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 […]

Boats that float!

Boats that float!

During the last week of math camp, we challenged our Mathletes to use the construction and math skills that they had been practicing to individually and economically build a boat that would float. The parameters of the challenge were simple: Goal: Using the materials from the list below, design and construct the least expensive boat possible that will float […]

Building bridges through collaboration

Building bridges through collaboration

To kick off the second week at Summer Numeracy Camp, we again wanted to challenge our Mathletes with a team-building exercise that required collaboration and communication: building bridges! We began with a simple question: “What does good collaboration look, sound and feel like?” This question generated a great discussion about the skills and attitudes necessary to work […]

Measurement with catapults

Measurement with catapults

As a team building exercise to finish the first week at Summer Math Camp, our Mathletes created simple catapults designed to launch cotton balls. The full description for the catapult design and construction can be found at this Kids Activities blog post. Each student created their own catapult from the following materials: 7 craft sticks 3 elastics Egg […]

Marshmallow challenge

Marshmallow challenge

On the first day of summer numeracy camp, we decided to have the kids try the “Marshmallow Challenge,” as described by Tom Wujec on his website and during the TED Talk featured below. The students were provided with a paper bag kit containing all the materials, and they were instructed to build the tallest freestanding structure […]

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 […]

Misconception check

Misconception check

To use this strategy, the teacher gives a common misconception about a topic, and students explain why they agree or disagree with it. According to constructivism, students interpret new learning through the lens of previously developed beliefs and ideas about the world. These preconceived ideas could be misinterpretations of generally accepted explanations for a phenomenon, which […]

Makerspaces

Makerspaces

As part of the ‘Maker Movement,’ Makerspaces (or hackerspaces) are physical spaces where students can come together to share, create, invent, network, build and learn. These community environments provide tools that could range from hardware supplies to a 3D printer. While they are often associated with fields such as engineering and computer science, this collaborative […]

Sketch it out

Sketch it out

Visual learning has many benefits, especially in the classroom. Sketching and drawing in particular can be used to develop students’ skills in observation, literacy, and creativity. By sketching, students not only learn how to represent and visually communicate their ideas, they also draw on background knowledge to meaningfully connect their ideas to the real world. […]