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.