Association of Science Teachers

Time for Science

Friday, October 22, 2021


Need help?  There will be all-day tech support (8:45 am - 2:05 pm) available at the following Google Meet Link:   https://meet.google.com/eay-ogmk-kgn


Conference Registration now closed
 Receipts for conferences will be distributed electronically from NSTU Central office starting the week following the conference.
They will be emailed to the address provided during registration.

 


Registration Contact:

James Parsons:  jeparsons@nstu.ca

Conference Rates:

Conference Fee:  $60.00
Substitutes / Retirees / Pre-Service Teachers: $40.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. IV.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

This conference offers a broad range of sessions ranging from grades primary through twelve and covering the many disciplines of science. Our theme for this year’s conference is Time for Science.

We are excited to offer a virtual conference this year and trust that you will find something helpful. Registrants will receive a detailed schedule with meeting links prior to conference day.

Conference Schedule
Friday, October 22, 2021

Session 1:
9:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m.

Break
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Session 2:
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon 

Lunch
12:00 noon - 12:45 p.m.

Session 3:
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Annual General Meeting
2:05 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (Online)
*All members invited and encouraged to attend

Workshops

Full Day Session

FD1  Project WET 2.0 Certification Workshop. Water, Weather and Climate (**Participants must attend all 3 sessions and pre-session workshop to receive certification)
Join us for a fun, interactive, three-part (full day) virtual certification workshop and receive the 592-page, Pre-K - Gr. 12, Project WET Educators™ Guide. Sponsored by the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) and Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), this workshop will actively engage you in sample, ready-to-use, multi-level learning activities. We will include how to teach the lessons virtually or with physical distancing, as needed. There will be a focus on water and weather, including climate change, incorporating local examples of citizen science. Additional on-line resources, many free to download, will be overviewed. Pre-registration is required, including completion of a pre-workshop, self-study, short introductory activity.
Lizabeth Nicholls, Maxine Koskie and Jim Abraham – Project WET

Session A

A1 Trevor MacKenzie Presents - Welcome to Inquiry and Student Agency
During our time together we will explore the power of curiosity in learning, the benefits it brings to the student experience, and specific ways in which we can plan for curiosity.
We will explore the inquiry tool of provocation. Provocation are specific entry points into learning that invite students into the curriculum through the lens of curiosity. Teachers will be given examples of provocations and asked to create their own to implement in their teaching from an inquiry stance.
Additionally, we will explore the use of thinking routines to harness the curiosity that is sparked through provocations. Embedding more student talk in our classrooms through the use of specific and intentional thinking routines allows both the teacher and learner a clear idea of where to go next in learning.
Click here to view PDF of Trevor's Media Kit
Unlimited
Trevor MacKenzie – Teacher/Author 

A2 Aquaponics: Feeding the planet
Join the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) for an interactive workshop exploring aquaponics and the sustainable blue economy. The session will include interactive activities, design challenges and workshops that can be brought into the classroom. Teachers can also request their own water garden and resource pack for their classroom.
Michael Goudreault -COVE

A4 Ice Cream
This session will involve making ice cream. This is a great hands-on activity to introduce students to the science and inquiry.
30 Maximum
Rob Davies – Teacher

A5 Power Up your Science Lessons with Ed Tech Tools
There are many ed tech tools that science teachers can integrate into their classroom to support student learning. In this session we will explore some high leverage tools which allow students to share their learning in a variety of ways. Teachers will also learn ways to provide feedback digitally and use the built-in features of these ed tech tools to support Universal Design for Learning in their classroom.
30 Maximum
Mario Eleftheros – Technology Integration Leader HRCE

A6 Fun with Apps Version 2
Learn about some fun apps and accessories that you can use in your classroom with your cell phone and/or tablet.  This is the sequel to the original, Fun with Apps. 
30 Maximum
Phil Goora – Teacher

