Association of Science Teachers

Let's Make Time for Science


Halifax West High School
Friday, October 26, 2018

Conference Highlights

NSTU policy prohibits onsite registration.  All attendees MUST pre-register.

Registration is online only.

Site Details:

  • The conference will be held at Halifax West High School, 283 Thomas Raddall Drive, Clayton Park, NS, B3S 1R1.
  • Driving directions - from outside of Halifax/Dartmouth - take the Bicentennial Highway (Hwy 102) and take exit 2A - Bayers Lake, Lacewood Drive.  At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Lacewood Drive (toward the Future Inn, Home Depot, etc.).  At your third set of lights - (with Parkland Dr on your left and Regency Park Dr on your right) turn right onto Regency Park Drive.  Near the end of this street, turn left onto Thomas Radall Drive.  Halifax West High School is on the left.
  • Driving directions - from within HRM - drive to Lacewood Drive.  Turn onto Regency Park Drive (near Swiss Chalet, Smitty's, etc.).  Near the end of this street turn left onto Thomas Radall Dr, Halifax West is on your left.
  • Parking -  We have limited on-site parking.  Due to the nature of many of the workshops, the AST conference must be held at a large high school with a variety of science and computer labs.  We often have 800+ participants, plus presenters and exhibitors.  No school in Nova Scotia has enough parking for 1000 people.  However, you may park along Parkland or Thomas Raddall Drive. We will have student volunteers outside helping with parking on the day of the conference.  If you are staying at the Future Inn you may want to walk - it is a short distance and this will allow you to avoid the congested parking area.  Please carpool if possible.  Please note that parking is NOT available at Soccer Nova Scotia.

Registration Contact:

James Parsons:

Conference Rates:

Conference Fee:  $100.00
Substitutes / Students / Retirees: $40.00
First Aid - $35.00

Lunch is provided as a courtesy.  When registering please indicate whether or not you will be attending.

Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available; however, we will not be able to accommodate any other dietary requirements/requests due to limitations from our food service provider.

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii):
receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Conference Schedule
Friday, October 26, 2018


Full Day Session
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


First Aid

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Full Morning Session
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Session 1:
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Session 2:
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Session 3:
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Annual General Meeting
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM in the Library



Full Day Session 9:00 -2:30 (Unless indicated otherwise)
(Please read descriptions carefully as session times may vary and some sessions will take place at alternate locations)

1101 Emergency First Aid AED CPR Level A
Please note this session will run from 8:15am-3:30pm (80 Maximum)
Louanne Cooper -St. John Ambulance  (***There is an additional $35 fee for this session*** )
TEACHERS- First aid and CPR training       
Class Schedule

  • 8:15-10am training
  • 10-10:15 break
  • 10:15-12 training
  • 12-12:30 lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 training

1102 The Sky's The Limit - Fun with Rockets! (Grades 4-6)
Rob Davies and Craig MacDonald - Science Teachers, AVRCE

We will be looking at a variety of different rocket activities in the morning, followed by building model rockets - With our official launches in the afternoon. (20 Maximum)  

1104 Environmental Education PD Day @ Shubenacadie Wild Life Park  (All Grades ) 
PLEASE NOTE:  This session is NOT at Halifax West High School. Registrants will be responsible for their own transportation to the alternate location.
Olga Lucia Torres - Program Manager 

This full day workshop (from 8:30-3:00) will take place at Shubenacadie Wild Life Park and will include some outside activities. This will be a full Environmental PD Day with activities for teachers ready to implement in the classroom. The presentations will be by our partners (Divert, Acadia University, Green Schools Nova Scotia, Ducks Unlimited, The Deanery, and the Young Naturalist Club).  Registrants will be provided lunch on site and will be provided with further details regarding specifics of the day as they are finalized.  (60 Maximum)

Full Morning Session 9:00 -12:00

1110 Investigative Middle School Science using your newly acquired PASCO Digital Sensor Package  (Grades 7-9)
Glen Starkey - PASCO Scientific (AYVA)

Earlier this fall the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provided an extensive package of PASCO digital sensors to all schools with grades 7 and 8.  Included in the package are sensors for measuring temperature light, CO2, pressure, conductivity, voltage and current. Come join this engaging hands-on workshop, where you’ll perform a number of inquiry based, hands-on investigations, using state-or-the-art technology you already have in your school.   (30 Maximum)

