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.

4th Annual Physics Workshop – April 17th 2019 (Regina)

Opportunity to learn more about physics at the University of Regina with Dr. N. Kolev!

Information on registration and agenda are below!


4th Annual Physics Workshop

                        Classical Physics: Particles, Fields and Interactions.

When: April 17, 2019, 9:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Crown Room, 4th Floor, Travelodge Hotel and Conference Centre, Regina

Who: Dr. N. Kolev, Department of Physics, University of Regina

Description
The session will deal with the following topics: classical physics history, particle mechanics, Newton’s laws, force of gravity, fields and fundamental interactions, and limits of classical physics.

The session will be a mixture of lecture style presentation and group discussion to explore the conceptual aspects of classical physics. Efforts will be made to provide as many examples as possible for solving problems using the concepts of fields in physics. No advanced knowledge of mathematics will be assumed, but knowledge of basic mathematics will be helpful.

Registration (Deadline: April 05, 2019)

Name:  _____________________________      Phone/E-mail: ______________

Dietary Restriction: ______________________________

Cost: $160.00 (breakfast and lunch are included).

 

Contact Persons: Afroze Naqvi, Regina, 306-596-2216, afroze.naqvi@saskpolytech.ca; Blair Proctor, Lloydminster, 780-875-5513, blair.proctor@lpsd.ca; Chris Buzinski, 306-229-6455, CBuzinski@gscs.ca

Please e-mail the registration to physicsworkshop76@hotmail.com or mail the registration to Physics Workshop, Box 37031, Regina South, Regina, SK.   S4S 7K3

Please send your cheque (payable to Physics Workshop) to the following address:

Physics Workshop, Box 37031 Regina South, Regina, SK.  S4S 7K3

The payment can also be made via e-mail using the following e-mail: physicsworkshop76@hotmail.com

Special room rate is available at Travelodge Hotel and Conference Centre for anybody requiring accommodation. Please request physics workshop rate by calling (306) 586-3443

 

AGENDA

PHYSICS WORKSHOP

Classical Physics: Particles, Fields and Interactions
April 17, 2019
Speaker: Dr. Nikolay Kolev

AGENDA

8:45 – 9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 9:40 Introductory Remarks
9:40 – 10:20 A Brief History of Classical Physics
10:20 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30 Particle Mechanics, Newton’s Laws, Force of Gravity and Its Implications
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Fields and Interactions I: An Analogy between Gravitational and Electrostatic Interactions
2:00 – 2:10 Coffee Break
2:10 – 3:10 Fields and Interactions II: The Usefulness of the Concept of Field. Fundamental Interactions. The Limits of Classical Physics
3:10 – 3:30 Questions and Answers Session and Concluding Remarks

Facilitator Opportunity – Education Learning Communities at U of S

Facilitator Opportunity for Professional Growth Network members through the University of Saskatchewan


In an effort to promote the expertise of PGN members, the Federation would like to bring to your attention the following opportunity to serve as a facilitator to students at the University of Saskatchewan through their Education Learning Communities.

The aim of Education Learning Communities is to welcome and engage students who are working primarily on external course work into the College of Education, and to infuse the College of Education with the strength of new ideas and fresh perspectives. Because the teaching profession is guided by the “lived curriculum” of those it serves, learning communities seek to create flexible and supportive spaces that involve students in the life of the College, help them to recognize their own needs, activate their strengths, and build a sense of belonging among Education students within the broader university community.

The Education Learning Communities are unique in that they are offered in each term and in both Years 1 and 2, resulting in four courses:  EDLC 101, EDLC 102, EDLC 201 and EDLC 202. In order to accommodate the schedules of upper year Education students (Years 3 and 4), the learning communities take place Mondays 4:00 to 4:50 p.m., Thursdays 4:00 to 4:50 p.m. and Fridays 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Each level of learning community follows a “curriculum”, arranged to begin with self and broadening to the global community:

EDLC 101 – Community on Campus

EDLC 102 – Community in the City

EDLC 201 – Discovering Saskatchewan

EDLC 202 – Global Community

Members of a professional growth network who are interested in making an impact on Year 1 and 2 students, may contact Kathy Pryor-Hildebrandt (Education Learning Communities Coordinator/Field Experiences Officer) or Jade Ryan (Education Learning Communities Officer/Academic Advisor) at Ed_learningcommunities@usask.ca

via Scott Burant of the STF

Engineering Week Opportunities – Girl Day and Future City – DiscoverE

DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week) has two events coming up if you’re interested in observing the live streams of either the Girl Day or Future City event!

Information below!
– Logan


We’re live streaming two events in February!

Engineers Week is a time to celebrate engineers’ accomplishments and engage the next generation of engineers.

Join us and do both ….

Girl Day Capitol Hill Briefing
Hear from our panel of role models, college students, and girls about messages that inspire and learn why young women persist in engineering.
Wednesday, February 13th from 12:00 to 1:00pm (ET, USA)
RSVP Today

Future City’s 2019 Finals
Tune-in and watch the top five teams compete for the championship. You’ll be amazed by their clever ideas and compelling presentations.
Tuesday, February 19th from 8:30am to 12:30pm (ET, USA)
RSVP Today