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Science North tapped to develop distance learning curriculum

Will join Ontario Science Centre in sharing $1.5M to help teachers in changing times
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Science North will share in $1.5 million with the Ontario Science Centre to develop resources and materials for Kindergarten to Grade 12 French and English teachers to deliver the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum at a distance. (File)
Science North will share in $1.5 million with the Ontario Science Centre to develop resources and materials for Kindergarten to Grade 12 French and English teachers to deliver the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum at a distance.

Both science centres have extensive expertise in providing engaging science experiences to students through field trips, said the province in a news release.

Science North also brings hands-on science to students and teachers across Northern Ontario through their outreach programs. This opportunity is a reflection of Science North’s reputation in the delivery of high-quality Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) programming with popular Bluecoats.

The Ontario Science Centre’s educators and hosts are also well known for their engaging demos and interactive lessons.

Science North and the Ontario Science Centre will support teachers and their work with students, to inspire them and build skills and core competencies through authentic learning experiences. STEM is at the forefront for developing students as they prepare for future academic and career selections. These learning experiences are vital to making connections between everyday life and the STEM disciplines, providing transferable skill sets to other subjects.

Science North will produce videos, lesson plans and printable worksheets in English and French for teachers from elementary school grades. The resources will provide teachers with independent, flexible, and interactive STEM concepts they can teach to their students.

The videos will cover each of the four science strands of the Ministry of Education curriculum, while also extending learning in areas such as literacy and mathematics. In addition, professional development videos for teachers will highlight inquiry-based lessons.

“Science North is proud to be partnering with the Ontario Science Centre to support teachers throughout the province in these unprecedented times,” said CEO Guy Labine. “As a learning institution, we understand the importance for educators to receive support in the delivery of STEM concepts at a distance. 

“With our long-standing success of delivering outreach programs in Ontario and being a leader in science, our cutting-edge resources will be a key tool for these teachers and assist in delivering experiences that ignite experimentation, critical thinking, and a sense of wonder to their students.”

The Ontario Science Centre will focus on secondary school teachers, including video lessons in both English and French, accompanying printable resources that will offer additional learning experiences, and professional development teacher videos. 

E-resources for K to 8 are available at sciencenorth.ca/teachers in English and French. New resources for secondary school teachers will be posted every Friday on the Ontario Science Centre’s website.

– Sudbury.com




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