Loading…
Attending this event?

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Thursday, March 26
 

8:30am

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Thursday March 26, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

8:30am

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Thursday March 26, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

8:30am

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday March 26, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

8:30am

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Thursday March 26, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

9:00am

Learning Naturally
Curious about outdoor natural spaces for teaching? Growing evidence and research demonstrates that learning outdoors and reconnection with nature has many benefits. Join educators from Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority for hands-on learning activities and best practices to engage your students and bring the curriculum to life! Classroom-ready resources will also be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Eldon

Dana Eldon

Outreach Coordinator, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Dana spends her time visiting schools across the Lake Simcoe watershed to help students connect with nature through outdoor and environmental education programs. Dana has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Zoology and is and Ontario certified teacher. She has been in the education... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Halton

9:00am

Young Inventors
Makerspace communities are being introduced in schools. Discover how to generate a maker culture in your learning environment. Emphasis is on problem-solving, collaborating with others and creating something to solve a real-world problem. Tinker, create and explore with a variety of materials. Connections to the STEM curriculum will be addressed.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
London

9:00am

Like, Comment, Subscribe: Leveraging Social Media for STEAM Education
While social media use certainly poses many problems for youth, its inevitably has inspired this conversation about how we can leverage the creativity and community-building that can flourish online for advancing STEAM education. From the #ScientistsWhoSelfie study to lessons learned as a Science Communicator on the digital front lines, we’ll discuss resources, positive examples, and ideas for making STEAM more relevant & accessible through social media.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Yammine

Samantha Yammine

Samantha Yammine is a Neuroscientist, Digital Media Producer, and Science Communicator who earned her PhD from the University of Toronto researching how stem cells build the mammalian brain before birth and maintain it throughout adulthood. In addition to her doctoral research, Samantha... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Mississauga A/B/C

9:00am

Light, Medicine and Gummy Bears?
Session uses hands-on experiments (SNC2P), for light interactions with materials, total internal reflection and discusses these applications to a new cancer therapy. Extension to SNC2D, SNC4M/4E possible. Contains: a demo for total internal reflection and fiber optics, and lab using gummy bears to investigate light interactions. Resources to be shared and kits can be loaned out for classroom use.


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Peel

9:00am

Using STS/E to Motivate Students in Science Class
Most students experience science as a foreign culture; they are outsiders in a program that tends to screen for future scientists and engineers. To them science is to be endured. STS/E provides the bridge between what interests students and what we want to teach. LTS has free resources to help teachers motivate students to learn science by linking to their interests. Bring laptop or mobile device.

Speakers
avatar for Craig White

Craig White

Education Specialist, Professional Learning, Let's Talk Science
Teaching strategies, brain compatible teaching, STEM and Careers, STSE.


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Montreal A

9:00am

« Coder avec Micro:Bit » par Science Nord
L’atelier sur le codage de Science Nord initie les enseignants à l’outil de codage Micro:bit. Grâce à un apprentissage pratique, des défis qui incitent à la réflexion et des activités spécialement adaptées au curriculum des sciences, les enseignants acquerront la confiance dont ils ont besoin pour utiliser le codage et la technologie comme outil efficace d'apprentissage dans leur salle de classe.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Windsor

9:00am

Artificial Intelligence for Educators
The ongoing information revolution will dramatically be amplified by the proliferation of AI technologies. This workshop will feature an exploration of AI concepts with many resources that can be incorporated into classroom lessons


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Paris

9:00am

Beyond the traditional lab: Tips and Tweaks for Critical Thinking
Evidence shows that more student-led inquiry means for better learning in physics and development of 21st century global competencies, while traditional textbook labs seem to have no benefit. But fear not: we don't need to toss out those classic recipe labs completely. Come explore how small tweaks can turn them from cookbook to true inquiry. Bring your favourite labs to play around with.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea McPhee

Andrea McPhee

Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Andrea teaches physics and math at Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto. Using PER, she has been transforming her classrooms into student-centred and inquiry-driven so the learning sticks. As a TDSB Digital Lead Learner, she thinks technology can be a valuable tool to enhance student learning... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Aurora

9:00am

Let Them Question! Harnessing the Power of Curiosity for Learning In Your Classroom
What does science learning look like when the students take charge of learning through question-asking? This minds-on session will focus on how students have successfully built knowledge with curiosity-driven questions and ideas related to their curriculum - with minimal teacher guidance. Results of the learning will be shared and how to create this environment in your classroom presented.

Speakers
GW

Glenn Wagner

Wellington Heights Secondary School


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Toronto A

9:00am

Creating a Culture of Real-Time Feedback
Students are hungry for feedback and the balance between giving enough feedback without drowning in marking has led me to some new strategies with great results. This session will show you examples of how to give effective feedback quickly and easily in your classroom, how to get your students to document it so you don't have to, and how going gradeless in senior science unlocks better learning.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley McCarl Palmer

Ashley McCarl Palmer

teacher, Waterloo Collegiate Institute
I graduated from university with a degree in engineering and a minor in wine making! I have been teaching physics and the biomedical sciences courses for almost 10 years and I am a life-long learner who is happy to try new things in the classroom. Currently I am playing around with... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Ottawa

9:00am

Inquiry - Based Learning in Senior Chemistry with Minor Tweaks in Your Lesson
Thinking about major changes in your lesson plan to create an inquiry-based learning classroom? Thinking about all these board initiatives and want to implement them? It could be a big project. With some small changes, you will be able to make your class filled with critical thinking and fun! *If you have attended the same session in 2016 & 2018, there are some new materials added to this session

Speakers
avatar for Bluky Ng

Bluky Ng

Chemistry Teacher, Peel District School Board


Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Montreal B

9:00am

STAO's Demo Collection for Biology Grades 11-12
This workshop will present a collection of short activities/demos for grades  11 – 12 that are structured to work within the "Three Part Lesson Plan." Teaching Tips for further variation are also included. Engage students at every level! If you have attended this session in previous years you can look forward to updates and new demos this year.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
New York

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Exploration
Exhibitors are an important component of the Conference and the Exhibits Hall is a practical adjunct to the professional learning and science exploration sessions being offered at the conference. Exhibitors provide delegates with the various types of products, services and information available to them. The Conference provides exhibitors the opportunity to engage with teachers and other exhibitors, to begin building a lasting relationship or strengthen an existing one.  

Thursday March 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Hall A/B/C

10:00am

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Thursday March 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday March 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Thursday March 26, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

11:00am

Fun with Science
Do you know how to fly! Hooks, discrepant events, and cognitive dissidents provide an interest point for students to make science attractive, fulfilling and most of all, fun. I will provide many demos that will keep you thinking and re-live the excitement of science. Bring your phones, cameras, and note pads.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Peel

11:00am

The Student Centered Classroom with ExploreLearning Gizmos
This workshop will discuss the use of ExploreLearning Gizmos to create inclusive student centered classrooms and differentiated instruction, while creating personalized learning experiences. Through a combination of instruction techniques and the use of engaging curriculum aligned Gizmos, teachers will come away with a rich understanding of student centered learning through technology.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Montreal A

11:00am

Two-Eyed Seeing – Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science
STAO has developed curriculum resources on how Indigenous Knowledge can be incorporated into the Science curriculum at all levels.  The resource provides a brief background on the impacts of colonialism and how it has impacted Indigenous Peoples and their Ways Of Knowing in the hopes of helping educators become aware of how best to move forward to improve education outcomes for all.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
London

11:00am

Using Literacy Strategies to Build Capacity in French Immersion Science Classrooms
In a second language context, engaging students in science represents added layers of complexity due to the language barriers. This presentation will address these challenges and propose interactive and engaging strategies to teach science through literacy and inquiry. Researchers will also share French Immersion science units developed during the course of an extensive research project.

Speakers
avatar for Yovita Gwekrerere

Yovita Gwekrerere

Laurentian University
Dr. Yovita Gwekwerere teaches Primary Junior and Junior Intermediate Science and Technology courses at Laurentian University. She is passionate about teaching Science and is dedicated to preparing future teachers who have an understanding of Science and its application to society... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hamilton

11:00am

Create an Artificial Intelligence Centre in your Classroom
University of Guelph’s Creative Encounters will demonstrate how to easily setup a self-guided AI Centre with free, ready-to-use CanCode resources. Any teacher, even those who struggle with technology, can create an AI Centre with minimal resources—some activities do not even require a computer. Expose your students—especially those who are tech savvy—to the cutting edge of innovation.

Speakers
ZW

Zach Wynen

Director, Creative Encounters
GC

Gillian Conley

Director, Creative Encounters


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ottawa

11:00am

Bringing the opportunity gap: Supporting Equity and Meaningful Inclusion in STEM
STEM-based education and learning is growing in importance on an international scale. However, there are demographics of young people, who face complex barriers and are disproportionately left out of meaningful engagement opportunities. The classroom can represent a unique opportunity for youth to be inspired and engaged. How can we create spaces where youth can see themselves and dismantle the barriers that exclude them? Learn about strategies related to empowering student voice to find out how!

Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Duodu

Eugenia Duodu

Eugenia Duodu is the CEO of Visions of Science Network for Learning (www.vosnl.org), a charitable organization that engages youth from low-income communities in programs and opportunities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Eugenia Duodu is an award-winning... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mississauga A/B/C

11:00am

Game based biodiversity by Science North
Game and team-based activities will have you up and moving with this Science North workshop, while exploring life systems. Just as systems in the environment, you will need to work together during this exciting workshop. Fun, easy to replicate activities will have you energized for the upcoming school year.

Speakers
LP

Larissa Puls

Science North


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Montreal B

11:00am

Play For All: Play Based Learning Beyond The Kindergarten Years
This session will focus on how to use the Science Curriculum from Gr 1-8 to create provocations for learning to spark play and Inquiry with students. Educators will see examples/evidence in classes from 1-8. The session will then shift from play/Inquiry, to assessment, showcasing ped. doc. and “sustained shared thinking” to capture student thinking & challenge/push them further in their inquiries.

Speakers
MM

Michael Mohammed

Toronto District School Board


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Halton

11:00am

Empowering Students' Mental Health with Mindful Mondays
The goal of the "Mindful Monday" project was to improve students' mental health and help them build new knowledge and tools to become more resilient and empathetic. Studies have indicated that academic performance correlates to students' perceived mental health. Attendees will receive the lessons from Semester 1 and discuss ideas for implementing this in their own classes.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Toronto A

11:00am

How to Promote Critical Thinking through Socratic Circles
Socratic circles are a student-led discussion based on Socrates’ method of student inquiry rather than teacher lecture. This strategy promotes student voice, critical thinking, higher level questioning, and academic vocabulary. Although the teacher is seemingly offstage, Socratic Circles are an engaging strategy that are especially effective at addressing the first expectation in each unit.


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Toronto B

11:00am

Incorporating High School Students' Voices Using Lab Work
This session explains how the “emergent curriculum” can empower high school Biology/Science students’ voices using lab work. It offers practical examples on how teachers can facilitate an inquiry-based investigative approach. This is based on a comparison between the practical work of the "International Baccalaureate" Program & the Scientific Investigation Skills strand of the Ontario curriculum.

Speakers
ME

Mohammed Estaiteyeh

PhD Candidate, University of Western Ontario


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Paris

11:00am

Automata in the classroom
Automata are moving mechanisms that have delighted children and adults alike for centuries. They be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. Participants will construct a model cube with wood and calculate the most efficient way of utilizing limited materials. They will then build components to create vertical and rotational movement, using their creativity to make their own automata.

Speakers
avatar for Marion Shanks

Marion Shanks

Cosburn Middle School
SB

Sachi Banerjee

RJ Lang Elementary & Middle School


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
Aurora

11:00am

Grade 9 Electricity
This workshop is designed for teachers inexperienced with the concepts of electricity. It provides suggested demonstrations, new ideas for lab activities, and handy resources for learning more.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 1:30pm
New York

11:00am

Enseigner l'astronomie
Vous cherchez des ressources pour enseigner l’astronomie en français? Nous sommes là pour vous aider! Nous vous donnerons de l’information de base, démontrerons quelques activités et vous fournirons des ressources. Ce sera aussi le temps de poser toutes les questions que vous voulez par rapport à l’espace! Apportez un appareil mobile si vous voulez essayer un programme planétarium gratuit.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bolduc-Duval

Julie Bolduc-Duval

Discover the Universe
Julie Bolduc-Duval is the director of the astronomy training program Discover the Universe. Through online workshops and resource development, she helps teachers and informal educators from across Canada and in both official languages.


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:00am - 1:30pm
Windsor

11:45am

Exploring STEM & Inquiry - The Egg Marine Challenge with National Inventor's Hall of Fame
Engage in interactive and hands-on activities that will inspire you and your students to discover what it is to be an inventor. Participants will learn how a curious spirit leads to experimentation, problem solving and, ultimately, building innovative prototypes! Create your own Egg Marine though problem solving and STEM as you explore buoyancy through iteration and design.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy

STEM & Science Facilitator, Durham District School Board
STEM and Science Enthusiast - Chemistry teacher, passionate Science & Literacy promoter! Signer, wife and mother.
avatar for Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones

Vice President, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. (Canada)


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Teaching Global Competencies with Makey Makey kits
This Playground Session will introduce how to use Makey Makey kits to enhance subject content and teach global competencies. Participants will learn how to connect Makey Makey kits to the computer and learn ways to use the Makey Makey kits in the classroom. Visit this Playground Session to have fun creating human and paper circuits with the Makey Makey kits or to delve into deeper learning activities such as interactive posters, word walls, and seismographs.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Technology and Science in the Elementary Classroom
In this workshop learn how the SCDSB trains and certifies teachers to use hand and power tools within the elementary Tech Ed program. Participants will see first-hand the training and certification process that elementary teacher will be involved in and how the teachers certify their students. Example of student work and how schools incorporate this into the school will be shown and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Johnston

Phil Johnston

Owner/Trainer, Tomorrow's Treasures
An aspiring Systems Thinker who tries to apply it to all aspects of life from my teaching, safety training and running a successful contracting business in cottage country. Ask me about applying it to teaching ScienceTech, traditional Tech subjects and about the deck or reno you... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Food Sensory Perception
This workshop mirrors an in-class workshop formatted for students to learn about food science and sensory perception. Through interactive activities (and food sampling!) you will learn how the five senses influence your experience with food. This workshop will also highlight various free resources for science teachers from the Ontario Agricultural College Student Liaison Program.


Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Thursday March 26, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

12:30pm

Science Denial Prevention
What is the Nature of Science and how do we teach it? This workshop presents current research and engages participants in hands-on learning to provide a concrete basis for abstract concepts. Effective teaching about how science works might inoculate students towards science denial.

Speakers
AP

Anthony Persaud

Teacher, PDSB


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Halton

12:30pm

Air & Water by Science North
This inquiry-based Science North workshop will explore air and water. These key concepts appear in many different grade levels including Grade 2, grade 3, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7 and grade 8. Station based activities that are easy to implement in the classroom will have your students asking questions, collaborating with one another and learning key concepts in the matter and energy strand.

Speakers
SC

Sarah Chisnell

Senior Scientist - Education | Scientifique principale - Éducation, Science North | Science Nord


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Montreal B

12:30pm

Devenir un inventeur grâce à la nouvelle trousse LEGO Spike Prime!
Depuis janvier, LEGO Éducation a mis sur le marché sa nouvelle trousse de robotique : LEGO Spike Prime. Cette trousse de robotique se situe entre la trousse LEGO WeDO 2.0 et la trousse LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Elle vise donc les élèves de la 5e à la 9e année. Bien qu’elle permette de construire un robot de type « rover » pour les compétitions, l’accent est mis sur la robotique dans une perspective STIAM. Grâce aux capteurs et aux actionneurs, l’élève est amené à utiliser le processus de résolution de problèmes technologiques pour concevoir des appareils répondant à des besoins réels. Que ce soit la définition du besoin, les remue-méninges d’idées, le prototypage ou la mise à l’essai, l’élève arrivera par itération à concevoir des inventions qui font partie de l’Internet des objets (IoT). Venez découvrir la trousse dans un atelier interactif dans lequel vous manipulerez les nouvelles pièces LEGO.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant en éducation soutenant l’innovation pédagogique au Canada et à l’étranger. Il intègre les compétences globales dans la salle de classe en offrant du perfectionnement professionnel et des accompagnements d’un océan à l’autre pour préparer... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ottawa

12:30pm

Pandora's Journey: Into the Deep
You will be introduced to Pandora's current journey "Into the Deep". Last year, we learned what happens when structures are not stable. This year, participants will be directed to a series of inquiry-based and project-based activities involving water issues and ecosystem health. Participants will be given a copy of resources used when including Pandora in any intermediate science program.

Speakers
avatar for Florence Ho

Florence Ho

STEM and MAKER Educator, District School Board of Niagara
Florence’s focus for her nineteen years of teaching science has been “How to Grow an Independent Student, a Creative Learner, and a Problem Solver.” Florence has transformed her intermediate program and classroom at Crossroads Public School in the Niagara region by combining... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Paris

12:30pm

Perimeter Institute: Process of Science
Come explore the Process of Science, and two other classroom resources developed by educators in collaboration with Perimeter Institute researchers to introduce students to the creative and powerful process of science. Engage in activities that will encourage students to think and act like scientists. Participants will complete three separate activities around patterns and models.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mississauga A

12:30pm

Can I STEM? Yes You Can!
Come be part of the Innovation for STEM! You will get to experience one of our challenges we have done and see how our program is integrated including the subject areas of; Science, Math, Geography, and Tech Design. You will learn how this new and exciting I-STEM program runs, what students have to say about it, and resources you can take back to your classroom to implement immediately!

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell

Program Leader - Mathematics and Computer Studies, Dr Frank J. Hayden Secondary School
I am a Mathematics teacher at Dr Frank J. Hayden Secondary School in Burlington Ontario, CanadaI care about Student Voice, Textbook Free Teaching, 21st Century Learning and Global Competencies as well as how we teach Innovation and Creativity.I dream about making school different.Once... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Peel

12:30pm

The Scale of the Universe
Scale models are useful for developing skills in STEM. In this case, the model also helps students to appreciate scales of size and distance in the universe. The session includes a series of simple student activities, using everyday materials, starting with the earth-moon, and extending to galaxies and the most distant universe. It includes a take-home "solar system in your pocket".

