Inspiring Hands-On Science for the K-7 Classroom
Friday, February 20th, 2015
Telus World of Science - Vancouver
8:30am to 3:30pm
Join Science World and
the BC Science Teachers’ Association in conjunction with the Canada
Science and Technology Museum for a day of exploration:
21st Century techniques - Personalization
Project-based learning - Inquiry - Place-based education
Take back to your classroom ready-to-use materials, student-tested activities, and resources to further build your science toolkit to
equip you for the changing curriculum.
Registration Fee: $75.00.
(Includes morning snack/coffee, lunch and BCScTA Membership)
Science World Science Show
Join members of Science World’s live demonstration team as we showcase some of our favourite easy to do demonstrations and activities from the Science World resources website and learn some of the techniques we use to scale things up from table size to stage size.
More Tools for Inquiry
Dr. Sandra Eix and John Eix
A father-daughter cross-Canada education team investigate mystery powders and create experimental apparatus from plastic coat hangers and PVC pipe! In this workshop, we’ll explore a number of discrepant events and discover how they can engage students in lively, inquiry-based learning. Participants will take away a bag of demos suitable for inquiry-based science-activities in Grades 1-7.
Bringing Science and Technology
to Life in your Classroom
Christina Carnovale and Sandra Corbeil
In this hands-on workshop, you will discover curriculum linked activities that are sure to foster your students’ interest in science, technology and engineering. Learn new innovative strategies to teach concepts such as electricity, sound and light energy. Explore how the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation can support your teaching though its various resources and programs. You will leave with activities to take back to your classroom and share with teachers in your home community.
Discover Science World Resources:
Enhanced for the New Curriculum
Kate Henderson and Patrick Robertson
Following our recent survey of the needs of schools in the context of curriculum transformation, Science World educators will share results and involve participants in a process to determine how Science World can enhance your practice. Take home practical, hands-on ideas for supporting students’ science learning.
Visit the Catalyst For Science Website
The Catalyst For Science website is a joint project between the BC
Science Teachers' Association and Science World. We aim to provide
quality, teacher reviewed,
classroom ready resources.
Ministry Curriculum Process Update
From the Ministry of Education on Upcoming Curriculum Activities: Feedback on the K-9 science curriculum drafts has provided direction for the revision process. We look forward to reprising the K-9 development teams to complete this work, later this fall. In addition, we are preparing to work with the BCTF to put teacher teams together to outline curriculum for grades 10-12. Once again, the call for educators to support this work will come through the BCTF.
PowerPoint from the Curriculum Session at Catalyst 2014
Scientists and Innovators in Schools
Scientists and Innovators in the Schools (SIS) is a volunteer-based program, coordinated by Science World, that helps address British Columbia's need for more scientists, engineers, technologists and technicians to promote students' interest in these areas.
The goal is to inspire students with exciting, in-school presentations by real scientists. The program is offered to Grades K–12 everywhere in BC.
The Scientist in Residence Program lesson plans are available to
educators and the public. The lesson plans fit with the BC Ministry
of Education guidelines for Science K to 7. These lesson plans,
together with the enthusiastic students’ quest to know more and the
experiences gained by elementary school teachers and scientists, are
the legacies of the Scientist in Residence Program.
Scientists and teachers work together to develop and deliver science units comprised of hands-on lessons on specific themes. There is a major focus on the experimental process of science. Opportunities are created to link lessons to other areas of the curriculum, such as math, fine arts, English and French language arts, and First Nations. Some lessons focus on issues facing society such as marine pollution, climate change, soil erosion, biodiversity, and the importance of protecting the environment and ecosystems.