Sciematics 2016


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Saturday Oct 15

Session 1 9:00 am-10:15 am

Environmental Science - RIC 208

Bernadette Slager; Saskatchewan Forestry Association

This workshop is for all grade levels. It will explore and demonstrate short activities that can be done with students to grab their attention and get them interested in the environmental topic to be covered. Most are dealing with the natural environment. Example of activity names are the elements game, the forest sponge, tree home habitats, and natural resources careers. Website resources will be introduced to the participants.

An Arc Midpoint Computation: - RIC 209

Integrating 30-Level Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science Presentation

Gregory Akulov; Luther High School

Session discusses innovative topic, recently developed in Saskatchewan, and emphasizes on its potentials of enriching cross-curricula learning and teaching. Along with conceptual foundations, presentation includes relevant system of applied examples, underlining that the topic is an efficient instrument for the real-world problem solving. Session will provide 30-Level Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science teachers with excellent resources that could enhance both in-class learning and students' research projects. Presentation will be based on the immediate links to curricula and the consequent set of learning outcomes.

Uranium Mining: Removing Heavy Metals from Waste Water - LB 132

Kate Grapes Yeo & Amy Jamieson ; Saskatchewan Mining Association

This activity demonstrates how heavy metals can be removed from waste water that is produced from the distillation of uranium. All water used in mining and milling processes is treated to remove contaminants before it is released to the environment. Some of the by-products of the uranium milling process are heavy metals which remain in the "raffinate" (the solution remaining after the uranium has been removed). The lab uses safe chemicals to demonstrate a process that has students monitoring the pH of their solution. The hands on activity presented in this workshop simulates the removal of the heavy metals from the waste water (raffinate).

Vernier Probeware - LB 126

Carla Cooper & Patrick A. Kossmann; Pomegranate Presentations

This session will display various labs and activities that can be done in science classrooms. The labs focus on the use of Vernier probeware to collect data quickly to engage students in hands-on inquiry learning.

Session 2 10:45 am - 12:00 am

Think Agri-Environment: - RIC 208

an ES20 resource for Exploring a Healthy Relationship with the Land

Paige Pister; Agriculture in the Classroom

The curricular goals of Environmental Science 20 focus on increasing students' understanding and scientific literacy related to their role in the environment. Saskatchewan agriculture provides a rich local context which the environmental issues facing humanity today may be explored. The resource consists of two modules and contains all materials necessary for the completion of its hands-on laboratories. This session will focus primarily on explaining the kit. A follow-up session will actually engage in the activities of the kit.

Online Simulations Bring Science to Life - RIC 209

Suzanne Saraya; Gizmos

When students use online simulations to explore topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and more, conceptual understanding soars and science comes to life. In this session, participants will experience a lesson using simulations, and learn how they can incorporate them into their classrooms with iPads, interactive whiteboards or a computer lab.

Potash Solution Mining - LB 132

Kate Grapes Yeo & Lynn Carter, Saskatchewan Mining Association

What do mixtures and solutions and the provincial mineral, have in common? Potash ore is a mixture and one of the methods of mining potash is by dissolution. The Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA), along with teachers and industry, have developed several lessons about potash mining that are aligned with the outcomes and indicators of the Grade 7 Mixtures and Solutions and Earth’s Crust and Resources, “old” Chemistry 30 Solubility and Solutions, new Chemistry 30: Equilibria, and Physical Science 20 units. These lesson plans can also be used in the Practical and Applied Arts Energy and Mines 10/20/30 course. This SMA presentation includes a hands-on demonstration of the potash kit activities. Help grow your knowledge of one of Saskatchewan's major resources.
Participants will receive a potash kit

Black Holes: The Death of a Star the Birth of Interest - LB 126

Patrick A. Kossmann; Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

How do stars form? What is their life cycle? What causes a star to become a black hole? The Perimeter Institute has developed a hands-on activity that allows Grade 9 students to explore the life cycle of stars and puzzle out what factors allow a star to form into a black hole.

Computer Science 20/30 - CL130

Dean Elliott; Ministry of Education

Dean Elliott will discuss the format and direction for the new Computer Science 20 and 30 curricula. Joining Dean will be members of the writing and piloting committee to share their experiences and rational of the new courses.

Discrepant Events and STEM in Science - CL128

James Palcik: Flinn Scientific

STEM and Discrepant Events are a hot topic in science. Let Flinn Scientific show you how to incorporate discrepant events and other methodologies into your class regularly on the path towards inquiry-based lessons. There will be some Flinn kits used in this session as a precursor to the guided inquiry model of teaching and learning.

Session 3 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Think Agri-Environment: - RIC 208

an ES20 resource for Exploring a Healthy Relationship with the Land

Paige Pister; Agriculture in the Classroom

The curricular goals of Environmental Science 20 focus on increasing students' understanding and scientific literacy related to their role in the environment. Saskatchewan agriculture provides a rich local context which the environmental issues facing humanity today may be explored. The resource consists of two modules and contains all materials necessary for the completion of its hands-on laboratories. This session will focus primarily on explaining the kit. This is a follow-up session to the morning's information session. This session will actually engage in the activities within the kit.

