Building STEAM: Professional Development for K–12 Educators

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Science World is committed to supporting science and technology education throughout British Columbia. In recent consultations with BC teachers we identified a need for more in-service teacher support, especially to support the new curriculum. Science World’s professional development workshops embrace an approach to teaching and learning that reflects the new curriculum’s focus on place-based, inquiry learning.

Vancouver ScratchED Meetup 

Date: November 16, 2019
Time: 10:00am 
Location: Science World at TELUS World of Science
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Evening Teacher's Series

Science World is pleased to continue this workshop series for K to 9 teachers to learn and connect with others in the teaching community around a topic. These FREE 2 hour workshops will be held after-school between November and May, and pre-registration is required. We are also pleased to offer a number of these sessions en français!

Participants do not have to register for all sessions, but we will be building on concepts from one session to the other. Participants are encouraged to register for the entire series in their language of choice.

November 26, 2019

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Digital and Scientific Literacy (K–12) 


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November 28, 2019
Okanagan Science Center
Coding without Computers (K–12) EnglishRegister Now
December 5, 2019

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La science et la littéracie numérique (M–9) 


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Each session is based on Science World’s professional development offerings for teachers. See offerings below if you’re interested in Science World delivering a particular session for staff at your school.


STEAM Days of Summer (held annually during Summer Break)

STEAM Days of Summer is Science World's multi-day summer professional learning workshop for educators. Participants delve into innovative strategies for teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math) while networking with colleagues throughout BC. The theme for August 2019: Computational Thinking. Follow along on twitter #STEAMDAYS19 

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The Science of Computational Thinking (FREE)

How can we make the process of designing investigations and representing data more relevant to students? Join us as we explore how to incorporate computational thinking, a problem-solving strategy, to the sciences. We'll share effective practices and discover how computational thinking might enhance students' progression through the curricular competencies.

Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum (FREE)

Explore ways of integrating computational thinking across several content areas. In this workshop, you will engage in hands-on activities that use technology to demonstrate how this problem-solving strategy can be applied in subjects such as language arts, physical education, science, and math. 

Coding without Computers (FREE)

If you're struggling with equipment and technology, this workshop will give you several ideas of how you can integrate coding into your classroom. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of off-screen activities that apply coding strategies, which will provide a foundational understanding for both you and your students. 

Assessing Computational Thinking through Cross-Curricular Activities (FREE)

The ADST curriculum from K to 9 is built on the model of integrating the applied design process into other subject areas. This workshop will allow teachers to explore cross-curricular lessons involving coding and computational thinking. Discussions and hands-on activities will allow participants to leave this session with a better understanding of creating meaningful interdisciplinary lessons, of assessment of curriculum and self-assessment of core competencies that can support both paper and digital reporting and portfolios.

Digital and Scientific Literacy (FREE) 

How do we know something in science? Literacy is a necessary skill to parse the information around us. Participants will explore scientific literacy by analyzing how technology and media can colour our understanding of the world. We'll use different tools to create more accurate sources of information. 

Structuring Inquiry

The transformed curriculum has a large focus on inquiry-based learning and cross-curricular, cross-cultural teaching. Inquiry-based learning positions the teacher as facilitator. How could this look in your classroom? In this workshop, you will engage in inquiry activities that can be used in your class and get tips on how to structure an inquiry! We’ll discuss effective questioning, techniques for scaffolding students’ learning and how to assess student work. New for 2018/19 this workshop may also explore computational thinking as a problem-solving strategy in inquiry-based learning. 

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists

If you are looking to enhance your experience with inquiry-based learning, this workshop is for you! Open inquiry requires students to act like scientists (by formulating questions, designing investigations and communicating results). This workshop aims to uncover the ways in which we can foster life-long learning by encouraging our students’ curiosity. We’ll develop a criteria to help us adapt activities for inquiry and put it to use! Join us to share ideas, explore open inquiry and discuss how to support student-led investigations. New for 2018/19 this workshop may also explore computational thinking as a problem-solving strategy in inquiry-based learning. 

Assessing and Planning for Inquiry

Inquiry-based learning requires inquiry-based assessment. Our students’ development of curricular competencies may not be readily apparent. Test different methods for gathering evidence of learning and looking at student work. We will share best practices for assessment and feedback as we explore how to further inquiry-based learning in our classrooms. 

Design Thinking and Inquiry

The Design Thinking process is aligned with the new Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum and focuses on risk-taking and embracing action-oriented solutions. This process can further enrich educators’ roles as facilitators of student inquiry. Join us as we delve into the Design Thinking process while engaging in a hands-on design activity and exploring how we might structure design thinking challenges. New for 2018/19 this workshop may also explore computational thinking as a problem-solving strategy in inquiry-based learning. 

Community of Inquiry 

These sessions aim to build capacity and support innovative science teaching methods that are in-line with the transformed curriculum. In 2018/19 we will be working with district mentorship programs and teachers in Langley, Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond School Districts. During these sessions we will:

  • Collaborate with peers, as we work towards sustainable innovation in our classrooms.  

  • Engage in an inquiry approach to teaching and learning that reflects the transformed curriculum’s focus on place-based, inquiry learning.  

  • Explore ways to support student inquiry and enable students to make meaningful connections to their everyday lives and the world beyond. 

  • Test strategies for assessment and problem-solving, including cross-curricular applications of computational thinking


Culturally Responsive Science Classrooms (not available in 2019/20 school year)

Explore techniques for incorporating local knowledge into inquiry that enable students to make meaningful connections to their everyday lives and the world beyond. Join us as we unpack cultural ways of knowing that shape our worldviews and influence our teaching and learning.

Asking the Right Questions (not available in 2019/20 school year)

Questions are integral to learning, but which questions are the best launching pads for inquiry-based learning?  Essential questions are excellent starting points for students.  Using Science World’s hands-on activities, we will analyze essential questions, formulate them, and discuss how to implement them to support student inquiry.

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For more information or to book a Science World outreach offering, contact us:

604.443.7567  |  1.800.363.1611 (toll free)  |  [email protected]