A7 Biology 12 - Teaching Genetics via driving questions boards
Do you want to increase engagement in Biology 12 and have students learn via inquiry? Do you want to use driving question boards in your class and don't know where to start? Perhaps you are interested in sharing ideas with other Biology 12 classes about what is working well in your room. In this session I will be promoting how to use the InquiryHub Biology website for NS teachers. We will be looking at the Genetics Unit, but I am open to discuss how this transition can work in other units. 
30 Maximum
Krista LeBlanc – Teacher

A8 Design Thinking Utilizing Underwater ROV Construction
An introduction to the exciting world of student led remote operated vehicles (ROV) design and build.  Byron is the Founder and current mentor of the South Shore Robotics program located in Bridgewater.  This program has been in place for five years.  In 2019 his high school team participated in the M.A.T. E. International ROV Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee.  The EECD is currently exploring the possibility of providing funding to high schools willing to start an ROV program.   se
Byron Butt - Instructional Coach for Technology (SSRCE) 

A9 Acadia Robotics - Robots in Nova Scotia Schools  CANCELLED
Join our session as we present the Acadia Robotics program, which is entering its 17th year hosting robot programming competitions for students in grades 4-12. Our program offers three unique autonomous robot programming competition streams.   In this modern age of digital technology, schools are the primary avenue for preparing our youth for the challenges and careers of tomorrow. This session will provide educators and mentors with information and tools to use in introducing their students to the world of robotics. Then watch them soar as they develop and select individual techniques and strategies to accomplish a team goal while having fun!
30 Maximum
Heather Travers, Jenna Watson-Findley and Dr. Darcy Benoit  – Acadia University 

A10 Fishermen, fisheries spokesmen, ocean science contractors
Join this session for discussion on marine ecosystems and relationships needed to ensure their future.
30 Maximum
Darren Porter –

A11 Developing a Cohesive Online Education Experience
I will be sharing some tools, gadgets, software, and methods I used to develop a cohesive online education experience. I will be sharing how I recorded Video Podcasts, how I used Google Classroom / Drive / Forms, and how I used Zoom to model such experiences. You can use and adapt my methodology to suit your needs.
30 Maximum
Matthew Ngo – Teacher

A12 Intro to Aromatherapy
This session examines a look at about 10 oils and their recommended uses in aromatherapy.  It is for beginners or those looking to brush up!
Sunita Pinet- 

A13 Organizing your Google Drive
Have you ever felt like your Google Drive has become overrun and messy? This session will walk you through tips and tricks for organizing your drive, using folders, shortcuts, visual cues, and more. The tips covered can
be tackled in small increments, designed to help you slowly organize your drive over time, and (hopefully) keep it that way!
Meaghan Boudreau – Technology Integration Leader HRCE

A14 Bringing Agriculture into your Classroom: Live from the Farm!
The Agriculture in the Classroom Nova Scotia team will take you on a live farm tour with several stops across the province. You’ll see how some cutting-edge technology being used on farms including robotics, machine learning, and soil carbon capture contribute to food security and environmental stewardship. You’ll also learn about new inquiry-based, experiential classroom resources available free of charge to Nova Scotia teachers, including: (The Quest for the Perfect Strawberry (grade 9), Weather on the Farm (Grade 5), Agriculture and Renewable Energy (Grade 6), Digging Deeper (Grade 7-8), and Pkwiman: Wild Blueberries in Mi’kmaki and Wabanahkik (Grade 7-8). These resources are fully available in English and French and invite students to engage with a topic that everyone can relate to food! The hands-on nature of the resources can accommodate many learning styles, and include Mi’kmaw perspectives where appropriate.
Dawn Barrington-Hodgson, Rebecca Sooksom, Jacqueline Hoyt, Hema Chopra – NS Agriculture in the Classroom