1111      A journey back in time: exploring the unique geology of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
PLEASE NOTE:  This session will now take place at Halifax West High School. 
Nikole Bingham-Koslowski -Research scientist, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, located in Nova Scotia along an arm of the Bay of Fundy, are internationally renowned for their exemplary preservation of Late Carboniferous ecosystems.  2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the designation of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  To celebrate this milestone, and to showcase the incredible geological treasure that is Joggins, the Nova Scotia EdGEO Workshop Committee (Atlantic Geoscience Society) in partnership with the Joggins Fossil Institute will present a half-day.  Class participants will be given a fossil kit with representative fossils and rocks from the Joggins area to take back to their classrooms.  These kits are on long-term loan from the Province of Nova Scotia and are designed to serve as educational tools; enabling Joggins to be brought to life in the classroom.  Participants will use these kits during the workshop to learn about the organisms that inhabited the Joggins region over 300 million years ago, and the environments in which they lived.  Reference material will be provided to complement the kits and provide participants with additional geological information.  Part of the workshop will also provide an overview of the educational programs and resources available through the Joggins Fossil Institute.  (30 Maximum)

Session 1 (9:00-10:15)
Unless indicated otherwise all sessions have a 30 participant maximum

1000      Underwater Robotics: STEM Made Real (Grades 7-12 )      
Byron Butt - Instructional Coach for Technology, SSRCE

If you are interested in starting an underwater robotics program to compete in the regional (Provincial) MATE ROV competition, this is the session for you.  Learn about professional development opportunities in ROV robotics, see an example of an ROV built by students, and hear about how Byron started the South Shore Robotics Team out of Bridgewater.

1001      Agriculture 11 : A sharing opportunity  (Grade 11)           
Tanya Skelhorn - Science Department Head/Teacher Halifax West High School 

I have only taught one semester of Agriculture 11 and would like to have a session where teachers come together to share and develop new activities for this course.  Bring your materials and let's share

1002      WHMIS 2015: What you need to know  (Grades 7-12)
James  Palcik , General Manager - Flinn Scientific Canada    

This is a must-attend session for science educators who now have the deal with the transition to WHMIS2015 and the mandatory tasks involved with that changeover.  Did you know that YOU MUST RE-LABEL EVERY CHEMICAL IN THE PREP ROOM AND LAB BEFORE DECEMBER 1, 2018???  Let Flinn show you a practical and economical solution!  We can assist you with this transition and make your school more compliant and safer at the same time.  Complimentary materials will be provided to participants from Flinn Scientific Canada -- Your Safer Source for Science.  All participants will be certified in WHMIS2015:GHS during this session.           

1003      Place-Based Learning through Wetland Education (All Grades)
Rebecca Parker  - Education Specialist, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Place-based science education immerses students in their local landscapes, cultures, and heritages and creates a connection to location that fosters greater knowledge retention and formation of environmental values. Wetlands are perfect model systems for study of biodiversity, needs of living things, and water quality related topics and provide invaluable opportunities to explore these subjects as they relate to your own community or region. Water connects us all and Mi'gma'gi is rich in aquatic systems you can use to support your lessons. Join Ducks Unlimited Canada for an exploration into wetland education; learn how to incorporate wetland-themed activities into your science programs, how to connect topic to place for greater impact, get tips for delivering wetland field trips, and learn what funding and resources are available to you. Topics covered include; Wetland Values, Using Maps to Connect to Place, ""Critter-Dipping"": Exploring macroinvertebrate diversity, Wetlands of Nova Scotia: ""Where can I take my students?"", Delivering Wetland Field Trips, Resources for Educators

1004      Mining Rocks (Grades 4-9)
Kelly McBride -Programs Coordinator

Participants will discover what is mined in Nova Scotia and learn about the mining cycle. At each phase of the mining cycle; exploration, development, operations, and reclamation, teachers will explore different hands-on activities. This session is ideal for junior and intermediate teachers. Door prizes of resource packages to use in the classroom will be given out.       