Speakers
JP

John Percy

Professor Emeritus: Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Science Education, University of Toronto
Supporting the astronomy/space curriculum.


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Toronto B

12:30pm

Growing a Gender-Inclusive Biology Curriculum
Odds are that you teach a queer or trans student, whether you know it or not. How do LGBTQ identities fit into the theory of evolution? How can we affirm our transgender students when we​ teach about X/Y chromosomes and reproduction? We will present a framework for gender-inclusive curriculum. Participants will work in small groups to adapt sample lessons. We will share classroom-ready resources.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Long

Sam Long

Jeffco Public Schools
I'm a trans man and a high school biology teacher in Denver, CO. Talk to me about my experience as a trans educator, advocating for trans students and staff, and developing gender-inclusive in biology curriculum. I am Toronto-grown and educated, and excited to bring my unique work... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Toronto A

12:30pm

Honouring the Learner: Choice and Voice in the Science Classroom
Teaching in a 21st century classroom lends itself to allowing students choice in how and what they learn and how they present their understanding of curriculum. We will share our journey with changing our teaching, from delivery to assessment, and the possible pitfalls along the way. Classroom ready resources will be shared during the session, with some hands on activities available as well.

Speakers
JC

Jennifer Currie

Nicholson Catholic College
MW

Meaghan Woodland

Nicholson Catholic College


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hamilton

12:30pm

Inviting Innovation Into Your School
Over the last two years, St. Mary's has hosted 'Innovation Week' where students signed up for classroom workshops and attended presentations delivered by community leaders in fields like drone research, computer programming, or aerospace engineering. The focus of Innovation Week is changing, from exposing students to these careers, to helping them form meaningful connection with community leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Bryson

Steve Bryson

St. Mary's HS - Waterloo Catholic District School Board


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
London

12:30pm

Problem-Based Learning (PBL): A Collaborative Project between the University of Toronto Mississauga and Secondary Schools
Teachers will be invited to join the project which involves developing PBL materials for use in chemistry and environmental science classes and assisting teachers in their implementation. The purpose of the project is to help teachers get started in using the PBL pedagogy, to share classroom-ready resources, and to better prepare secondary school students for the expectations of university.


Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Montreal A

12:30pm

STAO's Demo Collection for Chemistry Grades 11-12
This workshop will present a collection of short activities/demos for grades 11 – 12 that are structured to work within the "Three Part Lesson Plan." Teaching Tips for further variation are also included. Engage students at every level! If you have attended this session in previous years you can look forward to updates and new demos this year.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mississauga B/C

1:15pm

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority
Speakers
avatar for Dana Eldon

Dana Eldon

Outreach Coordinator, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Dana spends her time visiting schools across the Lake Simcoe watershed to help students connect with nature through outdoor and environmental education programs. Dana has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Zoology and is and Ontario certified teacher. She has been in the education... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Space Invaders - Markham Community Robotics
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Spaceship Earth - how robotic astral videography can reveal planetary motion.
Filmmaker/instructor James Buffin vividly shows how experimentation with robotic camera technology used to film the night sky led to his appreciation that we are all space travellers. Attending this session will leave you inspired with ways to illustrate how, from a terrestrial perspective, the earth moves through space over time. Lots of time planned in this session for a gear demo and Q/A.

Speakers
avatar for James Buffin

James Buffin

Filmmaker/Instructor, Youth Filmmakers' Academy
James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 30 years experience in drama and documentary production, filming around the globe. In addition to working in highly technical areas such as robotic camera motion control, he also has thousands of hours experience working with communities requiring... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Jumping from Books to Centres
A variety of science and technology based centres (e.g. Makedo, unplugged coding, Ozobots) linked to a variety of books, focusing on the primary years but adaptable to higher grades, will be featured. Centres facilitate intentional play that encourages deep and rich learning that is student-driven.

Speakers
SB

Sachi Banerjee

RJ Lang Elementary & Middle School
avatar for Marion Shanks

Marion Shanks

Cosburn Middle School


Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

The Vertical Thinking Classroom for Biology
The traditional format of classes where the teacher teaches at the front and kids seat listening, is not ideal for developing critical thinkers and inquiry. Peter Liljedahl ‘s Vertical or Thinking Classroom for Math is ideal. Converting this method to Biology has proven challenging, but I have been using it for three years, with great results. Come and see how this original classroom works.

Speakers
avatar for Debora Yurman

Debora Yurman

TEACHER, YRDSB
I am a Senior Biology and Advanced Placement Teacher. I have developed my practice with an emphasis in Inquiry and lately I have been working with the Vertical Classroom method.


Thursday March 26, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

2:00pm

Google Mystery Hangout
Create an interactive opportunity for you and your students to not only share but to work collaboratively on different tasks using a video conference interface. Through this fun and interactive platform, we will be providing a hands-on experience for attendees to participate in a guessing type of activity through a virtual portal.

Speakers
MF

Michael Frankfort

York Region District School Board


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Peel

2:00pm

Exploring Virtual Reality using Cospaces
During this workshop there will be a guided activity that will explore how to use the virtual reality building software, called Cospaces. Cospaces integrates block coding to make the 3D environment interactive, this offers a unique and intuitive way to gain digital literacy skills. Cospaces is perfect for designing games, presentations and physics simulations.


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Toronto B

2:00pm

Town of Tomorrow: Our Innovate and Create project
Do you want your students to solve real-world local problems? In this yearly project, students will work in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, to solve plastic reduction in local businesses. Students will audit current plastic use, research alternatives, then return to the business with proposals to help them reduce plastics, or replace plastics with a biodegradable alternative.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
London

2:00pm

How to Unlock the Amazingness of the Periodic Table
Learn how to unlock the amazingness of the Periodic Table in a Thinking Classroom setting. You will learn first hand how we have been using the Thinking Classroom approach in grade 9 Science class to enable student discovery of the periodic table and Bohr-Rutherford diagrams (and many other lessons). If you need a fresh approach to this topic, come and check this session out!


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Montreal B

2:00pm

Il faut s'évader!
Avez-vous déjà participé à un jeu d'évasion? Cet atelier vous présente différents jeux d'évasion à faire dans vos cours de sciences (SNC1P, SNC1D, SNC2P et SNC2D) avec vos élèves. Vous aurez aussi la possibilité de mettre vos connaissances et vos aptitudes en pratique lorsque vous vivrez un jeu d'évasion vous même. Les différents jeux seront partagés avec les participants de l'atelier.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Windsor

2:00pm

Coding with Micro:Bits by Science North
Science North’s coding workshop will introduce teachers to the Micro:bit coding tool. Using hands-on learning, thought-provoking challenges and activities specifically catered to the grade 4-6 science curriculum, teachers will gain the confidence to use coding and technology as an effective learning tool for their classroom.

Speakers
BR

Brendan Roy

Science North


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Toronto A

2:00pm

Biology labs do not have to stink.
Five solid biology labs will be presented. From dichotomous keys to E.coli testing, these will be practical and hands-on. The latest on radon and alpha particle induced cancers will be shared.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Aurora

2:00pm

Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy in a Science Classroom
CRRP manifests in various ways in the Science curriculum. In this workshop, I will share lesson plans, exemplars of student’s work, guided conversations, community involvement, and possible entrepreneur options for students to consider. All of these activities have shown to promote student’s self-confidence and engagement in the science classrooms.

Speakers
ZZ

Zainab Zafar

Teacher, TDSB


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Halton

2:00pm

How UGDSB uses Brightspace to track student safety awareness training
Attend this session to hear how Upper Grand uses Brightspace tools to support science educators in tracking and monitoring safety awareness training. This session will include a hands on portion where educators are able to login to Brightspace and try the safety awareness course for themselves.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
New York

2:00pm

Intégration des pratiques scientifiques et de la pensée critique dans l'enseignement des Sciences
Stratégies d'enseignement des sciences au secondaire, Stratégies d'application de la pensée critique et de la résolution des problèmes.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Isabel Da Silva

Ana Isabel Da Silva

Conseillère pédagogique, Conseil scolaire Viamonde


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ottawa

2:00pm

Tech Tools for the Secondary Classroom
This workshop will show you specific ways to use technology in your secondary classroom to improve student learning and assessment practices.  Please bring a device to this workshop as there will be a chance to try all the tech tools.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Wodlinger

Laura Wodlinger

Professional Learning Team Chair of STAO2020. Past STAO Secondary Curriculum Committee Chair. Assistant Head of Science in the YRDSB. Home experimenter. Citizen Scientist. Amateur tap dancer. Nerd.


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mississauga A

2:00pm

Using expectation based assessment tools to empower student metacognition and facilitate increased student success.
Understand how we use expectation based assessment tools to support differentiated learning & assessments. Use our tool to communicate understanding in a clear, concise way to students and parents. Learn how to create your own expectation based assessment tool, including links for video tutorials and walk away with your own tool that can be used next week in your classroom!


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Montreal A

2:00pm

Perimeter Institute: Fields are Real
Are you looking for hands-on STEM activities for your high school physics students? Participants will explore using fields to provide propulsion and compete to see who can cause the greatest acceleration. This session is based on the Fields resource recently published.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz

Perimeter Institute
I am excited about helping students be successful learners. As teacher-in-residence at the Perimeter Institute I get to work with teachers which helps students. Scientific thinking is needed now more than ever as humans face increasingly complex systems and challenges.