A15 Naturalist Now!
How far can a frog jump? Where do bees live? Why do snakes stick out their tongue? Find out with Naturalist Now!  This live, virtual program with a Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History Naturalist, explores what your class is curious about. We will share videos, photos, facts and take your questions on different natural history topics. Get a sneak peek of this program and learn how you can incorporate it into your classroom.
Graham Caswell – Nova Scotia Museum

A16 Yoga
Virtual Yoga
Brittany Hachey – Yoga Room of Essence

A17 Staying Curious with Discovery Centre
Join the Discovery Centre team in exploring new ways to engage your elementary and junior high students in science! Discover exciting updates to our favourite school programs, explore our hands-on virtual outreach opportunities, and get a sneak peak of Discovery@School – a free skills-aligned video series for grades primary to 9 that encourages inquiry learning in your classroom.
Ryan Jameson – Discovery Centre 

A18 Opportunities for collaboration and integration with species at risk and biodiversity initiatives in Nova Scotia
This session will be co-delivered by a partnership of environmental organizations in Nova Scotia, including Clean Annapolis River Project, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Coastal Action, and others. The focus will be on opportunities to integrate provincial species at risk and biodiversity stewardship project/programs into the classroom. This will include opportunities and resources that teachers can take advantage of themselves, as well as opportunties to work collaboratively with eNGOs on special projects, programs, service learning activities, etc.
Katie McLean - Annapolis River Association

A20 Optics - How the Eye Works and Snell's Law
This session will be based upon the Perimeter Institute's new Optics resource. It will be comprised of two parts; one considering Snell's law and the other that will look at some activities considering how the eye works. The session will begin with an introduction of Perimeter's Tools for Teaching Science resource before briefly introducing the Optics resource. Following that, the two activities will be explored by participants based upon their interest
30 Maximum
Shane MacLeod – Teacher

A21 Exploring the Wonder of Wetlands!
Did you know that wetlands are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world with hundreds of different species of wildlife? Bring the Wonder of Wetlands into your classroom! During this session we will explore inquiry based education activities that are hands-on and lots of fun for your students!
30 Maximum
Katie Scott – Ducks Unlimited Canada 

A22 Sustainability & Systems Thinking: Possibilities and pathways for science learning
How can educators support students to apply systems thinking in science learning? What opportunities already exist that enable learning transfer and sense-making in relevant contexts? Join me as we explore how the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be applied to re-orient science curricula providing opportunities for real-world community-based investigations. Teachers will increase their understanding of education for sustainable development (ESD); learn new strategies while sharing ideas; and access resources they can adapt for their practice tomorrow!
30 Maximum
Janice Williams – Pinnacle Education Services

A24 Climate Change Action and Solar Power in Your Home
Solar panels are based on technology that converts sunlight directly to electricity and can be a great source of clean energy for your home. The talk will discuss climate change and how we can address it, sources of clean and renewable energy, the thermonuclear fusion which powers our Sun, and Sun in Indigenous knowledge. We will also explore how solar panels work, discuss some tips for designing solar power installations in our climate, and have a bit of fun with interactive quizzes. All participants will be provided with the presentation file and other media resources to adopt for their classrooms as they see fit.
30 Maximum
Svetlana Barkanova – Physics Professor (Memorial University)

A25 Electric Vehicles
Join Electric Vehicle Specialist, Brendan Piper, for a 45-minute presentation to discuss the technical, financial, and environmental aspects of electric vehicles. 15 minutes will be set aside for Q&As. We'll answer questions such as: What is an EV & how do they work? How much do they cost upfront and to operate and how green are electric vehicles really? Never driven an electric vehicle before? Book a free test drive with no sales pressure from me or one of my teammates by visitingwww.nextridens.com ." 
30 Maximum
Brendan Piper – EV specialist (Clean Foundation)

A32 Empowering Student Action with the Sustainable Development Goals
Do you want to empower your students to see themselves as changemakers who can find solutions to problems in their lives and communities? Join us for an interactive webinar and discover how to use the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to spark student-led action in your class. Through a series of collaborative and reflective activities, you will discover how students can engage in design thinking through the lens of empathy, determine what an action project might look like in your school context and explore classroom-ready resources to help you get started.
Lynn FitzPatrick 