1005      Colour Your World with Tie-Dye  (All Grades)
Keri Butler - Chemistry Teacher, JL Ilsley High School

Envious of the Chemistry teacher with the tie-dyed lab coat? Longing for the tie-dye of years gone by? Or just want a cool t-shirt or pillow case? Participants will learn simple tie-dye techniques and will have the opportunity to tie dye items (clothing or other fabric items) using various types of dyes and folding techniques.
Participants should bring items they wish to tie-dye. For best tie-dye, 100% cotton (pre-washed) is preferred.       

1008      Yoga and Mindfulness  (All Grades)
Leah Roop- Teacher/Yoga Instructor, CCREC

Come and join Yoga instructor Leah Roop for a gentle flow yoga class while gaining insight on how you might incorporate yoga postures, breathing and mindfulness into your classroom. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own yoga mat if they have one.              

1009      Building, administering, and interpreting assessments using SmarterMarks  (Grades7-12)
Jason Cooper-Owner, SmarterMarks

SmarterMarks is a tool that helps teachers build and interpret assessments collaboratively, generating feedback for teachers and students that goes beyond a single composite score. In this talk, we'll show teachers how to build assessments, read completed response forms, and use their results not only to generate meaningful feedback for students but also to inform classroom practice.             

1010      Our Online Initiative:  Interactive Online Resources for Secondary School Chemistry  (Grades 10-12)
Laura Ingram - Chemistry Instructor, University of Waterloo

At Waterloo, we are developing freely available, interactive online lessons based on the curriculum for grades 11 and 12 chemistry across Canada.  The lessons combine text, images, animations, narrated video, interactive apps, and dynamically-generated questions that are graded instantly to provide “in-the-moment” feedback.  
In this interactive session, we will provide a demonstration of some of the online chemistry lessons we have created. You will have an opportunity to explore them using your own laptop or tablet computer.   We will engage participants in an open discussion on creating effective online content and the use of online resources.   We will also provide an overview of our professional development (PD) program for secondary school teachers, in which they work collaboratively with experienced chemistry instructors at Waterloo.
Participants in this session receive a resource booklet, from the PD program, that provides guidelines for storyboarding an online lesson and an overview of the process for transforming the storyboard into a freely-available, engaging online learning tool. 

1011      Constructing and Learning in Virtual Reality  (All Grades)
Mario Eleftheros -Technology Integration Specialist, HRCE

We'll start with an overview of various virtual reality (VR) tools that are currently available for free before digging deeper into; VR creation software for students. Find out how your students can create VR worlds to tell stories, demonstrate their learning, apply coding skills, and more! CoSpaces works with Chromebooks and tablets.            

1012      Discrepant Events in the Classroom  (Grades 7-12)
Ed Arsenault -FLINN Scientific Canada   

Come and explore some really innovative and fun science activities from FLINN that are guaranteed to make your students think --- and explore their understanding about science.  Let a FLINN representative demonstrate how to effectively incorporate some STEAM and higher order thinking into your classroom and connect it to the topics being taught.  ALL MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY FLINN FOR THIS SESSION.  Come and have fun with a variety of discrepant events in this session.       

1014 Exploring the Microscopic World on a Budget  (Grades 7-9)
Sally Marchand -Program Coordinator, WISEatlantic  

In this session you will assemble your own microscope… made out of paper! Foldscopes are affordable paper microscopes that are portable, durable, and perfect for the classroom or outdoors. You will leave this session with your newly made Foldscope and ideas on how you can use them in your classroom.

1015      STEM Workshop – How to Make Science RELEVANT and FUN for Grades 2 and up!  (All Grades )
Eric Scheibeler -Regional Manager

Hands-on, inquiry-based learning has been proven to help students learn science.  Join us to learn about the latest all-in-one, wireless laboratory for hands-on science – Labdisc.  Winner of Best of BETT 2017 and Best of TCEA 2017, the Labdisc is helping teachers get students as young as second grade excited about science. The Labdisc is portable, has up to 15 built-in sensors and is perfect for indoor and outdoor science experiments.  With up to 150 hours of battery life and minimal setup time, the science lab is no longer bound by four walls.  Take students on field trips, easily capture data, then using the built-in GPS, visualize the experiment on Google Maps.  Labdisc supports all major platforms including iPad and Chromebook.       

