STAM PD DAY 2019

Science Teachers Association of Manitoba

STAM MTS PD Day 2019

International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements (UNESCO)
Science, which deals with the infinite, is itself without bounds.

Dmitri Mendeleev, 1834-1907

Westwood Collegiate, 360 Rouge Road, Winnipeg

Program

For online registration, new, cancelled or full sessions, please visit the STAM website: www.stam.mb.ca

Offsite Sessions – Times vary – Please check

9:00-10:00   Morning Keynote

10:30-11:30, 11:30-12:30, 10:30-12:30  Morning Sessions

1:30-2:30, 2:30-3:30, 1:30-3:30   Afternoon Sessions


Special Invitation to Past-presidents:

SC00 $20
Past-Presidents’ Luncheon
(Includes STAM membership, conference registration, and luncheon Pre-registration required)

Please register for SC00 as well as desired sessions.


SC99 8:00-9:00
MAPT AGM
(Manitoba Association of Physics Teachers)
Annual General Meeting
All physics teachers are welcome! A great opportunity to see what MAPT is up to, make suggestions, and become a member.


STAM AGM
Awards and Reception
3:30-4:15 p.m. (Cafeteria)
Recognize and celebrate excellence in science education. Connect with science colleagues from around the province and beyond.
New members are welcome to join the STAM BOD.
Win prizes!

EVERYONE WELCOME


Urban Prairie Cuisine
HOT LUNCH BUFFET ($20)
11:30-1:30
Join us for a delicious
buffet luncheon, including:
A variety of salads
Roast beef striploin with wild mushroom and chutneys
Grilled chicken with tomato ragu
Baby herbed potatoes
Vegetable medley
Rolls and dessert
Lunch must be pre-purchased.


Exhibitors’ Displays
Gymnasium
8:00 – 2:30
Please browse through the Exhibitor Area for a chance to explore new resources.


STAM thanks the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba for supporting our Nutrition Breaks.

8:00–9:00 & 10:00-10:30
Please bring water bottles/coffee cups.

 

9:00-10:00 SC01 Keynote Speaker – Theatre

Meteorology vs The Mudslingers:
The Science of Your Weather Forecast

John Sauder, Meteorologist

CBC Meteorologist John Sauder provides you with daily comprehensive weather forecasting and reports on CBC News Winnipeg. He earned a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2007 and is endorsed by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He holds the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval for Weathercasting.

John started his broadcasting career in 1984 as a commercial pilot, flying a Cessna 152 over Winnipeg broadcasting traffic reports on two local radio stations. During ten years on that job, he earned 7,800 hours of flying time. John transitioned into television in 1995 and went back to university in 2004 to study meteorology. He and his wife Kim are an active couple who love all kinds of sports and the great outdoors in all seasons.

Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Spaghetti Bridge Competition

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is celebrating our centennial in 2020 and we want you and your class to be part of the celebration during our Provincial Engineering and Geoscience Week next March. Join us for our annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition, a fun event designed to give students the opportunity to get involved in “hand-on engineering”. Students (grades K-12) plan, design, and build their trusses by using only spaghetti and glue, then test them to their breaking point to see whose truss will support the heaviest load. Your students will also meet and interact with volunteer engineers about how professional engineers provide many trusted and valuable skills and services that make life work better.

Want to earn a pizza party for your class? Need more information and
guidance? Check out our video and Teacher’s Guide at
www.EngGeoMB.ca/SpaghettiBridge.html or contact Danielle Wawryk at DWawryk@EngGeoMB.ca. We hope you’ll include us as one of your STEM choices and join us for a record-breaking year!

Off-Site Sessions (Please check times and locations)

For ONLINE REGISTRATION, new, cancelled or full sessions, please visit www.stam.mb.ca.

Notes: *TIMES AND LOCATIONS VARY **Catered lunch NOT available off-site
***Participants must pre-register for off-site sessions – Registration NOT available at off-site sessions.
****Off-site sessions have limited availability


SC02 Project Wet (10:00-3:00pm)
Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre – n_bays@ducks.ca

Location: Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, 1 Snow Goose Bay at Hwy 220, 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Level: General
Join us at Oak Hammock Marsh for this interactive presentation focused on water and wetland education. All participants receive the project WET activity book filled with experiments and games for K-12.
Café available on site. A couple of activities are outdoors so dress for the weather.