A33 Strangers in a Strange Land: Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Science
My name is Francis Henry Lickers, however my real name is Niwaden-Henraah, which means a small rampart to protect the community. The explanation of our names creates borders, some that we don’t even know about. Our communities have been separated by many borders such as language, culture, economics and geography.    Haudenosaunee People have existed on this land for time beyond knowing. We have practiced our culture and government for many hundreds of years and we have lived on the land and learned from the land. We have made mistakes and we have learned from them.   Today I hope to help you cross some of the borders we have constructed around ourselves and challenge you to think in a different manner about Sustainability and Science.  Using concrete examples of knowledge systems and projects from across the country, I’ll speak about the Haudenosaunees’ understanding of knowing and Traditional Knowledge and use stories and examples to give you a better understanding of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.   During this time of global climate change, population shifts and resource depletion, we will have to integrate and cooperate to survive in this strange new world.
Dr. Henry Lickers and Kim Lickers

Session B

B1  Trevor MacKenzie Presents - Leveling Up Inquiry and Student Agency
During our time together we will explore the specific inquiry skills that allow students to be more successful in taking on more agency over learning. We will identify a series of competencies that teachers will be encouraged to explore with their students as a means to strengthen inquiry and empower students.
Additionally, we will explore the power of reflection to guide student ownership. Teachers will be provided several reflective prompts, guiding questions, and activities to implement in their teaching from an inquiry stance.
Click here to view PDF of Trevor's Media Kit
Unlimited
 
Trevor MacKenzie –

B2 Electric Ocean
Undertake a design challenge with COVE to build an ocean turbine with commonly found materials. Take a look at different ways the ocean sector is exploring renewable energy from tidal power to offshore wind and the benefits and challenges facing these options.
Michael Goudreault – COVE 

B4 Ice Cream
This session will involve making ice cream. This is a great hands-on activity to introduce students to the science and inquiry.
30 Maximum
Rob Davies – Teacher

B5 Power Up your Science Lessons with Ed Tech Tools
There are many ed tech tools that science teachers can integrate into their classroom to support student learning. In this session we will explore some high leverage tools which allow students to share their learning in a variety of ways. Teachers will also learn ways to provide feedback digitally and use the built in features of these ed tech tools to support Universal Design for Learning in their classroom.
30 Maximum
Mario Eleftheros – Technology Integration Leader HRCE

B6 Fun with Apps Version 2
Learn about some fun apps and accessories that you can use in your classroom with your cell phone and/or tablet.  This is the sequel to the original, Fun with Apps.   
30 Maximum
Phil Goora – Teacher
 

B7 Biology 12 - Teaching Genetics via driving questions boards
Do you want to increase engagement in Biology 12 and have students learn via inquiry? Do you want to use driving question boards in your class and don't know where to start? Perhaps you are interested in sharing ideas with other Biology 12 classes about what is working well in your room. In this session I will be promoting how to use the InquiryHub Biology website for NS teachers. We will be looking at the Genetics Unit, but I am open to discuss how this transition can work in other units. 
30 Maximum
Krista LeBlanc – Teacher

B8 Design Thinking Utilizing Underwater ROV Construction
An introduction to the exciting world of student led remote operated vehicles (ROV) design and build.  Byron is the Founder and current mentor of the South Shore Robotics program located in Bridgewater.  This program has been in place for five years.  In 2019 his high school team participated in the M.A.T. E. International ROV Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee.  The EECD is currently exploring the possibility of providing funding to high schools willing to start an ROV program.
Byron Butt - Instructional Coach for Technology (SSRCE) 