1016      Microbits and Custom Environmental Sensors   (Grades 4-9)
Craig Wells - Sr. Associate, Digital Skills and Professional Learning, Let’s Talk Science

Let's Talks Science, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, has developed a 'plug and play' curriculum linked action projects called Living Space: Exploring the Optimal Environmental Conditions for Life. Students study the effects of CO2, Relative Humidity and Temperature on humans living in Space and on Earth. MakeCode block based coding, microbits, and custom sensor arrays are available through participation in this project. This session will overview the content and sample the coding skills in this coding and science integration project.

1017   Geology 12   (Grade 12) 
Tracy Webb - Teacher, Horton High School

Resources from every layer of Geology 12 filing cabinet...I am retiring and have many ideas, activities, labs, field trip resources etc to share

1018      Engineering in Your Classroom   (All Grades)
Rosalie  Hanlon – Director, Outreach & Partnerships  

Learn what engineers do and who they are. Explore hands-on activities that can be delivered in your classroom throughout the year (at no cost). Be the first teacher in your school to learn about STEM Olympics 2019. You will also try out some of the activities available.
Engineers Nova Scotia has been learning about the needs of teachers and the interests of students for the past few years. We now have a series of activities available to be delivered across the province to schools. We bring professional engineers who can speak about their careers and what they do while delivering engaging activities that teach students that there are many ways to solve the same problem and that making mistakes is part of the learning process. We have hosted 350 students at one time but typically reach groups of 90 per 1.5 hour session. We tailor the program to the school's needs and can do multiple sessions throughout the day or concurrently in locations with enough volunteers."            

1020      Acadia Tidal Energy Institute's Tidal Turbine Tank: A Hands-On Learning Experience  (Grades 4-12)
Meghan Swanburg - Project Manager

The Acadia Tidal Energy Institute (ATEI) has been conducting presentations across the province over the past several years with their Tidal Turbine Tank to give students a hands on learning experience about tidal energy. ATEI is now making the Tidal Turbine Tank available for educators on a cost recovery basis or build your own with our detailed instructions. In this presentation we will demonstrate several activities that can be done with the tank and provide further resources for educators to do in their own in class. The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), Canada's leading test centre for in-stream tidal, will be joining ATEI to discuss the latest tidal energy developments in the Province and how tidal energy can be brought into the classroom to encourage careers in STEM and support rural economic growth.   

1021   Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks   (All Grades)
Nancy Chisholm- Education Consultant - Retired 

We use MS Office every day, creating presentations and tests. Our students produce reports and projects. However, we barely scratch the surface!
Have you:

  • used the “Magic Teacher Tab”?
  • used equation tools?
  • worked with graphics, images and charts?
  • animated PowerPoint items?

If you would like to get more out of one of our most basic software tools, this workshop may be for you! NOTE: Demonstrations will be done with MS Office 2003, but information about using MS Office 2007 and 2010 will be provided.

1023      Evidence for Climate Change   (Grades 7-12)
Shane MacLeod- Physics Teacher, Dartmouth High School

This session will introduce teachers to the new Evidence for Climate Change resource from the Perimeter Institute.  The resource includes a video, six hands-on activities and a design challenge.
From the introduction to the resource:
""Human activities are having a negative effect on climate.  The scientific evidence is robust, and the consensus among scientists is strong.  So why is there still debate in the media and among students?
These hands-on, inquiry-based activities aim to address some of the basic science behind, and the clearest evidence for, climate change.  Students will explore how carbon dioxide interacts with infrared light, how water expands when heated, how climate modelling works, and more.  Students will also be challenged to consider how they can make a difference.         

1024 Schoolyard Bioblitz     (Grades 4-12 )
Graham Caswell -Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Teaching about biodiversity doesn’t have to be limited to talking about forests and sea shores. Outside of every school there are habitats to be explored and recorded. Join staff from the Nova Scotia Museum as they take you through the ins and outs of organizing a bio-blitz for your class. This hands-on activity encourages students to take an active role in identifying organisms, recording data, and collaborating with their classmates. Specimens from the Museum collection will serve to demonstrate the basics of identifying a number of organisms, along with some helpful field guides and worksheets for students. 

