September 9th, 2014
This summer, Let’s Talk Science presented a series of four IdeaPark Summer Institutes in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. These one- and two-day sessions were attended by 120 early years and Kindergarten to Grade 3 educators and featured exhibitors and school district and departmental representatives.
Participating educators were offered the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions that support program planning in early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The sessions challenged current thinking and discussed best practices for developing students’ inquiry, problem solving and 21st century thinking. Finally, the Summer Institutes were designed to build educators’ confidence and proficiency in planning and assessing a hands-on/minds-on, curriculum-aligned program.
Response to the sessions was overwhelmingly positive. “Not only was the session a wealth of information, but the presentation was fun, interactive and engaging – a must for any lover of STEM and learning,” said Roger Matthews of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Western Region.
Alyshia Mahy of Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board commented, “I look forward to implementing the many things I learned at the IdeaPark Summer Institute in my classroom. I feel much more confident in giving my students the opportunity to explore their inquiries.”
IdeaPark is a dynamic, online place that supports early years, Kindergarten and primary grade educators with a suite of planning tools, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources and professional learning opportunities.
To find out more about IdeaPark and more opportunities in the coming year, visit IdeaPark online.
The Council of Canadian Academies’ report, Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, was released today. The report helps to paint the clearest picture of Canada’s science culture and science culture support system in 25 years. With the results of a new public survey that assesses Canadians’ science attitudes, engagement, and knowledge, the report also reviews data on Canadians’ science skills, the current peer-reviewed literature on science culture and an analysis of the organizations and programs that support and promote science culture in Canada, particularly among youth. For more details and to read the report, visit http://www.scienceadvice.ca/en/assessments/completed/science-culture.aspx.