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Paris

2:00pm

STAO's Demo Collection for Physics Grades 11-12
This workshop will present a collection of short activities/demos for grades 11 – 12 that are structured to work within the "Three Part Lesson Plan." Teaching Tips for further variation are also included. Engage students at every level! If you have attended this session in previous years you can look forward to updates and new demos this year.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mississauga B/C

2:00pm

Answering, the Why? Teaching and learning for a sustainable future
Incorporating the Global Goals in science lessons can instill a global mindset, present topics in authentic contexts, and inform students about issues that are locally and globally relevant. Teachers will explore the theory of practice for project-based learning, examine the Global Goals and discover how to transform learning by integrating the 17 Global Goals into their classroom practice.

Speakers
avatar for Janice Williams

Janice Williams

Founder, Principal Consultant, Pinnacle Educational Services
Janice is a twice certified teacher (ON and QC) and holds a bachelor degree in elementary and secondary science education from McGill university and a masters degree in educational leadership from Western University. She is a Global Goals Ambassador and a Climate Action Project... Read More →
MR

Mahfuza Rahman

Hybrid Teacher Digital Lead Learner, Assistant Curriculum Leader, West Humber CI - TDSB


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Hamilton

2:45pm

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

Space Invaders - Markham Community Robotics
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

Sphero & Ozobots
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

SNOLAB Science Demonstration
SNOLAB will offer hands-on demonstrations of topics in physics and astronomy. From the standard model to supernovae explosions, the SNOLAB outreach team will be on hand to share fun, easy science demos related to particle astrophysics. Each demo will have a descriptive handout for educators.


Thursday March 26, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Thursday March 26, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

3:30pm

Building a Nation of Innovators: Why Intellectual Property Literacy is Critical to STEM Education & Inspiring Future Inventors
Participate in an interactive session about intellectual property (IP) and a discussion on introducing IP concepts in the classroom. Learn how IP literacy is an essential component of many STEM-related careers and why, at National Inventors Hall of Fame (Canada), the focus is on IP awareness for students at every grade level.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones

Vice President, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. (Canada)


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Toronto A

3:30pm

Using the Engineering Design Process to Enhance STEM Lessons
The Engineering Design Process is your tool for showcasing the STEM elements of your lessons. Learn how easy it is to increase student learning outcomes across the sciences. Participants will take a guided tour of EDP, explore vetted resources, and receive a carefully-designed, ready-to-use lesson plan guide. Session format will be interactive and will support networking.


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Montreal B

3:30pm

Student Engagement Using Social Media
Social Media plays a large role in our society these days, from #fakenews to #challenges. In this workshop, participants will examine the connections that can be made from social media topics, viral videos and things that are hashtable.

Speakers
MF

Michael Frankfort

York Region District School Board


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Peel

3:30pm

The Learning Experience
Sharing how I have incorporated PBL, POGIL, experiential education and the conversation to assess individual student learning while enforcing collaborative group learning.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Montreal A

3:30pm

« La biodiversité par le jeu » par Science Nord
Cet atelier de Science Nord implique les participants de manière active dans leur découverte des systèmes vitaux, avec des activités alliant le jeu et l’esprit d’équipe. Tout comme les systèmes dans l’environnement, vous devrez travailler ensemble durant cet atelier passionnant. Avec ces activités amusantes, et faciles à reproduire, vous ferez le plein d’énergie pour l’année scolaire à venir.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Leduc

Tina Leduc

Staff Scientist - Education | Scientifique - Éducation, Science North | Science Nord


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Windsor

3:30pm

Climate Science - Deepening Student Perspectives
Harness students’ desire for climate justice by teaching climate change the science centre way! We uncover the connections between our own lifestyles, global systems and possible solutions, taking a long-term view of our planet. We share five interactive lessons that enhance students’ critical thinking skills, make the issue relevant to their lives and empower them to make a difference.

Speakers
MF

Martin Fischer

Science Educator, Ontario Science Centre


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mississauga A

3:30pm

STAO's Demo Collection for Grades 9-10
A collection of short activities/demos appropriate for Grades 9 and 10 Academic and Applied Science. The resource on STAO’s website assists teachers in safely addressing some of the curriculum expectations in the 4 content areas/strands. If you have attended this session in previous years you can look forward to updates and new demos this year.


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mississauga B/C

3:30pm

Mapping Other Worlds via Remote Sensing
Remote sensing refers to the use of satellites to gather information on distant planetary bodies. In this activity, students will use remote sensing techniques to develop an elevation map of an unknown surface feature hidden inside a shoebox. This is comparable to how satellites map surfaces of planets that have thick atmospheres, such as Venus.


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Toronto B

3:30pm

A Guide on 5Ws & 1H (Who, What, When, Where, Why & How) to Run Experiments in a Science Classroom
As science teachers, running experiments are our nature. Did you consider what labs to do? When to do them? How to run them smoothly and safely? Are you getting the most out of it? How do you handle those chemicals? How do you make it fun? In this session, all tips and experiences will be shared on labs can be run in a high school science classroom by a 9 year experience chemistry teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Bluky Ng

Bluky Ng

Chemistry Teacher, Peel District School Board


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Halton

3:30pm

Au delà des notes
Comment promouvoir l’amour des sciences plutôt que la quête des résultats scolaires? Quelles stratégies d’évaluation favorisent un apprentissage en profondeur? Comment intégrer la triangulation dans un cours de sciences? Lors de cet atelier, je tenterai d’apporter certaines réponses et présenterai des stratégies afin de développer une culture d’apprentissage et aller au delà des notes.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Cyr

Daniel Cyr

Enseignant/Conseiller pédagogique, École secondaire publique De La Salle, CEPEO


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ottawa

3:30pm

Creating Critical Thinkers through Assessment
Are we providing opportunities for critical thinking? Can our students identify problems, create plans of action, and evaluate findings through testing, observing, or manipulating variables? Meaningful assessments give students confidence to take risks and develop problem solving skills. This workshop offers strategies and examples on how assessments can create life-long learning. Resources shared

Speakers
JM

Jennifer Moreira

Project Innovation


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
New York

3:30pm

How (and why) to support new teachers with a school based support program
We will explore some statistics from the OCT and personal stories to understand why we should be supporting new teachers. I will explain the program for new teachers that I developed at my school and the successes and lessons learned along the way. Ideas will be applicable to large and small schools and can be implemented by teachers at any point in their career.

Speakers

Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
London

3:30pm

Embedding Equity in SBI3U
Explicitly addressing issues of equity in our science classrooms is daunting. We will present 4 activities we have done in our Grade 11 biology classes that address issues of equity while still addressing curriculum expectations.


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Aurora

3:30pm

Perimeter Institute: What's New in Physics?
Are you looking for ways to connect your students with current physics research? Join us as we describe some of the recent developments and explore ways to bring the latest results into your classroom. This year we will look at the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2019 including cosmology and exoplanets, the image of the black hole by the Event Horizon Telescope, gravitational waves, and more.

Speakers
DP

Damian Pope

Senior Manager, Perimeter Institute


Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Paris
 
Friday, March 27
 

8:30am

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Friday March 27, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

8:30am

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Friday March 27, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

8:30am

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday March 27, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

8:30am

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Friday March 27, 2020 8:30am - 9:15am
International Foyer

9:00am

Can you teach Systems Thinking
We use the word "systems" a lot in SciTech, but I doubt we really think about it specifically. Is it something we can teach or do we just hope that some students can intuit it? In this session we will explore how the concept of a system and the systems-thinking paradigm can apply to learning theory (and our teaching) to make our students’ learning richer, deeper and maybe just a bit more fun.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Johnston

Phil Johnston

Owner/Trainer, Tomorrow's Treasures
An aspiring Systems Thinker who tries to apply it to all aspects of life from my teaching, safety training and running a successful contracting business in cottage country. Ask me about applying it to teaching ScienceTech, traditional Tech subjects and about the deck or reno you... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Toronto B

9:00am

Perimeter Institute: Moving from Intuition to Intention in Teaching
Are you looking to expand your teaching skill set? Join us as we explore Perimeter’s upcoming classroom resource on effective teaching strategies. It’s designed for science teachers from pre-service to experienced veterans of all grades. Participants will engage with a variety of activities using a universal teaching & learning framework.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz

Perimeter Institute
I am excited about helping students be successful learners. As teacher-in-residence at the Perimeter Institute I get to work with teachers which helps students. Scientific thinking is needed now more than ever as humans face increasingly complex systems and challenges.


Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Paris

9:00am

STEM, Creativity, and Innovation—Proven Pathway to a Well-Rounded Education
Session participants will experience hands-on activities inspired by National Inventor Hall of Fame Inductees. Infused with the spirit of innovation, this workshop empowers participants to have big ideas while engaging in STEM based challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, collaborate, and build invention prototypes.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones

Vice President, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. (Canada)


Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Montreal B

9:00am

Tech Tools for the Elementary Classroom
This workshop will show you specific ways to use technology in your elementary classroom to improve student learning and assessment practices.  Please bring a device to this workshop as there will be a chance to try all the tech tools.

Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
London

9:00am

« L’air et l’eau » par Science Nord
Cet atelier de Science Nord, basé sur l’investigation, explore les concepts de l’air et de l’eau. Ces concepts clés sont prévus au curriculum de différents niveaux scolaires, notamment en 2e, 3e, 5e, 6e, 7e et 8e années. Les activités, organisées en stations, inciteront vos élèves à poser des questions, collaborer les uns avec les autres et apprendre des concepts clés du volet Matière et énergie.

Speakers
SC

Sarah Chisnell

Senior Scientist - Education | Scientifique principale - Éducation, Science North | Science Nord


Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Windsor

9:00am

STEM Kids Rock - A Hands-on Approach to Learning
Join Keeley Aird as she shares her STEM journey, her contagious love of learning, her own education challenges, and how including everyone in STEM changes the narrative. Keeley will share STEM Kids Rock’s hands-on learning model that helps kids of all abilities fall in love with science outside of the classroom, providing the fortitude to pursue STEM in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Keeley Aird

Keeley Aird

Keeley Aird is the co-founder of STEM Kids Rock, a not-for-profit that empowers youth of all ages and abilities to engage their peers in STEM. She’s an accomplished science communicator, workshop facilitator, and mentor. Keeley is a 2019 TD Scholar, graduate of the Ontario Science... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Mississauga A/B/C

9:00am

In Grade 7 We Share Everything! Finding success with defined student roles in lab-groupings when introducing engineering design process: an example from Form and Function.
Participate in a design-and-build exercise using the engineering design process with your labmates. Experience a lab where the one kid doesn’t take over and do all the fun stuff. We all have a role to play and each one is important.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Aurora

9:00am

Moving Beyond Environmental Stewardship: Tackling Sustainability through perspective work in the primary years
Environmental stewardship is a big part of science programs. Embedding perspective in your program allows children to think beyond the basics of caring for the earth. Learn ways to make topics more relevant so students can think more deeply about sustainability work. Learn how to transform topics using inquiry strategies that allow students to be part of the decision making process.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Donovan

Stephanie Donovan

Grade 1/2 Teacher, TDSB-Allenby P.S.
I have been teaching with the TDSB since 2002. I have spent much of the last 10 years teaching Grades 1-3 and trying to bring complex topics to young kids. I believe the curriculum provides a supportive groundwork for children to learn to read, write, and work with numbers. However... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Montreal A

9:00am

How to start Environment SHSM at your school
Learners will learn about the Environment SHSM, what's involved and what I have done with my my students in my first year. I will share some of the challenges & benefits

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
York

9:00am

5 fun physics activities: confirmation to open inquiry
For the beginning physics teacher: come to this workshop to work through 5 physics activities to span the senior physics curriculum. After working through the activities, we will discuss how they can be framed to emphasize different skills with your students.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Halton

9:00am

STAO's Demo Collection for Biology Grades 11-12
This workshop will present a collection of short activities/demos for grades  11 – 12 that are structured to work within the "Three Part Lesson Plan." Teaching Tips for further variation are also included. Engage students at every level! If you have attended this session in previous years you can look forward to updates and new demos this year.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
New York

9:00am

The Two Golden Rules of Quantum Mechanics
Quantum mechanics is a complex theory, but it's key rules can be simplified to the superposition and measurement principles. We'll discuss and demonstrate these rules with an easy-to-replicate activity using light polarization. We'll also show how these principles can be harnessed in a modern cutting-edge technology: quantum cryptography.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Ottawa

9:00am

Top 10 “Musts” for new Chemistry teachers
Teaching chemistry can be overwhelming. New teachers can feel even more overwhelmed by mastering content and balancing this with lab safety, lab preparation and developing quality assignment tasks. We will cover 10 topics that every new chemistry teacher should be aware of and cover during their time teaching theses courses.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Peel

10:00am

Building a Climate-Friendly Makerspace
Learning to be a maker can be an antidote to consumerism, but it can also generate a lot of waste. This session will illustrate many ways--some small, some radical--in which we teach innovation skills alongside sustainability and inclusion in our CERES (coding, engineering, robotics, electronics, and science) Lab.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Exploration
Exhibitors are an important component of the Conference and the Exhibits Hall is a practical adjunct to the professional learning and science exploration sessions being offered at the conference. Exhibitors provide delegates with the various types of products, services and information available to them. The Conference provides exhibitors the opportunity to engage with teachers and other exhibitors, to begin building a lasting relationship or strengthen an existing one.  

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Hall A/B/C

10:00am

Guess which planet!
Planetary science and exploration is an exciting topic within STEM. This session will focus on resources and tools available to introduce Planetary science topics into your classrooms. Younger grade levels will have more tactical style content available, middle to senior grades will include more critical thinking aspects. Resources will be available with teacher guides and accompanying worksheets.

Speakers
avatar for Bhairavi Shankar

Bhairavi Shankar

CEO, Education Consultant, Indus Space
I am a Planetary Scientist and founder of Indus Space Inc. Through my company, I actively focus on promoting STEM learning through space science. In facilitating events and resource sharing through curriculum development, I work with school aged students (Gr. 1-12), educators, and... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Add another M: incorporating Media Literacy into STEAM explorations
Busy educators need concrete examples of how to improve their lessons and unit plans. This session will assist participants with cross-curricular integration and relates to multiple conference strands: STEM/STEAM, Empowering Student Voice, Connecting/Collaborating, Teaching Strategies, and Inquiry/Problem Solving.. This would be a good opportunity for STAO and AML members to meet and collaborate.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Maliszewski

Diana Maliszewski

Teacher-Librarian, Agnes Macphail P.S.
Diana Maliszewski is the teacher-librarian at Agnes Macphail P.S. She is the editor of The Teaching Librarian, the official magazine of the Ontario School Library Association. Diana’s writing credits also include articles in The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Nature's Way - Reusing Biosolids for a Sustainable Environment
What happens to water and solids after it goes down the drain and the toilet? The treated solid by-product from wastewater (“biosolids”) should be seen as resources that are to be recycled and reused. The purpose of this class room ready program is to provide the lessons we believe today’s students need to know so they can have a positive impact on how they interact with their water environment.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Beat the Curriculum Crunch: A Theme-Based Approach to Teaching Grade 9 Applied Science
If you have ever felt the struggle to "get through everything" in your science classes then this session is going to be of interest to you. A thematic approach to teaching in your science classroom enables you to create a learning space where you can leverage the curiosity of your students, motivate the less-than-motivated and meet curriculum expectations.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Sparking Cross-Curricular Curiosity using Scholastic Magazines
Do you want to save time, engage students in grades 6 -10 and cover curriculum in both science and math using real world contexts? If so, this session is for you! Participants will learn about and explore how Scholastic ScienceWorld and Math magazines can be used to introduce, reinforce and consolidate concepts. Each participant will leave with sample issues to use in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Alison MacPherson

Alison MacPherson

Middlefield Collegiate Institute, YRDSB
I love trying new things in my classrooms and staying up to date with trends in education. I am currently passionate about sketchtnoting with my students, building thinking classrooms (using Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces), and more sound assessment practices such as increasing the... Read More →
avatar for Ada Tsui

Ada Tsui

Middlefield Collegiate Institute, YRDSB


Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Engineering Challenges in Earth science junior classes
Explore a number of different engineer challenges connected to the Earth science curriculum, including erosion prevention, head frame building, water filtration and conveyor belt making. Participants will have the opportunity to build and create one of these challenges, while discussing with other teachers implementation strategies.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Rocks 'N Our World
A hands-on exploration of trade-offs required to build our cities while protecting our environment. Investigate the geology of our natural resources: the glacial moraine and billion year old bedrock. Use a "rock box" to test the hardness of the different types of rock. Investigate how we rehabilitate the sites we use to extract these natural resources. A curriculum-based resource is provided.


Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

STEAM - Adding the Arts to your STEM Programming
Students will explore a science topic, and then create an 2-dimensional art piece that not only relates to that topic, but is capable of taking the viewer into areas of research and student inquiry through the use of basic technology (iPad or SmartPhone).

Speakers
LD

Lisa Diessel

St. Jean de Brebeuf, SMCDSB


Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Mastering Physics with Skills-Based Assessments
Using a skill-based framework in physics education and informal conversation assessments, we created a holistic model that captures students’ learning and tracks their progress over time. Our goal is to provide targeted feedback, develop resilience through a growth mindset, and construct trends to determine what is most recent and most consistent through assessment data collected over time.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

10:00am

Portfolios and Poster Presentations: Powerful Pedagogical Principles
I will present two assessment projects: portfolios, where students compile a collection of evidence of their learning throughout a unit in a number of different ways, and poster presentations, which I asked my Grade 12s to complete at the end of a fully student-designed and -analyzed experimental project. I will discuss implementation and lessons learned from this endeavour.