1025      The Benefits of Veganism and Whole Food Plant-based Eating  (All Grades)
Keegan  and Allan Turner

"“If that’s all a healthy plant-based diet could do—reverse the #1 killer of men and women—shouldn’t that be the default diet, until proven otherwise?” — Doctor Michael Greger, author of ""How Not To Die,"" 2016
“If only I had started sooner!” This is perhaps one of the most prevalent thoughts on the minds of those who have adopted a vegan lifestyle and/or a whole food plant-based diet. Why is it that the knowledge of something so profound yet so simplistic is not embraced more universally? This presentation will examine the presenter’s personal journey towards veganism and whole food plant-based eating, concerns that were initially presented to him, and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle with more awareness and compassion. Participants will leave with helpful resources providing them an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of veganism and whole food plant-based eating,  which may even  support  their own personal journeys toward this lifestyle.

1026      Maskwiomin - The science and indigenous knowledge of birch bark-oil     (Grades 10-12)
Matthias Bierenstiel - Associate Professor , CBU

"For centuries, the Mi'kmaq people have used a topical ointment for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes. This ointment is called maskwiomin (birch bark-oil) and is produced in a torrefaction process of birch bark. Recently, it has been found that maskwiomin is a broad spectrum antibiotic.
The session is geared towards science teachers who would like to incorporate indigenous knowledge into their classes. We will talk about the chemistry of the oil as well as different approaches to knowledge and the principle of 2-eyed seeing."

1027      Spheros in Science 10     (Grade 10)
Wes LeBlanc - Science Department Head, Charles P Allen (HRCE)

"A Sphero is a small robotic ball (think BB-8 from Star Wars) that can be driven via a handheld device (iOS or Android) or programmed by the user.  We will show how the Spheros can be used to create position-time and velocity-time graphs for work in the Science 10 Motion Unit.  Students can design their own program(s) and analyze the motion data using Google Sheets, they can also be asked to create a program that will need to match a provided position-time and/or velocity-time graph.
We will have Spheros on hand for you to use and will provide all materials (that are hopefully classroom-ready) in a Google Drive folder.  Having a smartphone is recommended."

1028      Bird Education and Citizen Science at School  (All Grades)
Liza Barney - Education Program Coordinator, Bird Studies Canada

Birds offer exciting opportunities to connect students to nature, and to learn about environmental and conservation science. This workshop introduces Bird Studies Canada's bird education and Citizen Science programs, including Project FeederWatch, Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Project NestWatch and Schoolyard Bird Blitz. A bird walk will help build identification and monitoring skills for students and highlight ways to help conserve birds at school and home.

1030      STEAM and Pitiatia’sik Musickisw Mawio’omi (lighting up the sky gatherings)     (Grades 4-12)
Kathy Snow – Associate Professor, Cape Breton University

What is appropriate adoption of Indigenous knowledge and curriculum in public school? Can non-indigenous teachers teach Indigenous knowledge in the context of science appropriately? What is respectful? These are many of the questions educators ask themselves when attempting to integrate Indigenous knowledge in school. Through examples of discussions and the development of Pitiatia’sik Musickisw Mawio’omi (lighting up the sky gatherings) in the community of Potlotek, these questions and more in relation to science and art integration were discussed. This session shares a practical roadmap for non-indigenous teachers wanting to learn more and teach in a respectful and culturally relevant way, it shares concrete case examples of lessons developed and learned through community partnerships and finally it offers a safe place to ask questions you might be scared to ask about the process of developing your own culturally relevant practice.

1032      Voice to text: Tips, Tricks, Strategies & Google     (All Grades)
Lauchie MacKinnon - Resource Teacher/CCRCE

Voice to text is found in all kinds of devices and programs. The session is an overview of the technology, how different devices provide different opportunities. Examples of strategies to help teach writing with a voice in /outside the classrooms.  Ideas will be provided for whom the technology works best.

1033      Travelling through the lens of STEM   (Grades 7-12)
Chard Laroche - Area Manager, EF Educational Tours

At EF, we’ve spent over 50 years witnessing the power of educational travel, so we know how it can impact STEM classrooms. That’s why we offer specially-designed, hands-on STEM tours that show your students the real-world applications of their studies. We would like to host educators to present our portfolio of STEM tours, and explain how they can both grow their classroom sizes, and show their students the many different aspects of STEM in the real world.