Strategies and Resources to promote deep learning of Health Science 20 topics - RIC 209

Craig White; Let's Talk Science

CurioCity by Let's Talk Science is a web-enabled free resource that Health Science 20 teachers can use to address a variety of curriculum outcomes. These outcomes include alternative approaches to health care; ethical issues in health care and treatment; the impact of lifestyle choices on health; genetically modified organisms (GMOs); food nutrition; and interpretation of diagnostic results. Students will find a host of information related to current health science issues for use in the student-directed study outcomes. In addition to these knowledge and science, technology, society and environment (STSE) resources, CurioCity also has a wealth of information related to the variety of health science related career pathways. This presentation will provide Health Science 20 teachers with practical strategies for getting the most out of these resources.

Earthscope: Continents in Motion, Science in Action - LB 132

Janice Williams; Pinnacle educational Services

EarthScope is a grand science experiment that has the geoscience community a buzz, but K-12 educators know little about. By exploring data relevant to Earth science education, teachers can help their students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills about many Earth phenomena. This session introduces teachers to the program, how it gathers data, who uses it, and why they should be excited about the opportunities for teaching and learning it provides! This session will benefit from participants bringing a device that can link to the internet.

Fields and Physics 30 - LB 126

Patrick A. Kossmann; Perimeter Institute for theoretical Physics

The new Physics 30 unit on fields can be challenging to teachers as it has not been taught by many people in Saskatchewan. The Perimeter Institut5e has created some activities that allow students to explore the area of gravitational fields and how they warp our universe and form objects like black holes. These activities will allow students to explore the concepts in a hands-on manner, but also work on the calculations that are involved in understanding what is going on.

Reimagine a wireless STEM classroom - CL 130

Quentin Dus; AYVA Educational Solutions

Discover how PASCO's new range of wireless sensors greatly simplifies the process of capturing and analyzing real world data at a fraction of the cost of previous systems. A number of thought provoking activities - involving temperature, motion, pH and pressure - will be demonstrated. Learn how to promote student inquiry, improve graphing skills and get started with the free SparkVue app. Both Science and Math teachers from grades 4 to 12 are encouraged to attend this session.

Lab Safety Certification from Flinn Scientific Canada - CL 128

James Palcik; Flinn Scientific

Come and take a tour of our Prep Room and your Science Classroom and increase your awareness of common safety and science issues that surround you in your workplace. We will cover important actions to take as preventative measures as well as what to do in emergency situations as they arise. This is a great session for new and experienced educators alike. All materials supplied and plenty of take home resources provided to help you in your school. James Palcik will be facilitating this session. This is a must-attend session for your safety in school.

Session 4 2:45 - 4:00

Creating a Learning/School Garden - RIC 208

Ray Cochran; Nutrients for Life

Exploring the opportunities and resources offered by Nutrients for Life in Creating a Learning/School Garden. This is a look at the science behind food production. By incorporating a learning garden into your school, you create opportunities for hands-on and experimental learning.

Develop Inquiring Minds Through STSE - RIC 209

Craig White; Let's Talk Science

STSE (science-technology-society-environment) outcomes provide a context for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in science classrooms. This session will focus on pedagogical strategies and resources available for free on CurioCity that develop and enhance students' skills to construct significant and insightful questions through STEM-related learning experiences. The importance of modelling strategies that explicitly support teaching and assessing the development of skills will be discussed. Developed by Let's Talk Science, CurioCity explorecuriocity.org) is an online place for Grades 8- 12 students and teachers. It supports learning through engaging resources that relate science, engineering and technology to society and the environment, and provide interesting real-world contexts to illustrate the relevance of science, technology and math.

Science 10 Help Me! - LB 132

Lindsay Shaw; Prairie South Virtual School

This is a condensed version of the SPDU workshop that will take place on Jan. 9th, 2017. In this workshop we will do various hands-on activities examining outcomes in Science 10.

Tinkering with Science - LB 126

Julie Fisowich or Casey Sakries ; Saskatchewan Science Centre

This workshop will be your chance to experience the hands on learning that takes place at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. You will take part in a hands on workshop using a Makey Makey, a device which turns everyday objects into touchpads. This workshop will take STEM education to the next level!

How to Implement Science Fair in a Senior Science Classroom - CL 130

Panel Discussion

With the Canada-Wide Science Festival coming to Saskatchewan this year we'd like to raise the bar and increase Saskatchewan involvement in Science Fairs. The panel made up of people who are greatly involved in science fairs will discuss how they run inquiry activities in their classes and school to promote science fairs.

Reaching Beyond the Classroom Walls - CL 128

Karin DavidsonTaylor; Royal Botanical Gardens

You want to go on a field trip with your students, but it’s too far away, paperwork too time consuming or too costly financially? Why not bring the field trip to you? What if you and your students could connect with experts or other students globally to discover answers and thereby potentially inspiring them (and you) to explore further? Videoconference provides that type of connected learning experience. It engages, motivates students while encouraging them to explore less traditional sources of information to get a more global perspective. It encourages more diversified learning, while inspiring increased communication and collaboration. Teachers will be introduced to the technology, where to find resources for experts and collaborations and how easily it can be incorporated to support and enhance their lessons. During the presentation, Karin will model how this technology can be used; inspiring teachers to replicate this in the classroom with their own students.

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