SC03 “Park”ticipACTION (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Riding Mountain National Park)
George Hartlen, Friends of Riding Mountain National Park (www.friendsofridingmountain.ca) &
Valerie Pankratz, Riding Mountain UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (www.rmbr.ca)

Location: Friends of RMNP Learning Centre (154 Columbine Street), Riding Mountain National Park
Level: General
Friends of Riding Mountain National Park and the Riding Mountain UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, two not-for-profit organizations, offer year-round education programming at Riding Mountain National Park. Available for K-12 students, the focus is on being outdoors, having fun and learning in a natural setting. Two of our most popular programs that can be geared to any grade level are “Caching” Riding Mountain and Unearthing the Past. “Caching” Riding Mountain showcases GPS technology and the activity of Geocaching as a means of participating in innovative learning. Unearthing the Past uses real artifacts unearthed from archaeological sites in Manitoba to explain how bones, stones and pottery are puzzle pieces used by archaeologists to understand our past. Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. You may bring a bag lunch or purchase from a nearby location. Please dress for the weather and walking.


SC04 Can You Dig It? (10:00-2:00 p.m. in Morden)
Victoria Markstrom & Yevgeniya Tatarenko, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (Morden, Manitoba) (programs@discoverfossils.com)

Location: Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC), 111-B Gilmour St., Morden
Level: General
Meet at the CFDC in Morden for 10:00am. We’ll begin with a tour, examine fossils, and dig some up in the field (weather permitting). Participants must wear appropriate field gear (closed-toed shoes, hats, and sunscreen; and bring water bottles). Please bring a lunch. More information at www.discoverfossils.com.


SC05 Plant Science Myths (9:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. at the Sage Garden Greenhouse)
Dave Hanson, Sage Garden Greenhouse (sage@herbs.mb.ca)

Location: Sage Garden Greenhouse, 3410 St. Mary’s Road, just 4 km south of the Perimeter
Level: General  (Repeated Session)
Unlock the secrets of plants and explore the science behind their distinct features. A perfect session for teachers who want a deeper understanding of how specific plants have evolved to survive and thrive in varied conditions.


SC06 Plant Science Myths (1:30 p.m. –3:30 p.m. at the Sage Garden Greenhouse)
Dave Hanson, Sage Garden Greenhouse (sage@herbs.mb.ca)

Location: Sage Garden Greenhouse, 3410 St. Mary’s Road, just 4 km south of the Perimeter
Level: General (Repeated Session)

Unlock the secrets of plants and explore the science behind their distinct features. A perfect session for teachers who want a deeper understanding of how specific plants have evolved to survive and thrive in varied conditions.


SC07 Excite Your Students with Space! (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Manitoba Museum)
Scott Young, The Manitoba Museum (scyoung@manitobamuseum.ca)

Location: Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg
Level: K-6
Space is one of those topics that kids can get excited about. It’s also a great theme to spread across your curriculum, from science and math to art and language to health and physical education. Learn ways to engage your students in many subjects using space as a gateway. You’ll visit the Planetarium and see how the new digital projection system can wow your students while providing an immersive perspective. You’ll see how space content can be used in different subjects and as a way to tie together different curricula into real-world examples. We’ll send you back to school with handouts, lesson plans, and ready-to-use activities for your students.


SC08 Sustainability in the Classroom (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Manitoba Museum)
Scott Young, The Manitoba Museum (scyoung@manitobamuseum.ca)

Location: The Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg
Level: 6-12
Most of the most pressing problems facing the world today involve sustainability. Whether it’s energy, climate change, agriculture, or transportation, sustainable practices are important. We will explore the idea of sustainability using hands-on activities, student observations, and ideas you can use in your own classroom. We’ll look at green energy experiments you can do and play as a team to save Lake Winnipeg using our state-of-the-art Lake Simulator. We will also share best practices for incorporating sustainable practices into our classrooms.


