SUDBURY, ON – Cambrian College and Science North are pleased to announce the signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement outlines a partnership between both organizations with respect to the creation, production, installation and implementation of the annual Tunnel of Terror underground experience at Dynamic Earth for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
During each year of the agreement, specific components for fabrication will be identified in collaboration with the Science North show development team and Cambrian College. These components will then be built by the students under on-site supervision, and based on detailed shop drawings. Specifically, the students will build portions of the show props and costumes for the Tunnel of Terror and install components into the underground experience at Dynamic Earth. This year, the students have redesigned an electric chair for use as part of the Tunnel of Terror experience. The students will also be involved in the delivery of the underground experience, for the public, from October 25th to October 27th at Dynamic Earth.
Through this partnership, Science North will mentor and teach students enrolled in Cambrian College’s Theatre Arts Technical Production Program, while giving them access to experienced industry experts and providing them with exposure to the career and business opportunities available in these fields. The students will gain hands-on, in-the-field training to enhance their trade skills.
According to Guy Labine, Science North CEO, the partnership offers a unique opportunity to students enrolled in the Theatre Arts – Technical Production Program, “This collaboration provides immersive and rewarding learning opportunities for the students. Through hands-on participation in the development and implementation of a quality experience for visitors to Dynamic Earth, they are able to work alongside industry professionals while developing the skills and talent required to sustain the entertainment industry in the North, over the long-term.”
“Students and faculty in Cambrian’s Theatre Arts – Technical Production program are proud to be part of the team that developed this year’s Tunnel of Terror, which showcases their amazing skills and abilities,” said Sonia Del Missier, Interim President, Cambrian College. “In addition, this partnership with Dynamic Earth exposes our Theatre Production students to another aspect of the entertainment and attractions industry, which enhances their marketable skills.” Working on the Tunnel of Terror this semester has already allowed the students to show the team at Dynamic Earth what they can accomplish. Students have had the opportunity to develop strong professional references and even earn future job offers based on their skills, craftsmanship, and work ethic. Both first- and second-year students have also learned valuable lessons about teamwork and leadership through this exciting collaboration.
The Tunnel of Terror is open to the public October 25, 26 and 27…enter if you dare! Visit dynamicearth.ca/terror for more details.
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
705-566-8101, extension 6375
Science North & Dynamic Earth
(705) 522-3701 ext. 227