1034       Sneakers, Games & Hockey - Online resources for Making STEM Sticky   (Grades 4-9)
Swara Narayanan -Regional Director Canada, EVERFI

Exploring STEM topics can be fun and relevant. Teachers will learn about resources available to engage students in real-world applications of math and science and topics related to STEM Careers. These digital resources use best-in-class instructional design to engage learners and scaffold them through new knowledge and critical skills. All resources are aligned to provincial curriculum expectations and are available at no cost.

Session 2 (10:45-12:00)

2000      Underwater Robotics: STEM Made Real  (Grades 7-12)
See session 1000 for description

2001      Agriculture 11: A sharing opportunity  (Grade 11)
See session 1001 for description

2002      WHMIS 2015: What you need to know   (Grades 7-12)
See session 1002 for description

2003      Place-Based Learning through Wetland Education   (All Grades)
See session 1003 for description

2004      ROBOTS IN NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOLS    (Grades 4-12)
Gary Walsh - Director, Acadia Robotics  

This session tells you all about the Acadia Robotics Program, which annually hosts the Robot Programming Competitions throughout Nova Scotia and beyond. You will learn how to administer and coach a school or community team, on its way to one of the Qualifying Events at one of 5 NSCC Campuses – and from there - on to the Provincial Championships at Acadia University in February.
In this modern age of Digital Technology, Schools are the main avenue for preparing our youth for the challenges and careers of tomorrow.
This Session will provide Teachers and Mentors with information and tools, to use in introducing their students to the world of Robotics. Then just watch them soar as they develop and select individual techniques and strategies, in order to accomplish a Team Goal – While having Fun!
The annual Acadia Robot Programming Championships involves youth in creative thinking, innovative design techniques, and team work in order to accomplish the predetermined challenges for different grade levels. Specific details will be summarized at each session.
The competitions for Middle School and High School offer the top provincial team, in each division, the opportunity to advance and compete at the World Championships and other International Festivals.
The students only need your time … It is technology at its best …. The Students do the rest!

2005 Colour Your World with Tie-Dye  (All Grades)
See session 1005 for description

2006      Using Technology to Inspire Curiosity about our Natural World   (All Grades)
Karin Davidson -Taylor Education Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens

Our interactive videoconferencing programs engage students in discussion and problem-solving activities using video, images, and living organisms. Join Karin as she shares the successes and challenges of using technology to inspire students and teachers to get outside and take a closer look at the world around them.  

2007      Too much screen time? Not enough green time? Education challenges in the digital age.  (All Grades)
Kerry Crofton - Founder, Director: Global Alliance for Brain & Heart Health

We know the many benefits of technology. This talk will be worth your time if you are also concerned about some of the negative effects: internet and smartphone addiction, misuse of social media, cyberbullying, diminished attention spans, inability to focus and retain information, isolation and depression.
Increasingly, with our students, and ourselves, we see the need to address these issues in the age of digital distraction.
Our non-profit charity has developed an education program based on the mindful use of digital devices and electronic screens with easy-to-implement safer-tech solutions. Topics include: published research with scientific evidence on how excessive use of electronic screens negatively affects cognitive functioning of the brain and heath of the heart; what we need to know about the electro-magnetic spectrum; how wireless radiation impacts us differently than other frequencies, as well as the impact on our students' mental health and social wellbeing.  We also look at the research on the beneficial effects of outdoor activities and being in nature.
We also focus on balancing indoor screen time with outdoor green time and reconnecting with others and the natural world.  
Join us to hear how you can use this science-based information and skills in your classroom and with your own family. People of all ages benefit from using the power of mindfulness and fun activities in nature to deal with digital addiction.   "            

2008      Yoga and Mindfulness  (All Grades)
See session 1008 for description

2009 Building, administering, and interpreting assessments using SmarterMarks      (Grades7-12 )
See session 1009 for description

2010      Our Online Initiative:  Interactive Online Resources for Secondary School Chemistry (Grades 10-12)
See session 1010 for description

2011 Constructing and Learning in Virtual Reality   (All Grades)
See session 1011 for description

2012 Discrepant Events in the Classroom  (Grades 7--12)
See session 1012 for description

2013      The Soil beneath your Feet     (Grades 7-12)
Tamara  Sealy -Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada 

Have you ever wanted to implement more Soil Science in your classroom?  Want to learn more the soil beneath your feet and how important it is in our daily lives? Join Tamara for a Soil Testing Lab to learn more!          

