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Tinkering, Math and Zombies! October 2017 Educators’ Newsletter

October 2017 Educator's Newsletter links you to awesome events near and far (all the way to the International Space Station!), and will keep you up to date with some of the fun happening under the dome. 

Around the Province

BC Green Games | Early-bird registration on now

Register your school team, home learners team, or extra-curricular club by midnight on November 30 for a chance to win early-bird prizes! Include your project ideas, and request a Community Coach.

BC Green Games prizes don't end at the early-bird deadline. We offer free field trips to all teams who share their project, as well as many prizes including Green Grants, travel subsidy prizes, and more.

Join us as we celebrate science in Prince Rupert! 

Our On The Road team is visiting schools in the northwest over the next couple of weeks as we prepare to celebrate with a FREE Community Science celebration. 

Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert
Saturday November 4, 2017

At TELUS World of Science

New Permanent Gallery!

In Tinkering Space: The WorkSafeBC Gallery, you can immerse yourself in the interative design process: Question, Imagine, Create, Test, and repeat! Learn about safety and tool literacy with our tinkering exhibits, think with your hands with our daily programming and build and create using wooden KEVA planks.  

The following workshops may be booked in this space between 10am and 1pm: Tinkering with Catapults, Inventing Air M achines, Tinkering with Circuits. 

Visit the Tinkering Space at our next Teacher's Night Out on January 30. Find out more

Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show in Science Theatre

This leading edge, adventures-in-science series encourages Indigenous youth and their friends to explore the science of the world—from an Indigenous perspective. Episodes on now, free with general admission: 

Math: Professor Shawn Desaulniers says numbers are everywhere; can you solve a Rubik's cube? 10am, 3:30pm
Earth Science: Ethnobotanist Cease Wyss shares plant knowledge; Kai makes punk rock cabbage! 12:30pm

Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show is also available to purchase on DVD in Kaleidoscope Science Store. Preview episodes at the Coyote Science website

Teen Tuesday, December 19.

On Teen Tuesdays we take reservations from secondary schools only. Explore DNA with Genome BC, discovery virtual dissection tools with Animals in Science Policy Institute, and learn about the science of saving lives with hands-on demos by Pacific First Aid. 

Special offering: Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth. This modified version for Environmental Studies 11 students uses spectrographic analysis to compare soundscape recordings, and explores how this data is used to help scientists conserve and protect fragile ecosystems.Apply for a 

Upcoming evening event for teens: 

Astronomy and Frog-themed SWEET, November 10. Send students to our Teen Events page to learn more. 

Teacher Professional Development

Visit us at the PSA Superconference! October 20

Find us in the exhibitor showcase at booth 724 or find a Science World team member leading the following sessions:

Dr Scott Sampson, President & CEO: two keynote sessions Oct 20 at VCC (12:30, 2:15). 
Dr Sandy Eix, Director of STEM Learning: Oct 20 at Science World (2:15 "Science with a Smartphone"), Oct 21 at VCC (9:00 "Build Your Inquiry Bag of Tricks")
Brian Anderson, Director of Performance and Fun Times: Oct 20 at Science World (9:15 "Dollar Store Science" and 10:45 "Pocket Science Demonstrations")
Karen Lee, Professional Development Specialist: Oct 20 at VCC (9:00 "Today's Students, Tomorrow's Scientists"), Oct 21 at VCC (12:30 "Assessing and Planning for Inquiry", 2:15 "Asking The Right Questions)
Dr Friderike Moon, Program Specialist, Oct 20 at Science World (10:45 "DIY Electrophoresis")
Catherine Anderson, Program Manager, Oct 20 at Science World (9:15 "3D Printing and Design in the Classroom")
Samsara Marriott, Teen Programs Specialist Oct 20 at VCC (2:15 "Environmental Science 11/12")  

Building STEAM 

During Science World’s School Support Project, teachers identified professional development and mentoring opportunities as areas requiring support from Science World. We have spent the last two years establishing our professional development program, Building STEAM. We officially launched a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design, mathematics) inquiry/mentorship initiative in Delta on October 12 as part of this program. This work would not be possible without the guidance from our advisory committee of teacher leaders and supportive partners. 

The model being piloted in Delta School District is a rapid cycle geared at grades 6–9 teachers, who will focus on curricular competencies, collaboratively plan a lesson, then work together to teach and observe. We look forward to working with these teachers to share effective practice! If your district is interested in the Building STEAM program, please contact Karen at

Activities and Prompts

It's the Year of Education on the International Space Station.

My favourite web bookmark: 

NSTA Freebies for Science Teachers. Updated almost daily with fantastic K–12 resources. 


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