Virtual Classroom Events from September 20-24, 2021
The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), in partnership with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants (EBTSOYP) is hosting a 5-day virtual #WeekofWonder during NSERC’s Science Literacy Week (#Scilit) from September 20-24, 2021.
#WeekofWonder | #SemaineDemerveilles
September 20-24, 2021
We’re inviting teachers, students, and classrooms from across Canada and the world to take part in this amazing cross-country collaboration of science literacy. The week-long event features virtual STEM programming from 20 of Canada’s leading Science Centres, Museums, and STEM Outreach organizations. Daily programming provides options for francophone or anglophone audiences. See Calendar of Events below for more details.
Learn more about Exploring by the Seat of your pants here. You may also register for Week of Wonder directly from their website. Visit the Science Literacy Week website to see many more events happening during #Scilit (September 20-26, 2021).
Calendar of Events (Eastern Time)
#WeekOfWonder 20 Participants (Listed alphabetically by CASC Member institution.)
C.I.EAU (Centre d'interprétation de l'eau) QC
Water’s Unusual Superheroes
Did you know that hydras can live up to 1,400 years? That copepods are so slow that even seahorses catch them? Or are wondering still, “What is a hydra?” Whatever your answers to these questions, the “Water’s Unusual Superheroes” presentation is for you!
Hosted by one of our experts in water science, this activity is perfect for all apprentice scientists! Photos and videos taken in the depths of Quebec bodies of water will be broadcasted live, accompanied by amazing, astonishing information about the creatures that lurk in the water. The presentation lasts about 30 minutes, followed by a question- and-answer period.
Project manager - scientific animation, C.I.EAU
Fraser River Discovery Centre BC
Become a Junior Naturalist: Virtual Sit Spot
A Sit Spot is a place in nature you return to repeatedly, making observations over time, and becoming intimately acquainted with. Sit Spots have been practiced by great naturalists throughout history, and can help us to notice and monitor changes over time. This is more important now than ever before, as climate change is causing rapid and unpredicted changes around the world. Join the Fraser River Discovery Centre to learn how to set up your own Sit Spot! In this interactive presentation, you’ll discover how to select your Spot, and practice observational techniques like (sound mapping and poetry) at our virtual Fraser River Sit Spot! You’ll then gain access to online resources to support you in your ongoing Sit Spot practice. Sit Spots are highly versatile, and great for all ages, interests, and locations!
Education Programs Manager, Frasrer River Discovery Centre
Ages: All ages
H.R MacMillan Space Centre BC
Living in Extreme Environments
How do scientists locate planets in solar systems beyond ours and how do they know so much about distant planets? Discover more about exoplanets (planets in other solar system), and how scientists use Earth-based environments as analogues for studying environments on other planets.
Indus Space ON
Tracking Climate Change from Space
Climate change is an issue that affects everyone around the world. Satellite imagery is a way people can understand the effects of climate change and design solutions. Satellites take pictures of Earth that help scientists predict weather, track the impact of natural disasters, changes in ice and permafrost conditions, and monitor air quality.
We will introduce the role satellites through an interactive game style approach where participants guess what surface or scenario they are seeing. We will explore images of Earth, how change in climate has impacted the landscape. We will examine how satellite imagery helps us understand other parts of our solar system! With renewed goals to explore the Moon, Mars, and icy moons, we will highlight how satellite images help mission teams prepare for future space exploration while keeping the local climate conditions in mind. We can’t wait to explore tracking climate change from space with everyone!
Dr. Bhairavi Shankar
Planetary Scientist, CEO, Indus Space
Curriculum Developer, Indus Space
Ingenium: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum ON
Meet the soil critters: a microscopic journey
A healthy soil powers the Earth!
In addition to providing most of our food, wood and fibres, the soil cleans and stores our water and helps to stabilize our climate. It is even the source of some medications, such as antibiotics! Not acting alone, the soil owes its superpowers to the communities of living organisms that inhabit it.
Come take a fascinating journey into the microscopic world of the vermicomposter – or worm bin – where you will discover the link between climate and soil. Through a microscope camera lens, you will encounter tiny critters up close, while learning about their role in the soil and in the greater planetary cycles of water, carbon and nutrients. Then learn how you can make a compost bin yourself to reduce your food waste and help keep the planet healthy.
