Accelerator – Winter 2020 Issue

A new issue (Winter 2020) of Accelerator is out! Available here!

Some topics in this issue:

  • AITC Resources & Workshop information
  • Carla Cooper’s experience at MILSET 2019
  • Ways to use Tech in the Classroom by Judson Trenholm
  • Sciematics 2020 Presenter Information

Be sure to visit our SSTS Accelerator tab above to access previous issues!


Accelerator is a Saskatchewan science educator journal by Patrick Kossmann! It includes professional development opportunities, highlights of the SSTS executive, and articles including lessons and other resources that are valuable to STEM educators.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Would you like to share your ideas with other teachers?

Would you allow others to benefit from your expertise?

 Perhaps you have a concern about science education in Saskatchewan today. We are always looking for articles and teacher demos/classroom activities to print in our journal.

You can send your articles to us in a variety of ways:

  • by email (preferably MS WORD attachment or plain TEXT) to acceleratorsask@gmail.com
  • FAX (771-4207)
  • Regular mail  P.O. Box 70, Balgonie SK. S0G 0E0

Any photographs that you wish to enclose would be great! They need to be mailed to the editor by snail mail, or an original, not scanned, digital photograph can be emailed along with the article. If you are emailing in an article and/or photograph, please email it to:acceleratorsask@gmail.com at your convenience.

 

Sciematics 2020 – Registration

Sciematics 2020 is approaching (April 30th and May 1st)!
Register now if you plan to attend to take advantage of Early Bird registration prices!

Here is a bunch of information from our Sciematics page (above or at http://www.ssts.ca/sciematics/):

Interested in Attending? Click here to register or visit our Participants page!
Register before the early bird deadline of March 15th, 2020!
Costs associated with each designation:
$150 – Early Bird (register by March 15, 2020)
$200 – Regular Teacher/other
$100 – Pre-Service Teacher

Interested in Presenting? Fill in this form here!
Visit our Presenters page for more information on our presenters!

Interested in our Sponsors or sponsoring Sciematics 2020? Click here or contact us!
Visit our Sponsors page!

Interested in having a Display at Sciematics 2020? Click here or contact us!
Visit our Display page!


For information about Sciematics be sure to look on social media:

Twitter: @sciematics
Instagram: @sciematics


– Logan

Junior Astronauts – Classroom Opportunity Grades 6-9

Junior Astronauts – Classroom Opportunity via CSAExploring By The Seat of Your Pants


Junior Astronauts is a program which encourages kids grades 6-9 to engage in activities central to being an astronaut in three streams – STEM, Fitness and Nutrition and Teamwork/Communications. By doing the activities, they’re entered to win:
A) a visit from a CSA astronaut and
B) a visit to Astronaut kids training camp in the Summer in Quebec.

More info is here: https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/resources-young/juniorastronauts/default.asp


If you are interested in more opportunities like this to connect with scientists and explorers, feel free to visit www.exploringbytheseat.com as well!

– Logan

New Issue of Accelerator is out and Sciematics 2020 is on the horizon!

Greetings everyone!

Patrick Kossman has released a new issue of Accelerator which includes information on some professional development and articles! It is available here: Accelerator Fall 2019 or on the Accelerator page via the tab above!

Additionally, Sciematics 2020 is happening in Saskatoon! Be sure to check the top tab for more information!

 

Hope every is having a great start to their school year,
Logan

Schrödinger’s Class – PD Science and Tech Teachers – University of Waterloo

Looks like an amazing opportunity for science educators!

Details below! No registration fee, transportation and accommodations are covered.


Join us for three days at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) for the fifth Schrödinger’s Class teachers’ workshop on quantum mechanics. You will have the opportunity to attend lectures and engage in hands-on activities focused on the integration of quantum technology into the current teaching curriculum. We will discuss quantum information science and technology to give you a deeper understanding of quantum mechanics. You will discover how harnessing remarkable quantum phenomena is not only transforming the way we compute and communicate today, but how it will change the technological landscape of tomorrow.

Application Deadline: October 4th 2019

The workshop will run November 22-24 2019

The workshop is open to any Canadian science and technology teacher, with a focus on physics and chemistry. There is no registration fee, and costs of transportation, accommodation, and meals are covered.