B9 Acadia Robotics - Robots in Nova Scotia Schools  CANCELLED
Join our session as we present the Acadia Robotics program, which is entering its 17th year hosting robot programming competitions for students in grades 4-12. Our program offers three unique autonomous robot programming competition streams.   In this modern age of digital technology, schools are the primary avenue for preparing our youth for the challenges and careers of tomorrow. This session will provide educators and mentors with information and tools to use in introducing their students to the world of robotics. Then watch them soar as they develop and select individual techniques and strategies to accomplish a team goal while having fun!
30 Maximum
Heather Travers, Jenna Watson-Findley and Dr. Darcy Benoit  – Acadia University
 

B10 Fishermen, fisheries spokesmen, ocean science contractors
Join this session for discussion on marine ecosystems and relationships needed to ensure their future.
30 Maximum
Darren Porter –

B12  Intro to Aromatherapy
This session examines a look at about 10 oils and their recommended uses in aromatherapy.  It is for beginners or those looking to brush up!
Sunita Pinet-

B13 Weather Experiments in Elementary using the PASCO Temp/Weather Sensor
This session will discuss ways to engage your class in monitoring weather variables using the PASCO weather or temperature sensor (one or the other should be available in every elementary school). This past May we did a TILT learning series where all teachers could join in on collecting the weather so schools could analyze the data. I'll discuss how to set this up with your class, as well as the potential of having teachers come together to complete the experiment at the same time in order to share the data and compare results.
Meaghan Boudreau – Technology Integration Leader HRCE

B14 Bringing Agriculture into your Classroom: Live from the Farm!
The Agriculture in the Classroom Nova Scotia team will take you on a live farm tour with several stops across the province. You’ll see how some cutting-edge technology being used on farms including robotics, machine learning, and soil carbon capture contribute to food security and environmental stewardship. You’ll also learn about new inquiry-based, experiential classroom resources available free of charge to Nova Scotia teachers, including: (The Quest for the Perfect Strawberry (grade 9), Weather on the Farm (Grade 5), Agriculture and Renewable Energy (Grade 6), Digging Deeper (Grade 7-8), and Pkwiman: Wild Blueberries in Mi’kmaki and Wabanahkik (Grade 7-8). These resources are fully available in English and French and invite students to engage with a topic that everyone can relate to food! The hands-on nature of the resources can accommodate many learning styles, and include Mi’kmaw perspectives where appropriate.
Dawn Barrington-Hodgson, Rebecca Sooksom, Jacqueline Hoyt, Hema Chopra – NS Agriculture in the Classroom

B18 Opportunities for collaboration and integration with species at risk and biodiversity initiatives in Nova Scotia
This session will be co-delivered by a partnership of environmental organizations in Nova Scotia, including Clean Annapolis River Project, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Coastal Action, and others. The focus will be on opportunities to integrate provincial species at risk and biodiversity stewardship project/programs into the classroom. This will include opportunities and resources that teachers can take advantage of themselves, as well as opportunties to work collaboratively with eNGOs on special projects, programs, service learning activities, etc.
Katie McLean - Annapolis River Association

B19 Inspiring a Local Environmental Connection Virtually
After this last year, engaging students virtually is not unique. Royal Botanical Gardens has, however, been interacting with learners of all ages since 2007 producing award winning interactive content. Join Karin to discover some of the programs that could support and enhance your Science (and other subjects) units while inspiring a local connection.
Karin Davidson-Taylor – Royal Botanical Gardens 

B20 Particle Physics - Mass of the Higgs Boson
This session will be based upon the Perimeter Institute's revised Particle Physics resource. The session will begin with an introduction of Perimeter's Tools for Teaching Science resource before briefly introducing the Particle Physics resource. It will conclude by considering how one can use conservation of 2D momentum in order to determine the mass of a Higgs Boson from experimental data.
30 Maximum
Shane MacLeod – Teacher

B21 Exploring the Wonder of Wetlands!
Did you know that wetlands are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world with hundreds of different species of wildlife? Bring the Wonder of Wetlands into your classroom! During this session we will explore inquiry based education activities that are hands-on and lots of fun for your students!
30 Maximum
Katie Scott – Ducks Unlimited Canada