Senior Advisor, Ingenium: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
La Maison Léon-Provancher QC
The effects of climate on amphibians
Why is it that amphibians are particularly affected by climate change?
Scientists increasingly consider amphibian populations to be the benchmark for environmental changes such as temperature fluctuations and pollution. This is largely due to their skin which is permeable to humidity levels, pollutants, temperatures and the amounts of precipitation.
We will introduce you to the different species and how they react to changes in their environment. Bullfrogs feed on insects, but also larger animals such as frogs, fish, along with newts living in fragile wetlands. Unstable winters enfeeble populations.
Our educational animal facility includes anurans: bullfrogs, toads, regular and tree frogs. We also have urodeles such as newts and axolotls (Mexican salamanders).
Education and Material Resources Coordinator, La Maison Léon-Provancher
The Manitoba Museum MB
Can your students be champions of change?
The Manitoba Museum MB Save The Lakes! "Did you know when you brush your teeth each day, you contribute to the health of lakes and rivers hundreds of kilometers away from you? That's because we all live in a watershed, and our actions at home, school and in our community impact how healthy the water is that travels through watersheds and into lakes and rivers. In this presentation, participants will learn all about watersheds, what ingredients make lakes healthy, and how their daily actions can have unintended consequences on that health. And most importantly, using a fun simulator game, they’ll come up with solutions that they can do to help Save The Lakes!
Science Programs Supervisor, The Manitoba Museum
Ontario Science Centre ON
What’s Your Inquiry?
Work with a Science Educator to design your own experiment in this brand new virtual school program! Start by observing a demonstration to spark your curiosity, then brainstorm questions and predictions. Finally, design your own testable experiment using inquiry-based learning.
Science Educator, Ontario Science Centre
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium NL
DJ Ocean, Drop The Base! How Our Oceans are Becoming More Acidic
It’s time to drop the base! Our oceans are becoming more acidic and it’s important that we get “back to the basics" for our oceans. Join the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium in learning about ocean acidification and how our changing climate is impacting our oceans. Our presentation will include explanations and demonstrations of ocean acidification and ocean concepts, featuring a cool ocean experiment and even a few animal friends!
Education Supervisor, Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada ON
Coral in Crisis
Climate change is having a devastating impact on coral reefs around the world, on multiple fronts. Join us live from Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada as we dive in to discover more about coral reef composition, high degree of biodiversity and their vital role in the ocean. How can they cope with the double whammy of increasingly warm and acidic oceans? What can we do to halt the crisis for reefs and the many creatures that call them home?
ONIndigenous Cooking with a dash of Artificial Intelligence!
Learn about traditional Indigenous cooking practices from Xaxli’p First Nation chef, David Wolfman and how to use an AI Neural Network simulator to generate new pie recipes for a restaurant. You will learn about how data can be biased and how excluding cooking from a wide array of cultures can have negative impacts. This can lead to missing out on the rich diversity of experiences that can be shared from other cultures, and risk marginalizing those communities. We then show how you can build your own model from your own data using our NN simulator. We also build real-world AI like the YouTube recommendation engine to open up the black box that is AI!
Huge shout out to our friends at Amazon Future Engineer, Kids Code Jeunesse and Actua for making this activity possible!
Saskatchewan Science Centre SK
Adaptations of Animals and Ecosystems in Saskatchewan
Join the Saskatchewan Science Centre on a journey through the wide range on ecosystems and climates of Saskatchewan. Learn how domestic species such as salamanders, turtles, and owls adapt to survive in our harsh cold, winters, and dry, hot summers. Meet some animal residents of the Saskatchewan Science Centre including; Bubo - our Great Horned owl, Sonny & Cher – our Red Eared Slider turtles, as well as Jack, Beefcake, and Ducky – our Blotched Tiger salamanders. Our Science Educators will answer all of your questions about these animals including what they eat, how they adapt, what their habitat is like, and how climate is affecting their worlds. Faculty from the Indigenous Knowledge and Science department of the First Nations University have been invited to join the presentation and share their insights on Saskatchewan’s climate.
Director of Programming, Saskatchewan Science Centre
Science North ON
Indigenous Ingenuity Virtual Tour
Join Science North and CASC as we explore the incredible world of Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions to celebrate Science Literacy Week!