Speakers
MB

Marc Baron

The York School


Friday March 27, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
International Foyer

11:00am

Teaching for Understanding: Fostering Academic Success For All Ages, with STEM and Interactive Simulations
In this workshop, we will examine how educators can use Gizmos, powerful online simulations, and Science4Us, a new early years STEM program, to promote authentic inquiry and STEM learning, through differentiated experiences. With these tools, students of all abilities and learning styles can manipulate variables, engage in “what-if” experimentation and develop crucial skills for their futures.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Toronto B

11:00am

Trailguide for Anxious to A+ students - Mapping the Geography of Your Classroom
Teaching is rewarding. It can also be complicated, difficult and frustrating -> listening to your students, watching as some struggle with the material even when you know they are bright, intelligent and so worthy of more. Now, you can guide your students along the trail from anxiety to A’s, simply by re-configuring your classroom. A few simple tweaks is all you need.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Paris

11:00am

STEMming the Leaky Pipeline
A gender gap in participation in STEM starts to appear in secondary school as girls take fewer of the more advanced STEM courses the closer they get to college or university. The numbers are even more dismal for racialized girls and young women, despite recent efforts to recruit and encourage them to enter STEM fields. Teachers play a significant role in influencing or dispelling stereotypes in STEM education. In this talk, Dr. Hughes will offer some insights into the barriers, challenges and possible solutions based on current research.

Speakers
avatar for Janette Hughes

Janette Hughes

Dr. Janette Hughes, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy, is investigating uses of emerging digital media and interactive tools that disrupt traditional curricular and teaching/learning assumptions and practices, which explicitly includes computational fluency over an... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mississauga A/B/C

11:00am

How Zombies Changed My Classroom!
Join the 500+ teachers that have discovered how zombies and a host of other design challenges have transformed their classroom. Offering a cross-curricular approach to teaching - these activities cover math, language, science, art and social studies. Even better, the resources are FREE!


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Peel

11:00am

Mining and Environment - exploring impact prevention and mitigation
In this session, Educators will explore interactions between the natural environment and mining. Through a series of hands on learning activities, participants will investigate impacts on land and water and methods used in their prevention and mitigation and how the activities connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This session is directed toward Science and Social Studies Teachers.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Toronto A

11:00am

Using Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices To Drive Project Based Learning
This session will walk participants through an inquiry of a group of teachers from Chalkfarm PS. As the coach, I led the Jr. team through separate inquiries focussed on using PBL to promote engagement and build cultural relevance into the curriculum. These 5 classrooms stories showcase the power of PBL and outline the benefits of this pedagogy for historically marginalized & underserved students.

Speakers
MM

Michael Mohammed

Toronto District School Board


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hamilton

11:00am

Seeds of Learning.
This presentation will look at ways to inspire inquiry-based learning into various primary curriculum expectations. It will explore how to tackle problem-solving activities with birdseed and makerspaces to make connections into areas of the Science and Math curriculum. It will also include computer apps to help bring together the learning in a visually effective way.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Winnick

Nathan Winnick

Teacher., TDSB.Crestview P.S.
I have been teaching in the primary division for the TDSB for over 20 years. I have a lot of experience with incorporating inquiry-based learning into my classroom setting. I have created various approaches that motivate my students to become inquiry-based learners. These students... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Aurora

11:00am

Are We Missing the Mark with Climate Change Education?
We will explore the ground-breaking study from 2017, “The climate mitigation gap”, which found that high school Canadian Science textbooks looking at climate change spent less than 5% of their focus on the 4 biggest personal actions to reduce our carbon emissions: eat a plant-based diet, reduce air travel, give up your car, and choose to have a smaller family. Teacher resources will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Farley

Mike Farley

Teacher (Geography), Univerity of Toronto Schools
Mike Farley has been teaching middle and high school Geography and Social Studies for 19 years in the Toronto District School Board and currently at University of Toronto Schools. In 2014, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) presented Mike Farley with the 'Innovation in... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Halton

11:00am

Making it relevant: using case studies in the classroom
Using Case Studies to bring STSE to the fore of a unit, provides a real world context to support the positive development of students' critical thinking and collaborative skills. In this session, teachers will use resources and current socioscientific issues to design case studies they can use in their science classroom.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
London

11:00am

Using Citizen Science to Bring the Textbook to Life
Go deep into field biology and identification with EcoSpark’s interactive citizen science workshop! Transform your students into citizen scientists by engaging them in environmental monitoring activities on school grounds, local green spaces or nearby streams! Learn how student’s local environments can be used to teach curriculum concepts, bringing the textbook to life in their own communities.

Speakers
avatar for Holli Campbell

Holli Campbell

Environmental Education Coordinator, Ecospark
I am the education coordinator for EcoSpark's Changing Currents program that connects students to their local watershed through a hands-on water quality investigation. Students are transformed into citizen scientists as the use benthic macro-invertebrate bio-monitoring, chemical and... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Montreal A

11:00am

Metals, Models, and Art
This session models accessible ways for students to explore the link between bonding, structural properties, the use of models, and reactions in metals, with resources for each activity. A bubble model and a specially designed crystal modelling program reveal the links between structure and properties of metals. Finally, participants will create their own anodized metal art in a STEAM activity.


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Montreal B

11:00am

Student-Designed Inquiry in Chemistry and Science
Empower students to think like a scientist through a student-designed inquiry project. Students choose, design and conduct their own inquiry lab, applying science investigation skills, and connecting to strand(s) in their Chemistry or Science class. We'll share how we've implemented this in or classrooms, including scaffolding to build skills, checkpoints and coordinating multiple labs at once.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Vander Meij

Julie Vander Meij

Mentor to Co-Chair Professional Learning, STAO
I'm currently on secondment to Ontario Science Center from TDSB, teaching in the STEAM Residency program for Grade 5-8 and the Science School for Grade 12. I love exploring ways to implement problem-based learning and student-driven inquiry in science, as well as ways that technology... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ottawa

11:00am

Grade 10 Optics: How the Eye Works & Plane Mirrors
A Survival Guide for those unfamiliar with the physics concepts involved in teaching Optics. Topics include how the eye, brain and light are involved in “seeing things” and introduction to the basics of ray diagrams with plane mirrors.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 11:00am - 1:30pm
New York

11:45am

AR/VR in EDU
Venez découvrir la magie de la réalité virtuelle. Dans cette session carrée de sable, vous pourrez découvrir un système de réalité virtuelle haut de gamme (Occulus Rift S) et explorer la Terre via Google Earth VR, faire une promenade dans l'espace, créer une peinture 3D lumineuse et bien plus encore. Découvrez ce que la réalité virtuelle peut faire et comment elle peut transformer l'éducation.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Engaging Youth with Hands-on Science and Technology!
Come test out and play with adaptable activities, investigations and action projects tied the themes of Climate Change and Space Exploration. We have free resources and new ideas for hands-on engagement and digital literacy in the modern classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Kaiser

Nicole Kaiser

Regional Coordinator, Let's Talk Science Outreach (Ontario), Let's Talk Science


Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Exploring STEM & Inquiry - The Egg Marine Challenge with National Inventor's Hall of Fame
Engage in interactive and hands-on activities that will inspire you and your students to discover what it is to be an inventor. Participants will learn how a curious spirit leads to experimentation, problem solving and, ultimately, building innovative prototypes! Create your own Egg Marine though problem solving and STEM as you explore buoyancy through iteration and design.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy

STEM & Science Facilitator, Durham District School Board
STEM and Science Enthusiast - Chemistry teacher, passionate Science & Literacy promoter! Signer, wife and mother.
avatar for Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones

Vice President, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. (Canada)


Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Living Space (Micro:bits)
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Process Engineering in the Classroom
In this session, we will show teachers how to augment their chemistry lessons with STEM discussions of scale up and process engineering. Participants will walk through an activity of engineering design and create process flow diagrams.

Speakers
DW

D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika

Founder, BrainSTEM Alliance


Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

11:45am

"PHUN" Physics
Teaching physics is made simple through hands-on activity based, Inquiry based and problem solving based lessons. Every lesson is with a hands-on activity-students brain-storm their ideas, perform the activity, collect the data and analyze the data and connect with the concept [theory]. We have lots of classroom resources that can be shared to other teachers.

Speakers
LM

Lakshmi Mocherla

Richmond Green Secondary School


Friday March 27, 2020 11:45am - 12:30pm
International Foyer

12:30pm

Global Goals to Local Solutions - Incorporating the UNSDG's into the science curriculum
Teachers will be introduced to the UN Global Sustainable Development goals and get an understanding of their importance to exposing our students to them and empowering our students.

Speakers
MR

Mahfuza Rahman

Hybrid Teacher Digital Lead Learner, Assistant Curriculum Leader, West Humber CI - TDSB


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ottawa

12:30pm

Tweet Up!: Social Media Is Some of the Best PD I've Ever Had
Nobody blogs or uses Twitter anymore, right? Well, except for educators! Once the conference is over, social media can be your new PD provider. Come learn how to use Twitter to build your professional learning network, strategies for keeping track of all that cool stuff, and maybe why you should start a blog.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea McPhee

Andrea McPhee

Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Andrea teaches physics and math at Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto. Using PER, she has been transforming her classrooms into student-centred and inquiry-driven so the learning sticks. As a TDSB Digital Lead Learner, she thinks technology can be a valuable tool to enhance student learning... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Montreal A

12:30pm

Look - See - Observe: Stepping stones for science education
In this session teachers will explore the practice of scientific observation, uncover the connection between observing and describing, and investigate the complexities of the natural world by applying slow looking principles

Speakers
avatar for Beth Halfkenny

Beth Halfkenny

Outreach Coordinator, Carleton University, Department of Earth Sciences
I am a geoscience educational outreach specialist providing informal geoscience education opportunities for youth, teachers and the public. I work at Carleton University as Curator and Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Earth Sciences. I am responsible for design and delivery... Read More →
avatar for Janice Williams

Janice Williams

Founder, Principal Consultant, Pinnacle Educational Services
Janice is a twice certified teacher (ON and QC) and holds a bachelor degree in elementary and secondary science education from McGill university and a masters degree in educational leadership from Western University. She is a Global Goals Ambassador and a Climate Action Project... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Aurora

12:30pm

Nature Connection in the Science Classroom
I will focus on the need for frequent outdoor learning for all students. I will show how any science strand can include an outdoor component. I will address how this fosters resilience and emotional growth, and how this is an important step to take when cultivating environmental stewardship so students grow to make decisions and engage in acts that are environmentally-positive.