B24 Climate Change Action and Solar Power in Your Home
Solar panels are based on technology that converts sunlight directly to electricity and can be a great source of clean energy for your home. The talk will discuss climate change and how we can address it, sources of clean and renewable energy, the thermonuclear fusion which powers our Sun, and Sun in Indigenous knowledge. We will also explore how solar panels work, discuss some tips for designing solar power installations in our climate, and have a bit of fun with interactive quizzes. All participants will be provided with the presentation file and other media resources to adopt for their classrooms as they see fit.
30 Maximum
Svetlana Barkanova – Physics Professor (Memorial University)

B25 Electric Vehicles
Join Electric Vehicle Specialist, Brendan Piper, for a 45-minute presentation to discuss the technical, financial, and environmental aspects of electric vehicles. 15 minutes will be set aside for Q&As. We'll answer questions such as: What is an EV & how do they work? How much do they cost upfront and to operate and how green are electric vehicles really? Never driven an electric vehicle before? Book a free test drive with no sales pressure from me or one of my teammates by visitingwww.nextridens.com ." 
30 Maximum
Brendan Piper – EV specialist (Clean Foundation)

B30 Balancing Too Much Tech: Harnessing the benefits & reducing the risks of digital devices, the internet, social media and more
This digital age, with the advancement of Information Technology and global communication, brings many benefits. It also presents many challenges to the health and wellbeing of our children, ourselves, and our true connection with each other and the natural world. In the classroom, and at home, we see problems with too much tech: excessive screentime, digital dependency, internet and social media addiction. These can result in anxiety, isolation, depression and other physical and mental health issues. We offer evidence-based strategies and best practices for electronic screens, smartphones, and all things wired and wireless – how to use these in a safer and more balanced way. We focus on the healing powers of off-screen time in nature, mindfulness practices as well as traditional knowledge offered by Indigenous Elders. This is based on our book. Details at: www.LessScreenMoreGreen.org.
Dr Kerry Crofton 

B 31 Supporting Nova Scotia's Climate Generation:  Educational Tools on Coastal Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and The Importance of Wetlands
The Coastal Team at the Ecology Action Centre, Nova Scotia's oldest and largest environmental NGO, has developed educational tools to help promote awareness on the topics of coastal climate change, sea level rise and wetlands. These discussions are of utmost important as we engage in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the province. This presentation will give teachers and educators a quick snapshot of the subject matter and will also introduce three infographics that they can share and use as teaching tools in their own classrooms.
Nancy Anningson & Mimi O'Handley

Session C

C1  Trevor MacKenzie Presents - I'm in the Deep End of the Inquiry Pool; Now What?
During our time together we will explore a sophisticated underpinning of the inquiry model: co-designing with students to help shape the learning experience. Teachers will be provided several co-design activities to bring to their students.
Further, we explore conferencing on planning with students and students planning with each other as a means to enhance the inquiry experience.
Additionally, the concept of evidencing for learning will be unpacked as we look to add more rich and authentic learning evidence to tell the whole story of learning.
Click here to view PDF of Trevor's Media Kit
Unlimited
Trevor MacKenzie -

C2 Decoding Ocean Data
Join COVE and DeepSense to explore the world of ocean data. Using data from the Stella Maris, our seabed sensor platform located in the Halifax Harbour, we will look at how scientists collect, analyse and use data collected from the ocean to understand what goes on beneath the waves.
Jennifer LaPlante (DeepSense) and Bruce MacDougall (COVE)

C4 Ice Cream
This session will involve making ice cream. This is a great hands-on activity to introduce students to the science and inquiry.
30 Maximum
Rob Davies – Teacher