Indigenous knowledge is deeply rooted with connections to the land and continues to demonstrate their adaptiveness and resiliency. On Tuesday, Sep 21, travel through time with our Bluecoats as we discuss the impact of some of the world’s most well-known technologies and techniques such as animal tracking, harpoons, and bow and arrows. For more information, please visit education.sciencenorth.ca
Staff Scientist - Indigenous Ingenuity, Science North
Science East NB
Participants are invited to draw, model or construct a fictitious living organism that is suited to life in a particular habitat. This activity is intended to be interactive, fun and accessible to all.
It can be adapted to several different ages and according to the resources available. Suggested resources are: paper, felt-tip pens, coloured pencils, recycled materials, crafting materials, modeling clay, popsicle sticks, pom poms, cotton balls, marshmallows, rubber bands, construction paper, scotch tape, etc. Creative thinking is essential!
Science outreach educator, Science East
Science Timmins ON
Let’s think outside the box and scientifically: Are we in control of our climate?
In our daily routines, we express our emotions, feelings, needs and many other essentials for a good life. Isn’t it time to express ourselves scientifically and think outside the box?
This presentation will facilitate this expression and reflections on the drastic climate change that will continue to change unless we act now and address the problem before it gets out of hand.
Can we control our climate? It is time to express ourselves scientifically and outside the box.
Demonstrations, challenges and explorations will be presented during this session which will allow participants to express themselves scientifically and go beyond the norms regarding our climate.
Facilitator, Science Timmins
Facilitator, Science Timmins
Director, Science Timmins
Science World BC
Earth Wind and Science
Explore the incredible weather events that occur within our atmosphere through Science World’s interactive presentation with demonstrations such as the shocking Van de Graaff Generator, the mind-boggling Cloud in A Bottle and the spectacular Fire Tornado. We’ll consider what weather might be like today, tomorrow and in 10 years as we investigate how specific weather is connected to climate and what might be experienced as our climate changes. After introducing the overarching scientific concepts that create weather and climate, we ask the audience to suggest types of weather they’ve experienced and we do a demonstration that unpacks the science (could include: rain, tornado, snow, cloud, sun, lightning). Spoiler alert: things are going to get heated!
Online Science Facilitator, Science World
TELUS Spark Science Centre AB
Direct From Polar Bears International
Join Telus Spark Science Centre as we celebrate CASC’s Week of Wonder with Direct From Polar Bears International! We’re partnering with Polar Bears International to highlight the majestic polar bear and its crazy-cool habitat. Learn how polar bears survive and thrive in the Arctic, what makes them unique among bears, and how we can protect their future. This is your chance to ask all your questions with a polar bear expert! Our popular “Direct From” series connects students with experts to get a first-hand look into areas that are ‘behind closed doors’ and is the 2021 winner of the Canadian Museums Association Award for Outstanding Outreach Programming.
Coordinator Offsite Youth Programs, TELUS Spark Science Centre
Director of Conservation Outreach/Staff Scientist
Polar Bears International
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton (TWOSE) BC
Explore invisible aspects of weather through 3 exciting demonstrations! First, see one way wind is generated across the surface of the Earth through heating and cooling. Next, make a cloud in a bottle with all the warm, humid air rising into the atmosphere! Last, come back down to the earth and feel the crushing effect of air pressure in the final experiment.
These demonstrations will enhance student understanding of weather cycles that may change as the climate changes. Wind, air pressure, sunlight, heat, and cloud formation are all connected. Students will learn how individual weather events can have long term effects and use Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Ways of Knowing to help adjust human behavior to a changing climate.
School Programs Specialist, TWOSE
Science Presenter, TWOSE
Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre BCMeet, greet and see what they eat!Join us at the Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre to learn about our most unusual (and most popular) critters . Our Head Keeper will be available to answer all your questions.
Manger, Virtual Programs, The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre
Manager, In-Person Programs, The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre
Curator, The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre
The Museum ON
Dinosaurs & Climate Change
Explore our exhibition Dinosaurs | The Age of Big Weird Feathered things and learn about what the climate was like during the time of the dinosaurs and what it means for the world today.
Family Experience Coordinator, THEMUSEUM
The Underground Studio MakerSpace Manager, THEMUSEUM