, mixed media and more. The artists will receive 50 per cent of the winning bids.

The eAuction closes on October 6 during the RBC Innovators Ball, the Ontario Science Centre’s 15th annual fundraising gala. Hosted by scientist, author and TV personality Dan Riskin and Science Centre researcher-programmer Walter Stoddard, the event will feature interactive science fun along with presentations by Toronto bat scientist and children’s book author Cylita Guy and physician-scientist Julielynn Wong, who uses 3D printing to deliver health-care solutions to outer space.

All proceeds from the eAuction and RBC Innovators Ball will help expand access to the Science Centre’s experiences, education programs and learning resources, ensuring today’s youth are ready to embrace tomorrow’s opportunities.

“Whether it’s a memorable visit to our Space Hall, building a roller coaster in KidSpark or learning from science educators during a school program, the Ontario Science Centre is inspiring young minds and sparking innovation,” says Paul Kortenaar, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. “We’re grateful to our sponsors and donors for making every one of these moments possible.”

“Providing support to institutions like the Ontario Science Centre is crucial to help the next generation of leaders explore and discover innovation,” says Neil McLaughlin, Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC and three-time Chair of the RBC Innovators Ball. “Our collective prosperity depends on today’s young people and their ability to take on the future. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor this event each year as part of our commitment to help youth reach their full potential.”

“I encourage everyone to take part in the Ontario Science Centre eAuction and the RBC Innovators Ball. It’s your chance to support world-class educational programming that inspires a love of learning and discovery,” says Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “While visiting the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Ontarians who stay overnight can claim up to 20 per cent of eligible travel accommodation expenses through Ontario’s staycation tax credit.”

RBC has served as title sponsor of the Innovators Ball since 2015. Also supporting the 2022 event are pacesetter sponsors Connected, IBM, Interad and TELUS, and media partners Astral, Corus Entertainment, OUTFRONT Media, PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, as well as Allvision, Bell Media, Rogers Sports and Media.

SOURCE Ontario Science Centre

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