SC09 Outdoor Science at Fort Whyte Alive (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fort Whyte Alive)
Katrina Froese, Fort Whyte Alive (www.fortwhyte.org)

Location: Fort Whyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Rd. Winnipeg
Level: 6-12
FortWhyte Alive can get your students out of the classroom engaging in science through learning about local ecosystems, using field science equipment, and collecting important environmental data. This workshop will introduce participants to the programming offered this year at FortWhyte Alive – through your own experiential learning! Learn about hands-on science experiences offered through onsite environmental science themed programs, and the Riverwatch water monitoring outreach program, a citizen science option that will increase your students’ understanding of water quality issues in Manitoba waterways. Please dress for the outdoors. The Buffalo Stone Cafe onsite will be open to purchase lunch. (You will be asked to pre-order from the menu upon arrival if desired.)


SC10 Inquiry learning at the Youth BIOlab (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Hospital)
Meghan Kynoch & Stephen Jones, St-Boniface Hospital Research (mkynoch@sbrc.ca)

Location: Youth BIOlab, St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, 351 Taché Ave, Winnipeg
Level: 6-12
The Youth BIOlab at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre works with over 4800 Manitoba youth each school year. Come see how we design inquiry projects with students, get some examples of how to translate this process for your class and get some experience working with live cells.


SC11 Grade 9 Teaching About Electricity (9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Manitoba Electrical Museum)
Jehu Peters, Manitoba Hydro

Location: Manitoba Electrical Museum at 680 Harrow Street, Winnipeg
Level: 9-12 (maximum 20 participants)
In this all-day workshop sponsored by Manitoba Hydro, teachers will learn to use material to address the outcomes of the grade nine science electricity unit. The workshop is presented by Jehu Peters, a teacher in Seven Oaks School Division. This workshop was designed by Don Metz, University of Winnipeg, and an outcome-based module written by Don is included. Lunch and refreshments provided.


SC12 Manitoba Envirothon (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Spruce Woods Provincial Park)
Jennifer Bryson & Sloan Cathcart, Manitoba Parks (Jennifer.Bryson@gov.mb.ca)

Location: Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Level: 9-12 Also offered on-site at Westwood Collegiate
Envirothon is an annual hands-on environmental education competition for high school students designed to encourage teamwork, problem-solving skills, and public speaking skills while fostering an appreciation for current environmental issues. The program incorporates curriculum-based environmental learning and assists students in developing their personal knowledge and skills in order to apply critical thinking to create meaningful solutions to real world environmental issues. Learn how to get involved in the program through this hands-on interactive training session. A must-attend session for both new and experienced Envirothon advisors! Please dress for the outdoors/weather (sturdy hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen and rain gear) and bring along your water bottles. A hot dog lunch will be provided.


SC13 Introduction to Quantum Computing (3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Red River College on Princess Street)
Jon Ziprick, Red River College (jziprick@rrc.ca)

Location: Red River College, 160 Princess Street
Level: 9-12
Experimental demonstrations will be used to reveal the underlying quantum mechanical nature of reality. We will see how quantum mechanics can be used to develop a completely new kind of computer. We will learn how to program a quantum chip and run algorithms on an IBM quantum processor. You are encouraged to bring a laptop.

On-Site Sessions

SC01 Morning Keynote Speaker – Theatre
9:00-10:00
Meteorology Versus The Mudslingers; The Science of Your Weather Forecast
John Sauder, CBC Meteorologist

10:30-3:30 Full Day

SC14 Manitoba Envirothon
Patricia Pohrebniuk, Manitoba Forestry Association (ppohrebniuk@thinktrees.org)

Level: 9-12 Also offered off-site at Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Envirothon is an annual hands-on environmental education competition for high school students designed to
encourage teamwork, problem-solving skills, and public speaking skills while fostering an appreciation for
current environmental issues. The program incorporates curriculum-based environmental learning and assists
students in developing their personal knowledge and skills in order to apply critical thinking to create
meaningful solutions to real world environmental issues. Learn how to get involved in the program through this
hands-on interactive session! Learn how to get involved in the program through this hands-on interactive training session. A must-attend session for both new and experienced Envirothon advisors!