2014 Exploring the Microscopic World on a Budget   (Grades 7-9)
See session 1014 for description

2015 STEM Workshop – How to Make Science RELEVANT and FUN for Grades 2 and up!   (All Grades)
See session 1015 for description

2016      Microbits and Custom Environmental Sensors    (Grades 4-9)
See session 1016 for description

2017      Oceans 11   (Grade 11)
Tracy Webb - Teacher, Horton High School

Resources from every layer of Oceans 11 filing cabinet...I am retiring and have many ideas, activities, labs, field trip resources etc to share.

2018      Engineering in Your Classroom    (All Grades)
See session 1018 for description

2020      Acadia Tidal Energy Institute's Tidal Turbine Tank: A Hands-On Learning Experience   (Grades 4-12)
See session 1020 for description

2022      Sorting it Out:  Waste Reduction, Recycling & Composting  (All Grades)
Chloe Kennedy -Waste Resource Education Officer

Help your students become the recycling leaders of today through this fun and informative 60-minute session! Join HRM’s Waste Resource Education Officers for sample activities from the newly released science curriculum-aligned lesson plans. These interactive lessons will help you bring ""the 3 R's"" into your classroom with activity sheets and step-by-step instructions.
You will also learn about HRM’s free educational services, which include classroom and assembly presentations as well as backyard composting education for school gardens. Your students will learn about the science of composting, as well as the importance of composting at home and at school.
This 60-minute session will also answer common questions around proper waste-sorting at school, offer signage resource materials and the opportunity to challenge students to be environmental champions in their school. 

2023      Evidence for Climate Change  (Grades 7-12)
See session 1023 for description

2025      The Benefits of Veganism and Whole Food Plant-based Eating   (All Grades)
See session 1025 for description

2026      Maskwiomin - The science and indigenous knowledge of birch bark-oil   (Grades 10-12)
See session 1026 for description

2027 Spheros in Science 10    (Grade 10)
See session 1027 for description

2028      Bird Education and Citizen Science at School    (All Grades)
See session 1028 for description

2029      Yoga Flow    (All Grades)
Shelley Walsh -Teacher – SSRCE

Yoga for relaxation, flexibility and mobility.  Please bring a mat, water and wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move, stretch and bend.

2030      STEAM and Pitiatia’sik Musickisw Mawio’omi (lighting up the sky gatherings)    (Grades 4-12)
See session 1030 for description

2031      Making Sense of Text: Strategies to Support Students with Literacy in Science    (Grades 4-12)
Cheryl MacDougall - ELA Teacher , Strait Regional Centre for Education

This session will focus on supporting students "making sense" (reading) informational text such as science textbooks and articles.  Strategies and graphic organizers for before, during, and after reading stages.  A focus on "making sense" of graphics (charts, diagrams, tables).  Teachers will also participate in learning experiences that focus on supporting students with learning vocabulary in science (three tiers). Teachers will leave the session with handouts, graphic organizers, and strategies they can implement the following Monday!

2032 Voice to text: Tips, Tricks, Strategies & Google  (All Grades)
See session 1032 for description

2033      Travelling through the lens of STEM    (Grades 7-12)
See session 1033 for description

Session 3 (1:15-2:30)

3003 Place-Based Learning through Wetland Education  (All Grades)
See session 1003 for description

See session 2004 for description

3006 Using Technology to Inspire Curiosity about our Natural World  (All Grades)
See session 2006 for description

3007 Too much screen time? Not enough green time? Education challenges in the digital age.    (All Grades)
See session 2007 for description

3008 Yoga and Mindfulness        (All Grades)
See session 1008 for description

3009 Building, administering, and interpreting assessments using SmarterMarks     (Grades7-12)
See session 1009 for description

3010      Our Online Initiative:  Interactive Online Resources for Secondary School Chemistry   (Grades 10-12)
See session 1010 for description

3011 Breakout EDU in the Science Classroom  (All Grades)
Mario Eleftheros -Technology Integration Specialist, HRCE 

Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Breakout games teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting students with a series of challenges and puzzles.  These games can incorporate any subject area and are designed to have curriculum outcomes embedded into the challenges. Players must apply problem solving strategies within a real world and collaborative context if they want to breakout! So join us for an exciting session to experience how escape room games can light up your students with engagement!