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Montreal B

12:30pm

Indigenous STEM
Indigenous Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (InSTEM) connects Indigenous traditional knowledge and ways of knowing with westernized understanding of STEM. Honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, Ontario science educators can lead the way in providing culturally relevant Indigenous programming in our Ontario classrooms. This session will provide some specific examples of how non-Indigenous educators can respectfully work with Indigenous educators and community members to build and deliver innovative InSTEM lessons to all learners

Speakers
avatar for Paula Reynolds-Hall

Paula Reynolds-Hall

Before joining OTHS as vice-principal in fall 2018, Paula was a VP at Gloucester High School (2015-2018). At Gloucester she helped to implement and teach the District’s first for-credit Indigenous STEM program and was the school’s Indigenous program coordinator and Lodge Keeper... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mississauga A/B/C

12:30pm

Developing Student Questioning Skills to Improve Achievement
When students have skills to ask effective questions a new level of learning is possible. Questions are the basis of learning; thinking and understanding are driven by questions not answers. Questions are the basis of inquiry which aids academic success. We will explore strategies and processes from CurioCity that help students generate meaningful questions to promote learning and understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Craig White

Craig White

Education Specialist, Professional Learning, Let's Talk Science
Teaching strategies, brain compatible teaching, STEM and Careers, STSE.


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Peel

12:30pm

Perimeter Institute: Evidence for Climate Change
Anthropogenic climate change is one of the most important issues facing our students. Join us as we explore the basic science behind climate change using hands-on activities that explore the causes and consequences of climate change. The Evidence for Climate Change resource is the product of collaboration between classroom teachers and Perimeter Institute researchers.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Paris

12:30pm

Adoptez l'approche STIAM à l'élémentaire
Venez explorer comment apporter l’approche STIAM dans vos classes à l’élémentaire. Dans cet atelier participative, les participants vivront une partie du processus de design pour résoudre une problématique. Nous réfléchirons à comment élaborer des situations signifiantes et engageantes interdisciplinaires qui intègrent et appliquent des connaissances en mathématiques, sciences et technologie.

Speakers
JC

Julie Campeau

Consultant, CEPEO


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hamilton

12:30pm

Mission to Mars: Interdisciplinary Inquiry Driven Co-constructed Learning in Grade 9 Science
Discover a framework for the student driven inquiry model that was used to facilitate Grade 9 Mission to Mars! Learn how to promote student questioning to guide learning of course concepts as they collaboratively plan how to establish a self sustaining Colony on Mars. Examine & discuss this interdisciplinary approach and take away strategies to facilitate student driven inquiry in your classroom.


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Toronto A

12:30pm

Mission vers Mars
En 2049, plusieurs régions de la Terre sont inhabitables menaçant la survie de l’humanité. Dans ce contexte, ta tâche est d’établir un plan afin d’établir une colonie durable sur Mars. Voilà le scénario qui servit de trame de fond au cours de sciences 9e année appliqué. Je vous invite à vous joindre à moi pour ce voyage et découvrir comment promouvoir l’investigation et la résolution de problèmes.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Cyr

Daniel Cyr

Enseignant/Conseiller pédagogique, École secondaire publique De La Salle, CEPEO


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Windsor

12:30pm

Understanding Gravity
Why do astronauts "float"? What are black holes and what would happen if we fell into one? Why are there tides? To answer these questions, we need to understand gravity, but despite living its effects on a daily basis, it remains a mystery for many. In this workshop, we will talk about many misconceptions related to gravity and its extreme cases.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bolduc-Duval

Julie Bolduc-Duval

Discover the Universe
Julie Bolduc-Duval is the director of the astronomy training program Discover the Universe. Through online workshops and resource development, she helps teachers and informal educators from across Canada and in both official languages.


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Toronto B

12:30pm

Using a Quad Text Framework to Build Strong Science Literate Learners
In this session, participants will understand the importance of, and how to create, a quad text framework in order to promote strong literacy and critical thinking skills amongst their students. This is a hands-on session and participants will leave with ready to use strategies for their Grades 7-12 Science classrooms.

Speakers
NK

Neha Kapileshwarker

Program Coordinator of Science, TDSB


Friday March 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
London

1:15pm

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Storybook STEM
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Using Lenovo VR to Enrich Student Learning
In this hands-on session, you can learn how to take your students on virtual field trips to places as varied as inside a cell or to the surface of the moon. Join us as we share our experience of piloting a classroom cart of Lenovo VR headsets at our school. Student learning was dramatically enriched as we led our classes on expeditions through the human body, into the cell, and beyond!

Speakers
MW

Meaghan Woodland

Nicholson Catholic College
JC

Jennifer Currie

Nicholson Catholic College


Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Gamification Without Electronics: Board and Card Games for Senior Biology
Explore game-based activities for senior biology! Through the card game Brain Go!, students learn the anatomy and functions of brain structures. The strategy board game Homeostases helps students make connections between organ systems and their regulation.

Speakers
avatar for Natalia Arbuzova

Natalia Arbuzova

occasional teacher, YRDSB
I had spent most of my life in a biology lab doing a fundamental research until big changes entered my life. Having a child not only made me discover the world of cute and naughty little people but also introduced me to the realm of misconceptions and myths surrounding parenting... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

1:15pm

Three fun activities for environmental science
Whenever possible, print-it-yourself electronic files will be provided; however, some games require purchase to cover manufacturing costs.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Gervais

Dave Gervais

LDSB, STAO
Science Teacher (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) for 30 yearsWorking towards CRSP Safety Certification (graduating 2019)Recognizes the need for many practical hands-on activities.Current Chair STAO Safety Committee, contact info@stao.comSend us safety questions RE: flammable cabinets... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
International Foyer

2:00pm

Two-Eyed Seeing – Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science
STAO has developed curriculum resources on how Indigenous Knowledge can be incorporated into the Science curriculum at all levels.  The resource provides a brief background on the impacts of colonialism and how it has impacted Indigenous Peoples and their Ways Of Knowing in the hopes of helping educators become aware of how best to move forward to improve education outcomes for all

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mississauga A

2:00pm

Technology as Touch Paper: Using videoconferencing to ignite species at risk learning across Canada
In Ontario there are more than 230 at-risk plants and animals. Rachel and Karin will introduce you to the Monarch Nation program that engages and educates children ages 6-12 about species at risk, and empowers them to take action on behalf of Canadian wildlife. You’ll be inspired by resources and ways to participate in programs throughout Ontario. Are you ready to be a class of citizen scientists!

Speakers
avatar for Karin Davidson-Taylor

Karin Davidson-Taylor

Education Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens
At Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Ontario, Karin is responsible for designing, developing, promoting and delivering interactive K-12 curriculum linked school programs (English and French) as well as adult programs to a variety of venues via videoconference (H.323 and software-based... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Montreal A

2:00pm

L’approche par problèmes en enseignement des sciences au primaire
Cet atelier, animé par l’auteur, porte sur une nouvelle édition de l’ouvrage Résoudre des problèmes scientifiques et technologiques au préscolaire et au primaire, qui est une banque de plus de 360 problèmes qui peuvent être résolus avec du matériel de manipulation simple et peu coûteux. Après avoir expliqué en quoi consiste une véritable activité de résolution de problèmes, l’animateur présentera plusieurs exemples de problèmes portant sur l’univers matériel, la Terre et l’Espace et l’univers vivant.