10:30-12:30 Two Hours

SC15 Digital Literacy Opens the Door to Digital Learning
Margaux Miller, ICTAM (mmiller@ictam.ca)

Level: General Repeated Session
To enable teachers to incorporate ICT skills and resources into teaching practices. Topics include basic skills such as utilizing Google Classroom, Google Docs, and tech for instruction as well as basic coding.


SC16 Early Years Make & Take
Jacqueline Monteith, Frontier School Division (jacqueline.monteith@fsdnet.ca)

Level: K-4
Wanting inspiration, new ideas, and materials to use with your class immediately? This session will focus on a variety of Early Years clusters, and will explore effective activities to inspire teachers and students alike. Please note: this session will focus on Early Years, however Middle Years teachers will benefit as well!


SC17 Teach coding through Robotics
Priyanka Tuteja & Kane Slavuta, Cogmation Robotics Inc. (priyanka@cogmation.com)

Level: 4-12 (Repeated Session)
Let us get our students ready for ever increasing STEM jobs by teaching them coding early on. Virtual Robotics Toolkit gives each kid access to their virtual LEGO robot and enhances and expands their LEGO Mindstorms experience. Please join us for a hands-on Demonstration of the product that would include:
• Introduction to Virtual Robotics Toolkit
• Introduction to EV3 programming language
• Introduction to Virtual Competition
• Introduction to related Learning content and management system


SC18 Destination Imagination
Shauna Cornwell, Destination Imagination/Winnipeg School Division
(scornwell@mymts.net)

Level: 4-12 (Repeated Session)
Destination Imagination is a challenge program that inspires a global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity. Each year, Destination Imagination issues a new challenge in each of the areas of STEAM based learning including; Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisation, and Social Outreach. Teams of up to 7 students form to solve a challenge and they work together over the coming months to create the best solution they can. At tournament time their solutions are appraised. In doing these challenges, students learn to collaborate together, not only solving the set challenge, but also the myriad of problems that arise along the way. Students learn to communicate with one another and others in a productive, effective manner. They develop many technical skills, learn to look at challenges from many perspectives and learn how to think creatively and critically about the obstacles they encounter and potential solutions. This session will offer an overview of what Destination Imagination has to offer as a challenge based learning program and train teachers how to work as Team Managers to: understand the DI Program Materials such as the Roadmap, Rules of the Road and Challenge Materials; explore the “creative process” and problem solving tools; learn how to implement Instant Challenges; look closely at timelines and time management; understand Interference and how to avoid it; and develop Team Building Strategies and explore other tips for new Team Managers.


SC19 Cube Satellite and Coding Ozobots
Maria Nickel, Ecole Stonewall Centennial School (marianickel@shaw.ca)

Level: 6-12
Participants will learn about the Canadian Space Agency and the MC Cube SAT-1 that will be launching in 2020. They will also create and test their own cube satellite lander. Finally they will be learning through hands-on activities how to code a space cube satellite mission using Ozobots.


SC20 Blueprint Paper Cameras in the Grade 8 Optics Unit
Karl Kleinsasser, Crystal Springs School (kkleinsasser@hsd.ca)

Level: 6-12
Do you want to revitalize your Grade 8 Science Optics Unit? Come learn how to make a supercharged camera obscura, and Blueprint Paper Cameras using discarded lenses from projectors, photocopiers, or projection TVs. These cameras can capture images on blueprint paper (depending on lens aperture and amount of sunlight) in as little 20-minute exposures. The blueprint paper is developed using ordinary household ammonia. Integrate art into the optics unit with extensions into making Sunprints and double exposures. If you can provide your own lenses and boxes, you get to take your camera home with you. Contact presenter for details.


SC21 Yuck or Yum? Investigate Your Foods for Genetic Modification
Claude Lachance & Alejandro Ruiz, Bio-Rad (claude_lachance@bio-rad.com)

Level: 9-12
GM-Oh? Or GM-No!? Nearly half of people would avoid buying food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn the science basics of DNA extraction, PCR, and electrophoresis, and discuss the impact of genetic engineering on the foods you love.