More details can be found at: www.uwaterloo.ca/iqc/programs/schrodingers-class


Hope the start of your year has been going well!

Logan Petlak

Saskatchewan Science Teacher’s Society Annual General Meeting 2019 (SSTS AGM)

Saskatchewan Science Teacher’s Society Annual General Meeting 2019 (SSTS AGM 2019)

Come join us online for the SSTS AGM 2019 at 8:30pm on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019!

Zoom meeting info:  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/5500617062

Look forward to meeting you and seeing you there!

I recommend testing out whatever device you intend to connect with beforehand to make sure that it works!

– Logan Petlak

Canadian Light Source – Teacher’s Workshop 2019

Taken from: https://www.lightsource.ca/teachersworkshop

PDF of Speakers – Available Here


Meet a Scientist – Learn the Research – Participate in an Experiment – Connect to Curriculum

Connect classroom science with scientific research! This workshop is an opportunity for science educators to learn more about current Canadian scientific research with hands-on activities at one of Canada’s biggest research facilities. Each year we open our doors to the nation’s science teachers, providing them the unique opportunity to:

  • Participate in synchrotron experiments
  • Learn about novel research in many disciplines
  • Network with scientists who share their experiences and enthusiasm for science
  • Explore the entire facility
  • Make connections to science curriculum

CLS provides an exciting, real-life context for many of the outcomes expected in the science classroom.

The Teachers’ Workshop also provides the necessary training for your students to be able to participate in the award winning Students on the Beamlines program.

Date: July 17 – 19, 2019 (3 Day Workshop)
Location: Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, SK
Cost: $250.00 + GST
Fee supports activities, lunches, evening social, and teaching resource package.
Funding: Limited travel funding available


 

Kids Boost Immunity – Free Classroom Resource

Follow this link to the PDF for more information. The following is taken from the first page of the document. Looks like a great opportunity to facilitate student learning and provide support to students in other parts of the world!
– Logan


KidsBoostImmunity.com

For SASKATCHEWAN teachers of grades 6-11 Social Studies Science Health/Health Science

Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) is a free online learning resource for Canadian students that connects local learning to GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: students earn vaccines for children in need through UNICEF.

The best links to Saskatchewan curriculum are:
• Grade 6 & 8 Health
• Grade 6 Social Studies
• Grade 8 Science
• Health Science 20
Or teachers may find more!

KBI is brimming with carefully curated lessons linked to science, health or social studies curricula on a wide range of topics including:
• Evaluating online information sources
• Global child health inequality and the roles of NGOs
• Germs and infections
• Human body’s immune system
• History and development of vaccines
• Do’s and don’ts of antibiotics
• Spread of infectious diseases & outbreaks

Indigenous Elders and Storytellers lead the development of culturally appropriate content in KBI lessons and the site.

HOW IT WORKS
After completing a lesson, students use a computer or their own device (e.g. smart phone) to take quizzes to earn vaccines in support of UNICEF Canada. The more quizzes a student completes, the more vaccines they earn for kids in another part of the world through UNICEF. It’s that simple!


 

Planet Protector Academy: H2Whoa! – Grades 3-6 Classroom Resource

Classroom Resource Opportunity! Information Below!
– Logan


Planet Protector Academy: H2Whoa! 

A fun, engaging teaching resource on water conservation and protection that supports curriculum expectations for Grades 3-6.

Fully funded (no cost!) for teachers in Saskatchewan thanks to funding from RBC Foundation, the H2Whoa! resource helps you:

  • Meet Saskatchewan curriculum expectations for Grades 3-6 in science, arts education, language, and social studies, as well as 21st-century learning skills!
  • Save time with 4x pre-planned lessons about 60-90mins each – no training required
  • Integrate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into your lessons, with content developed in collaboration with Indigenous elders, culture keepers, and artists. Learn more.
  • Engage diverse learners through a fun arts-based and interdisciplinary approach

Full details and sign-up info @ planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan-h2w/

Winter Issue of Accelerator is available!

Reminder to go check out Accelerator – a journal full of Professional Development Opportunities, Articles, and information about the SSTS brought to you by Patrick Kossman!

The newest piece can be found here: Winter 2019

To view previous pieces, be sure to go to the Accelerator page above or here.