C5 Constructing and Learning in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
In this session participants will explore CoSpaces EDU. This approved digital tool (which is free to all teachers and students in Nova Scotia) allows students to represent their learning and knowledge in a variety of ways. Whether it is creating a science simulation or exploring scientific concepts; CoSpaces Edu is a digital tool with many capabilities.
30 Maximum
Mario Eleftheros – Technology Integration Leader HRCE

C6 Fun with Apps Version 2
Learn about some fun apps and accessories that you can use in your classroom with your cell phone and/or tablet.  This is the sequel to the original, Fun with Apps. 
30 Maximum
Phil Goora – Teacher

C8 Design Thinking Utilizing Underwater ROV Construction
An introduction to the exciting world of student led remote operated vehicles (ROV) design and build.  Byron is the Founder and current mentor of the South Shore Robotics program located in Bridgewater.  This program has been in place for five years.  In 2019 his high school team participated in the M.A.T. E. International ROV Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee.  The EECD is currently exploring the possibility of providing funding to high schools willing to start an ROV program.   se
Byron Butt - Instructional Coach for Technology (SSRCE) 

C9 Acadia Robotics - Robots in Nova Scotia Schools  CANCELLED
Join our session as we present the Acadia Robotics program, which is entering its 17th year hosting robot programming competitions for students in grades 4-12. Our program offers three unique autonomous robot programming competition streams.   In this modern age of digital technology, schools are the primary avenue for preparing our youth for the challenges and careers of tomorrow. This session will provide educators and mentors with information and tools to use in introducing their students to the world of robotics. Then watch them soar as they develop and select individual techniques and strategies to accomplish a team goal while having fun!
30 Maximum
Heather Travers, Jenna Watson-Findley and Dr. Darcy Benoit  – Acadia University
 

C12 Intro to Aromatherapy
This session examines a look at about 10 oils and their recommended uses in aromatherapy.  It is for beginners or those looking to brush up!
Sunita Pinet-

C13 Organizing your Google Drive
Have you ever felt like your Google Drive has become overrun and messy? This session will walk you through tips and tricks for organizing your drive, using folders, shortcuts, visual cues, and more. The tips covered can be tackled in small increments, designed to help you slowly organize your drive over time, and (hopefully) keep it that way!
Meaghan Boudreau – Technology Integration Leader HRCE

C14 Bringing Agriculture into your Classroom: Live from the Farm!
The Agriculture in the Classroom Nova Scotia team will take you on a live farm tour with several stops across the province. You’ll see how some cutting-edge technology being used on farms including robotics, machine learning, and soil carbon capture contribute to food security and environmental stewardship. You’ll also learn about new inquiry-based, experiential classroom resources available free of charge to Nova Scotia teachers, including: (The Quest for the Perfect Strawberry (grade 9), Weather on the Farm (Grade 5), Agriculture and Renewable Energy (Grade 6), Digging Deeper (Grade 7-8), and Pkwiman: Wild Blueberries in Mi’kmaki and Wabanahkik (Grade 7-8). These resources are fully available in English and French and invite students to engage with a topic that everyone can relate to food! The hands-on nature of the resources can accommodate many learning styles, and include Mi’kmaw perspectives where appropriate.
Dawn Barrington-Hodgson, Rebecca Sooksom, Jacqueline Hoyt, Hema Chopra – NS Agriculture in the Classroom

C17 Staying Curious with Discovery Centre
Join the Discovery Centre team in exploring new ways to engage your elementary and junior high students in science! Discover exciting updates to our favourite school programs, explore our hands-on virtual outreach opportunities, and get a sneak peak of Discovery@School – a free skills-aligned video series for grades primary to 9 that encourages inquiry learning in your classroom.
Ryan Jameson – Discovery Centre

C18 Opportunities for collaboration and integration with species at risk and biodiversity initiatives in Nova Scotia
This session will be co-delivered by a partnership of environmental organizations in Nova Scotia, including Clean Annapolis River Project, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Coastal Action, and others. The focus will be on opportunities to integrate provincial species at risk and biodiversity stewardship project/programs into the classroom. This will include opportunities and resources that teachers can take advantage of themselves, as well as opportunties to work collaboratively with eNGOs on special projects, programs, service learning activities, etc.
Katie McLean - Annapolis River Association 