SC22 Wild Yeast and Wild Bacteria for Hands-on Reproduction
Tim Lehman, Portage Collegiate Institute (namhelt@gmail.com)

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
You can give students a hands-on experience with asexual reproduction using sourdough and kefir (cultures of wild yeast and wild bacteria) in your grade 9 classroom. It can be a tasty, messy, fragrant, and creative adventure. You can keep it simple or dive into the complexity. Come to this session to learn about wild yeast and wild bacteria, and to try your hand at keeping them alive. Each participant will receive samples of sourdough starter and kefir, and enough hands-on experience to try this out with your class. And it just wouldn’t be right to send you away without also having the chance to try freshly baked sourdough/kefir pancakes! Bring your appetite and a desire to try something new and different. See you there!


SC23 Physics for Grade 10 Science
Kevin Kitching, Sunrise School Division (kkitching@sunrisesd.ca)

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to try many hands-on activities and demos useful in teaching the Grade 10 Physics unit conceptually. We will also explore resources for “tiering outcomes” to help accommodate the diverse learning levels of students we find in the grade 10 science class.


SC24 Sharing Ideas and Tools for High School Environmental Action Groups
Megan Johnson, Fort Richmond Collegiate, & Melissa Robinson, Ecole Secondaire Neelin High School
(mejohnson@pembinatrails.ca)

Level: 9-12
For teachers looking to bring more awareness of environmental sustainability to their school. Share your experience and ideas with like-minded colleagues. Discuss your challenges and get a new perspective and potential solutions. Coordinate city wide or province wide projects with other schools. You will leave this session feeling positive about what you can accomplish at your school with even a small group of dedicated students. You will have new resources, refreshing project ideas, and a network of colleagues to touch base with when you have questions or challenges.


SC25 Ruben’s Tube Make & Take
Kaitlynn Buffie & Noah Joseph, River East Transcona School Division (kaitlynnbuffie@gmail.com)

Level: 9-12
We will be constructing Ruben’s Tubes, also known as a standing wave flame tube. We will walk you through the construction and demonstrate how it can be used to support the grade 11 physics curriculum. Please bring $50 for supplies (and a drill if possible).

10:30-11:30 – 1 Hour

SC26 Prairie Raptors
Simone Brandson, Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (pwrcwilded@gmail.com)

Level: General (Repeated Session)
It’s hard to believe that a golden eagle, with a six-foot wingspan, could have anything in common with a fast moving, four-inch hummingbird. All birds, even those as different as a golden eagle and a hummingbird, share some common traits, such as feathers, wings, laying eggs and being warm-blooded. However, there are certain characteristics that set the group of birds called raptors apart from other birds. In this program, you will learn all there is to know about raptors, specifically the raptors that call Manitoba home and are helped by PWRC. Not only are raptors very fascinating animals, but they are very important to our environment and many different ecosystems. Our wildlife ambassadors will also be present, so everyone can see up close their special adaptations. We will also talk about PWRC and what we can offer to your classroom.


SC27 The Process of Science
Brian Dentry, Educom (briandentry@yahoo.com)

Level: General (1-8 focus)
How do we know what we know? How do scientists think? Do they think differently? What are the key ‘habits of mind’ that scientists practice that enable them to make discoveries? There are many resources available to help us teach ‘what we know’ – the science content that fills textbooks, the Internet, and other resources.
Few of these resources explicitly address ‘how we know’ content or the scientific laws. We might feel that the process is implicit in our teaching, or that we don’t have much time to teach the process when there is so much content to cover. Come explore the ‘Process of Science’, a classroom resource developed to introduce students to the imagination and powerful process of science. Engage in hands-on, inquiry activities that will encourage students to explore their problem-solving, collaboration, and creative skills. In this session, we will look at why teaching ‘the process’ can support – rather than replace – teaching the content, and help you to integrate the process of science into your classroom.


SC28 Scaling Mt. Everest
Dalip Shekhawat, St. Amant (dlsshekhawat@gmail.com)

Level: General
Climbing Mt. Everest was a huge undertaking physically, mentally, and financially. It was the culmination of years of planning, preparation and intense physical training. In this presentation I would like to share my climbing experience and training regime, as well as the barriers I encountered, the skills I learned and effects of high altitude on the body.