3013 The Soil beneath your Feet     (Grades 7-12 )
See session 2013 for description

3015 STEM Workshop – How to Make Science RELEVANT and FUN for Grades 2 and up!    (All Grades)
See session 1015 for description

3016      Microbits and Custom Environmental Sensors   (Grades 4-9 )
See session 1016 for description

3017      Oceans 11  (Grade 11)
See session 1017 for description

3018  Engineering in Your Classroom   (All Grades)
See session 1018 for description

3019 Building a Toolkit for Teaching Nature of Science and Scientific Reasoning   (Grades 10-12 )
Gillian Gass - Senior Instructor of Biology, Dalhousie University

Helping students build an understanding of the nature of science, as well as develop habits of good scientific reasoning, are important goals of science education across all subjects, but these foundational elements can be challenging to incorporate into science classes that must also cover a lot of subject-specific content. In this session, participants will use a set of simple resources, including visuals, manipulatives, and case studies, that can form a toolkit to help students think about what science is and how it works, and to practice thinking about hypotheses, predictions, experiments, and explanations. Using guidelines from the science education literature about effective teaching of nature of science principles, participants will have a chance to generate and share ideas on how to incorporate these conversations and activities into the subjects they teach.     

3020      Acadia Tidal Energy Institute's Tidal Turbine Tank: A Hands-On Learning Experience   (Grades 4-12)
See session 1020 for description

3021 Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks     (All Grades)
See session 1021 for description 

3022 Sorting it Out:  Waste Reduction, Recycling & Composting    (All Grades)
See session 2022 for description 

3023      A Deeper Understanding of Energy  (Grade 11 Physics)
Shane MacLeod- Physics Teacher, Dartmouth High School 

This session will introduce physics teachers to the newly released energy resource from the Perimeter Institute.  The resources consist of a video and seven activities designed to help enhance student understanding of energy.
From the introduction to the resource:
“”There is an invisible quantity embedded in everything around you.  It exists in the food you eat, in the electronics you use, and in every atom in your body.  What's more, it pervades every action and movement you make.  This ubiquitous quantity is energy.  Understanding how energy flows between, transforms within, and is stored in objects allows scientists to predict the future and understand the past!  It's rocket science; it's nuclear physics; it's environmental sustainability.  It may even hold the key to understanding what will ultimately happen to all the stars, planets, and galaxies of the universe."""     

3025 The Benefits of Veganism and Whole Food Plant-based Eating  (All Grades)
See session 1025 for description

3026      Maskwiomin - The science and indigenous knowledge of birch bark-oil   (Grades 10-12)
See session 1026 for description

3028 Bird Education and Citizen Science at School       (All Grades)
See session 1028 for description

3029 Yoga Flow    (All Grades)
See session 2029 for description

3030      STEAM and Pitiatia’sik Musickisw Mawio’omi (lighting up the sky gatherings)  (Grades 4-12)
See session 1030 for description

3031 Making Sense of Text: Strategies to Support Students with Literacy in Science       (Grades 4-12)
See session 2031 for description

3032 Google Keep and executive functioning: strategies for using in classrooms    (All Grades)
Lauchie MacKinnon - Resource Teacher/CCRCE

We’ll teach you the basics of Keep. Then we’ll outline how you can use Google keep in your classroom and provide you with some strategies.

3033 Travelling through the lens of STEM    (Grades 7-12)
See session 1033 for description

3034      Investigative Middle School Science using your newly acquired PASCO Digital Sensor Package Grades 7-9
Please Note: This is a condensed version of the full morning PASCO session.

Earlier this fall the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provided an extensive package of PASCO digital sensors to all schools with grades 7 and 8.  Included in the package are sensors for measuring temperature light, CO2, pressure, conductivity, voltage and current. Come join this engaging presentation where you will see firsthand how sensors support inquiry based investigations and authentic learning experiences. 

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