C19 Inspiring a Local Environmental Connection Virtually
After this last year, engaging students virtually is not unique. Royal Botanical Gardens has, however, been interacting with learners of all ages since 2007 producing award winning interactive content. Join Karin to discover some of the programs that could support and enhance your Science (and other subjects) units while inspiring a local connection.
Karin Davidson-Taylor – Royal Botanical Gardens

C20 Forces of Nature - Escape Room Activity
This session will be based upon a Perimeter Institute activity that was created in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and is based upon some of the scientists featured in the Forces of Nature poster series. The session will begin with a brief introduction to Perimeter's Tools for Teaching Science resource before moving into the escape room activity.
30 Maximum
Shane MacLeod – Teacher

C21 Exploring the Wonder of Wetlands
Did you know that wetlands are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world with hundreds of different species of wildlife? Bring the Wonder of Wetlands into your classroom! During this session we will explore inquiry based education activities that are hands-on and lots of fun for your students!
30 Maximum
Katie Scott – Ducks Unlimited Canada

C24 Climate Change Action and Solar Power in Your Home
Solar panels are based on technology that converts sunlight directly to electricity and can be a great source of clean energy for your home. The talk will discuss climate change and how we can address it, sources of clean and renewable energy, the thermonuclear fusion which powers our Sun, and Sun in Indigenous knowledge. We will also explore how solar panels work, discuss some tips for designing solar power installations in our climate, and have a bit of fun with interactive quizzes. All participants will be provided with the presentation file and other media resources to adopt for their classrooms as they see fit.
30 Maximum
Svetlana Barkanova – Physics Professor (Memorial University)

C25 Electric Vehicles
Join Electric Vehicle Specialist, Brendan Piper, for a 45-minute presentation to discuss the technical, financial, and environmental aspects of electric vehicles. 15 minutes will be set aside for Q&As. We'll answer questions such as: What is an EV & how do they work? How much do they cost upfront and to operate and how green are electric vehicles really? Never driven an electric vehicle before? Book a free test drive with no sales pressure from me or one of my teammates by visitingwww.nextridens.com ." 
30 Maximum
Brendan Piper – EV specicalist

C 31 Supporting Nova Scotia's Climate Generation:  Educational Tools on Coastal Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and The Importance of Wetlands
The Coastal Team at the Ecology Action Centre, Nova Scotia's oldest and largest environmental NGO, has developed educational tools to help promote awareness on the topics of coastal climate change, sea level rise and wetlands. These discussions are of utmost important as we engage in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the province. This presentation will give teachers and educators a quick snapshot of the subject matter and will also introduce three infographics that they can share and use as teaching tools in their own classrooms.
Nancy Anningson & Mimi O'Handley

C33 Strangers in a Strange Land: Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Science
My name is Francis Henry Lickers, however my real name is Niwaden-Henraah, which means a small rampart to protect the community. The explanation of our names creates borders, some that we don’t even know about. Our communities have been separated by many borders such as language, culture, economics and geography.    Haudenosaunee People have existed on this land for time beyond knowing. We have practiced our culture and government for many hundreds of years and we have lived on the land and learned from the land. We have made mistakes and we have learned from them.   Today I hope to help you cross some of the borders we have constructed around ourselves and challenge you to think in a different manner about Sustainability and Science.  Using concrete examples of knowledge systems and projects from across the country, I’ll speak about the Haudenosaunees’ understanding of knowing and Traditional Knowledge and use stories and examples to give you a better understanding of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.   During this time of global climate change, population shifts and resource depletion, we will have to integrate and cooperate to survive in this strange new world.
Dr. Henry Lickers and Kim Lickers

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