Dare to Explore: I Met an Astronaut!

Dare to Explore: I Met an Astronaut!

Words cannot express how excited I am to be sharing this picture! Recently, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a launch event at the University of Ottawa as part of my new role with Let’s Talk Science. At this event, Let’s Talk Science and the Canadian Space Agency brought together some very lucky […]

Learning in Full Circle: Why I’m working with Let’s Talk Science

Learning in Full Circle: Why I’m working with Let’s Talk Science

If you told me five years ago that I would be working for Let’s Talk Science helping educators to enhance their students’ digital literacy skills through coding and computational thinking, I would have been shocked! In 2013, I started my Masters degree in Biogeochemistry with no programming experience, not realizing how much I would depend […]

Ottawa Forest & Nature School

Ottawa Forest & Nature School

For my final three-week placement in the Teacher Education program, I had the opportunity to work with the teachers and students at Forest and Nature School in Ottawa’s Greenbelt. This program is offered through the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada, which supports educators in developing play-based learning in nature as part of their practice, […]

Scientists in school

Scientists in school

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a visit from Scientists in School (SiS), which is a Canadian science education charity that brings science workshops to K-8 students. As the grade sixes are working on their biodiversity unit, their workshop focused on the science of classifying organisms. The facilitator briefly reviewed the process of classifying organisms before allowing the students […]

Science saturdays

Science saturdays

Founded in 1993, Let’s talk science is a Canadian charitable organization that strives to prepare learners to thrive and lead by increasing science literacy through their support of learning and skill development.  The Faculty of Education at uOttawa partners with Let’s talk science to offer workshops linked to curriculum expectations for preservice teachers (Science Saturdays). As I have been […]

The truth about bogs

The truth about bogs

As my master’s thesis focused on an examination of methane emissions at an ombrotrophic bog here in Ottawa (Mer Bleue), I am all too familiar with some of the common misconceptions surrounding the notion of bogs. When you hear the word “bog,” most people envision a foul-smelling, flooded area that would be a great setting […]

A (class) walk in the woods

A (class) walk in the woods

There is always something to be taught and learned by taking your class for a walk, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Your science teaching could be supported by taking your class for a walk as students can be more alert and less stressed, while the teacher has eliminated the walls of the classroom and opened the […]

Through the looking glass

Through the looking glass

Picture caption– Through the looking glass: “An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.” (Max Planck) My view of science is captured in this image, which reflects the notion that science at its core is an activity motivated by the human instinct to question […]

Visual science

Visual science

This comic grabbed my attention because it uses humor to illustrate the various stakeholders involved in making decisions related to climate change policy (e.g. scientists, policy makers, politicians, economists, etc.). It also demonstrates the pitfalls of waiting for consensus among these stakeholders and emphasizes that time is of the essence when it comes to environmental change […]