The Year of Science

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Looking for interesting classroom resources, workshop ideas, and field trip suggestions? This section is brimming with helpful information directed at educators, including science related web links, curriculum support materials, podcasts, and fun experiments and activities designed to get kids and teachers excited about science.

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Bamfield Marine Science Centre

Classroom Materials

Engaging Science

LearnNow BC

Let's Talk Science

Professional Development

Virtual Researcher On Call

Youth Science Canada

Bamfield Marine Science Centre

Are you a young scientist looking to get immersed in marine science? The Bamfield Marine Science Centre is a great place to start! The centre is recognized worldwide for its research and it offers award winning educational programs for students of all ages. If you can’t get your classroom to Bamfield, the centre will come to you virtually on the Internet. Their 60 minute Live Lab sessions, that can be given in both English and French, let you dive into subjects such as kelp forest ecology. Don’t forget your rubber boots!

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Classroom Materials

Physics Teaching for the 21st Century is an on-line resource for teachers interested in teaching physics concepts in a real world context. Teachers can access articles, take-home experiments, lecture notes, multiple choice questions, problem sets and exam questions, data sheets, and videos.

Parks Canada’s Teacher Resource Centre has classroom-ready educational resources that will enhance your students' learning experiences about Canada's national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.

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Engaging Science

Are you a BC teacher looking to bring fresh ideas into your science classroom? Engaging Science is a professional enrichment program designed to be used with the B.C. science curriculum along with the new Integrated Resource Package.

This package delivers a variety of activities including teacher training workshops and classroom learning materials such as activity playbooks, kits, videos and electronic media. Workshops will be presented by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Click here for more information about Engaging Science.

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LearnNow BC


LearnNowBC is a single point of entry for K-12 students, parents and educators to a wide variety of information about online learning in British Columbia.

In addition to a broad range of videos, online activities, audio clips, documents, photographs and illustrations, the website has a science section devoted to young learners and is also home to a huge library of science related videos and learning objects for older students, parents and teachers.

Check out this cool video demonstration of Chain Reactions!

Click here for more information about LearnNowBC.

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Let's Talk Science

Let's Talk Science

It’s always cool when a fun, interactive presentation is delivered at school. It’s even more thrilling when the presentation offers fascinating, hands-on activities designed to get kids excited about science! Let’s Talk Science is an award-winning national organization that delivers science education programs intended to excite, inspire and engage people in the areas of science, engineering and technology.

Whether you are an educator, a parent with young kids, a high school student, or a university science major looking to volunteer with a science program, Let’s Talk Science has something for everyone. Let’s Talk Science initiatives include science outreach activities, such as amazing in-the-classroom presentations, science at home and home learning activities, early learning resources — called Wings of Discovery — and online resources, including a cool, interactive teen website, www.curiocity.ca

In addition to programs for kids, Let’s Talk Science also provides university and college students, educators and professionals with outreach training opportunities that allow them to participate in science outreach with youth. This training is delivered by a skilled facilitator through the organization’s Science with Impact workshops.

Click here for more information about Let’s Talk Science.

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Professional Development

The UBC Physics and Astronomy Outreach Program offers professional development workshops 1-2 times a year. These workshops are designed for both physics teachers and other types of science teachers. UPCOMING WORKSHOP - October 22, 2010 - Topic TBA.

UBC’s Faculty of Science Website is an excellent source of information for teachers looking for information on professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, or new degree programs.

The Centre of the Universe at the National Research Council’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics near Victoria offers professional development opportunities for elementary, middle and secondary school teachers. Astronomy educators and space enthusiasts spend the day with teachers exploring astronomy and how it fits in to the Ministry of Education's Learning Outcomes, as well as fun, effective ways to present it in the classroom. Teachers receive resources including lesson plans, cross-curriculum tie-ins, information sheets and activities for students.

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Virtual Researcher On Call

Who wouldn’t want a scientist in the classroom? Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) connects researchers to students across Canada through video-conferencing. Teachers, this program will bring to your classroom science that is outside of the textbook and it is now available in B.C.

Log onto bc.vroc.ca to register your school and book a session or contact Kristen Verdon.

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Youth Science Canada

If you love conducting scientific research and getting up close and personal with the world around you, then Youth Science Canada (YSC) is great resource. For nearly 50 years, Youth Science Canada has been helping young scientists to hone their scientific and technological skills and knowledge by encouraging them to get their hands dirty with project-based science.

YSC has tons of helpful information about science, technology, engineering and mathematics events and activities taking place across the country. These range from public lectures to science summer camps and include everything from written contests and competitive events, such as science fairs, to non-competitive programs.

This national non-profit organization is determined to ensure Canada is a country where teachers are excited about teaching science, where parents are thrilled to be "science parents," and where kids can't wait to play science make believe. A dedicated network of over 8000 volunteers, including educators, scientists and parents, have been working hard within one of the largest volunteer networks of its kind to capture the imaginations of the next generation of researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs by broadening their access to science.

Best known for its showcase event, the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, which attracts the best young scientists from across the country, Youth Science Canada is also renowned for excellence in international competition at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Click here for more information about Youth Science Canada.

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