Speakers
avatar for Marcel Thouin

Marcel Thouin

M. Marcel THOUIN, PhD, est professeur titulaire de didactique des sciences à la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université de Montréal. Il est l’auteur de plusieurs livres, notamment Enseigner les sciences et les technologies au préscolaire et au primaire et Tester... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ottawa

2:00pm

Établir la capacité pour les enquêtes en STIAM / Building capacity for STEAM inquiries
Préparez vos élèves pour des tâches d’enquête ouvertes à travers des activités qui développent les compétences pour le STIAM et qui sont liées aux curriculums interdisciplinaires. Venez-les essayer ! Nous allons démontrer comment les élèves pourraient utiliser ces compétences pour aborder les Objectifs de Développement Durable de l’ONU et développer leur capacité à résoudre les problèmes.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Vander Meij

Julie Vander Meij

Mentor to Co-Chair Professional Learning, STAO
I'm currently on secondment to Ontario Science Center from TDSB, teaching in the STEAM Residency program for Grade 5-8 and the Science School for Grade 12. I love exploring ways to implement problem-based learning and student-driven inquiry in science, as well as ways that technology... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Peel

2:00pm

Incorporating A More Diverse and Authentic Assessment Strategy into STEM Based Classrooms
Have you ever felt that there was a disconnect between your STEM activities and your assessment strategies? This session will help you to incorporate a more diverse assessment strategy into your program in order to do a better job at tapping into all the knowledge and skills your students have.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Racioppo

Rick Racioppo

Science and Technology Curriculum Lead, Rotherglen School


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Aurora

2:00pm

STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology
Discover innovative ways to teach intermediate students about human-environmental interactions, while also building STEM skills through problem solving, mathematical modeling, interactive technology and more! Receive electronic lessons plans matched to provincial standards.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Montreal B

2:00pm

Role Playing Current and Voltage
Research indicates students leave school with a poor conceptual understanding of current and voltage. This workshop will preview simple concrete activities to build a robust conceptual base. In particular, the explanative power of role-playing concepts of static-to-current electricity and voltage will be interactively demonstrated. The session is geared to gr 9 science and gr 11 physics courses.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Paris

2:00pm

Media-Savvy Scientists: Why “How & To Whom” is Just as Vital as What We Share
This session supports educators in adopting a media literacy lens when planning, delivering, and assessing science/STEAM learning. Not only will educators learn how to integrate media cross-curricularly, covering more curriculum expectations than just science, they will also explore how both analysis and creation of media texts in a science and STEAM context will engage all types of learners.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Maliszewski

Diana Maliszewski

Teacher-Librarian, Agnes Macphail P.S.
Diana Maliszewski is the teacher-librarian at Agnes Macphail P.S. She is the editor of The Teaching Librarian, the official magazine of the Ontario School Library Association. Diana’s writing credits also include articles in The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton

2:00pm

Tech Tools for the Secondary Classroom
This workshop will show you specific ways to use technology in your secondary classroom to improve student learning and assessment practices.  Please bring a device to this workshop as there will be a chance to try all the tech tools


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
London

2:00pm

TikTok Goes the Social Media Clock: Effective Science Communication in a Saturated News Culture
Use critical thinking to examine real-life examples of video and social media campaigns to determine what makes an engaging science communication campaign. Walk away with activities to empower student-voiced projects that have clear messaging and are relevant in today's environmentally aware culture.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Toronto A

2:00pm

Experiential Evidence for Evolution
Biological evolution is a difficult concept to learn. It involves complex biological mechanisms and time periods far beyond human experience. Luckily, there is a broad base of evidence for evolution that we can use to increase student understanding. This workshop will highlight hands-on activities in the areas of paleontology, comparative anatomy, comparative embryology, and molecular biology that allow for the reflection and synthesis of this evidence to support the theory of evolution.


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Windsor

2:00pm

STAO's Demo Collection for Chemistry Grades 11-12
This workshop will present a collection of short activities/demos for grades 11 – 12 that are structured to work within the "Three Part Lesson Plan." Teaching Tips for further variation are also included. Engage students at every level! If you have attended this session in previous years you can look forward to updates and new demos this year.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mississauga B/C

2:00pm

Coding a Future Teaching Model to Empower Digital Lead Learners of 21st Century
This workshop will provide audience an opportunity to explore ways to use integrated STEM bases fun coding activities in their classrooms with or without computers. Audience will take away ready to use coding resources and activity links and website links to explore and cross-curricular coding connections for enhanced teaching and learning practices.

Speakers
avatar for Bushra Shahid

Bushra Shahid

Teacher, Peel District School Board
Bushra is an enthusiastic, passionate, open-minded 21st-century teacher, and Google Certified Educator currently working at Peel District School Board. She uses educational technology tools to adapt, modify and accommodate instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Toronto B

2:00pm

Coding with Purpose: Developing Critical Thinkers in Grades 7-9
Provide your students with an introduction to computational thinking concepts through exploratory, hands-on activities that develop real-world, problem-solving skills; gain access to the classroom-ready activities and supporting resources explored.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Cowan

Elizabeth Cowan

Let's Talk Science
Professional Learning Associate with Let's Talk Science | Teacher | MSc Environmental Sciences | Lifelong Learner


Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Halton

2:00pm

Grade 9 Electricity
This workshop is designed for teachers inexperienced with the concepts of electricity. It provides suggested demonstrations, new ideas for lab activities, and handy resources for learning more.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 4:30pm
New York

2:45pm

Green Screen
Interactive and hands-on activities will be demonstrated

Friday March 27, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

STAO Safety
Come learn about safety practices and the management of science facilities

Friday March 27, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

Elementary Curriculum
Please come and visit the ECC at the Playground this year as we have an assortment of great hands-on activities that you can use right away in your classrooms. Members of the ECC will be present to assist you and engage you in some great science curriculum discussions. We will have some resources available in French as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday March 27, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

2:45pm

Secondary Curriculum
Interactive and hands-on secondary level activities will be demonstrated.

Friday March 27, 2020 2:45pm - 3:30pm
International Foyer

3:30pm

Agriculture: The Not-So "New" Science
With the population projected to reach close to 10 billion people by 2050, a growing responsibility is being put on youth to solve the current and increasing food crisis. With this ever-growing burden, how will teachers tackle this issue with their students? AgScape will answer this question by providing an overview of how innovation in science and technology is mitigating food insecurity in Canada.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
London

3:30pm

Bringing STEM alive in elementary school classrooms
Learn about the Engineering Outreach Specialist program and how it supports school-based teacher learning and the shift in culture and mindset that supports STEM programming. We'll share lessons that were co-designed with K-8 classroom teachers and gain hands-on experience with teachers leading the conversation to gain insight into how STEM education can be integrated into your everyday teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Tsui-Woods

Michelle Tsui-Woods

Ontario Tech University Engineering Outreach
avatar for Vanessa Ironside

Vanessa Ironside

Engineering Outreach Coordinator, Ontario Tech University Engineering Outreach


Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Toronto A

3:30pm

Building capacity for STEAM inquiries
Prepare your students for open-ended STEAM inquiries through curriculum-linked skill builders - come try them out! We'll demonstrate how students might use these skills to tackle UN Global Goals and develop technological problem-solving skills.

Speakers
avatar for Zoe Fitzgerald

Zoe Fitzgerald

Ontario Science Centre
Zoe has been working with teachers and students at the Ontario Science Centre for over a decade. In 2017, she led the development of a PD video series on play-based learning, produced in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education. Currently, Zoe is co-leading the STEAM Residency... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Peel

3:30pm

Introduction à l'arduino
Introduction à tinkercad et à arduino en lien avec l'unité d'électricité en 9e année. Par la suite, nous allons introduire la programmation en lien avec les cours de physique seniors.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ottawa

3:30pm

STEM Careers and Virtual Reality in the Science Classroom
Through a combination of hands-on and discussion, participants will learn about CurioCity’s free careers resource. They will identify resources and opportunities that fit their classroom and explore our new 360 virtual reality STEM careers environment that allows students to “step into” potential STEM careers.

Speakers
avatar for Craig White

Craig White

Education Specialist, Professional Learning, Let's Talk Science
Teaching strategies, brain compatible teaching, STEM and Careers, STSE.


Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mississauga A

3:30pm

New Models of Pedagogy
There are many models of pedagogy developed recently. Most are cutting edge evidence-based engagement pedagogies. Although there are quite a few, I will show you how to implement the pedagogies that are the most useful, easily implemented, and show immediate results. These are able to be applied to most disciplines in university, college, secondary, and elementary.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Windsor

3:30pm

Problem Based Labs
Students learn the principles of investigation skills through problem based projects. I have been running these projects in my grade 12 biology for the past five years and I would like to share the projects and the results of this approach.

Speakers
avatar for Debora Yurman

Debora Yurman

TEACHER, YRDSB
I am a Senior Biology and Advanced Placement Teacher. I have developed my practice with an emphasis in Inquiry and lately I have been working with the Vertical Classroom method.


Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Aurora

3:30pm

Science in Catholic Schools
This session will explore the relationship between science and Catholicism; particularly exploring the Church's positions on a variety of topics including GMO's, vaccinations, the Big Bang theory, evolution, and the environment.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Montreal A

3:30pm

Engaging senior chemistry students through games
This presentation includes an escape room based on the history of atomic structure, from plum-pudding model to quantum energy, and a card game based on the VSEPR theory, linking 3D shapes to molecules and dipole moments. Participants solve puzzles, make connections, and practice 3D drawing, while interacting with their peers in a non-linear learning environment. Copies of resources are provided.

Speakers

Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hamilton

3:30pm

Perimeter Institute: Time Dilation & Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle
How can you better engage students by exposing them to modern topics in physics? This hands−on session will explore a variety of ways that you can inject contemporary topics into your physics classes. Based on a new classroom resource, it will cover topics such as time dilation (special relativity) and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (quantum physics and wave phenomena).

Speakers
avatar for Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz

Perimeter Institute
I am excited about helping students be successful learners. As teacher-in-residence at the Perimeter Institute I get to work with teachers which helps students. Scientific thinking is needed now more than ever as humans face increasingly complex systems and challenges.
DP

Damian Pope

Senior Manager, Perimeter Institute


Friday March 27, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Paris
 


Twitter Feed