The 'State of the Nation 2010 report is a comprehensive report resulting from studies done by The Science, Technology and Innovation Council which provides the Government of Canada with evidence-based science and technology advice on issues critical to Canada's economic development and Canadians' social well-being. Smarter Science is mentioned on page 58 of the report (green section of page). Download the report here. Read more
An attention getting, thought-provoking approach to initiate inquiry is through the use of discrepant events. A discrepant event puzzles the observer, causing him or her to wonder why the event occurs as it did. These become opportunities for the teacher to guide students into inquiry.
We are proud to announce that Smarter Science has published the first in a series of information booklets describing our inquiry-based education framework. "Introducing the Framework" provides a teacher's overview of the framework. In what we believe is a first, the booklet provides definitions and descriptors for each process skill in the framework. This provides a common language for teachers to converse about Inquiry.
The booklet is available as adownloadable PDF in the "Resource" section.
Inquiry By The Valley - Echoes was the second follow-up workshop to the successful Smarter Science Summer Institute on August 4 and 5, 2010.
The one-day event brought together teachers that are implementing Smarter Science techniques in their classroom. The day began with a session where participants discussed issues that arise when using Smarter Science strategies. After the session, one participant stated, "I'm ready to go back!" Read more
Ascientific paper written by British schoolchildren about bees' ability to recognize colour patterns and spatial characteristics has appeared in a prominent journal. The paper, published Wednesday in Biology Letters, includes handwritten data tables and coloured-pencil diagrams.
On January 11, 2011 in New York City, Google launched the Google Science Fair (GSF) - a global online competition for students 13 to 18 years old. Students enter their projects online in a format very similar to that required by regional science fairs across Canada and the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). Youth Science Canada is encouraging all Canadian students who sign up for the GSF to also enter their project in their local regional science fair. Read more
Smarter Science offers a wide range of workshops based on introducing 21st Century Skills through inquiry-based science education.
Each workshop can be tailored to the needs of the client and can range from 1 1/2 hours to two days in length. Many of the workshops are offered as a series over time that would provide the most impact upon teacher practice.
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Smarter Science is on the move! Today we will be in North Bay, at Nipissing University, to kick off a campaign to get more students involved in science fairs. Watch the keynote live at:mms://streamer.nipissingu.ca/inventat 7pm.
The annual conference for science teachers is happening this week. The STAO (Science Teachers Association of Ontario) conference runs from November 11 to 13 at the Doubletree Hotel in Toronto. Smarter Science has 16 workshops running. We also have a large booth in the main exhibit hall. Please visit, try our inquiry investigations, enter the draw and receive a free Smarter Science framework poster! We will be sending out tweets and blogging throughout the conference.
Welland Tribune - That's what Stephanie Minor's Grade 8 class at Central School in Grimsby is trying to figure out. The only problem is, it's been three weeks and several different fast food chain burgers have no sign of mould.
This year's Science Teachers' Association of Ontario (STAO), Nov 12-14, conference will feature Smarter Science in 14 workshops by educators across Ontario and at all grade levels. To preview a list of workshops click here or search for "Smarter" on theSTAO conference site.
Today was not what I expected, it was better! Inquiry can change/engage/eliminate “sage on the stage”.
The process is elegant, easy to implement, logical and as close to true scientific research as I’ve seen.