SC29 Using STEM to Teach Wildlife Stewardship and Environmental Responsibility
Jenna Martens & Zoe Nakata, Wildlife Haven Centre (jenna@wildlifehaven.ca)

Level: K-6 (Repeated Session)
Wildlife Haven has just opened the Murray Education Centre and is excited to announce the launch of its on-site STEM field trips for the 2019-20 school year. These programs will cover topics surrounding environmental stewardship, wildlife conservation, and habitat protection. Each program is filled with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math-based activities suited for students of all ages. This workshop will give participants an overview of the themes and content of our new STEM field trip program with some hands-on demonstrations and a live Owl ambassador!


SC30 Amazing Free Online Program for Digital Age Students
Kathy Miller, Kids Boost Immunity (kathy@kidsboostimmunity.com)

Level: 4-12
Kids Boost Immunity is a free online program funded nationally by the Public Health Agency of Canada with lessons developed by teachers. There are lessons for science and health with links to Manitoba curriculum for grades 5-11. In this interactive presentation teachers will enjoy the KBI learning experience as students themselves. Now in its second year, lessons have been expanded to include new indigenous-led content, inquiry-based activities integrated throughout, a broader lesson scope for all levels, and a completely new set of lessons that aligns with Biology 11. We’ll also have a strong section on evaluating sources for both younger and older students (grades 5-12) including looking at thinking/cognitive biases that affect our decision making with accompanying investigative evaluation activities. For grades 5-7 there is a new integrated lesson approach that aligns better with classroom practice, combining science, health, social studies, math, LA, and FA. A unique aspect about KBI is that students earn vaccines through UNICEF when they correctly answer questions, making a difference as global citizens. KBI is completely free and the only thing teachers need to bring if they’re able is their own mobile device, or they can use a computer that will be available. Please note, there is no need to be tech savvy, we will support everyone to be successful, just as teachers support their own students every day.


SC31 IISD-ELA: Opportunities for Classroom and Field-based Education in Freshwater Science
Pauline Gerrard, Deputy Director, Outreach and Education Officer, IISD-ELA

Level: 4-12 (Repeated Session)
As IISD-ELA’s education and outreach program continues to grow, learn about in class presentations and activity opportunities suited to your grade level and overnight stays filled with freshwater activities and data analysis out at IISD-Experimental Lakes Areas in northwestern Ontario.


SC32 Introduction to the Census at School Project for Canadian Schools
Sandra Pereira, The Nexus Data Science Centre, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba

Level: 4-12
I will briefly introduce the Census at School Project (http://censusatschool.ca/about/#z02), a free international online survey project for teaching students in grades 4 to 12 about statistics and census taking. This project began in the United Kingdom in 2000 and now includes Canada, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. Students answer interesting questions about themselves online, then learn how to analyze their class results and compare them with Canadian and international results. The Canadian project is hosted by the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). The presentation will include topics such as getting started, registering and preparing your class, completing the survey and accessing results immediately along with FAQs. I will also share the Learning Activities Resources available at http://censusatschool.ca/learning-activities/, including tips for using your class data, student projects (grades 4 to 8 & 9 to 12), as well as teacher resources (lesson plans, teacher notes, worksheets and student handouts).


SC33 Doing Squid Dissections with Students
Tina Hellmuth, Winnipeg School Division (hellmuthtina@gmail.com)

Level: 5-8
Want to do a simple inexpensive dissection with students? This session will provide you will all the hands-on knowledge and great support videos and information to have students learning about these fascinating Cephalopods!


SC34 Hands-on Activities for your Science Classroom
Sid Greenstone & Tamra Yorke, Hanover School Division

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
Flinn Scientific Canada presents “Hands-on Activities for your Science Classroom”. This is a hands-on session involving some really simple and useful scientific activities that will motivate your students and engage them in the study of various science topics. ALL MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY FLINN SCIENTIFIC for this session. Teachers will be participating in at least four different lab activities during this session. Come with an open mind and leave with some fantastic ideas on how to enrich your existing chemistry program! This is a must-attend session for all science teachers.


SC35 Current Topics in Science
Heidi Werner, St James Collegiate (hwerner@sjsd.net)

Level: 9-12
Looking for new units in your Topics in Science Course? This session will offer lessons and resources for: Human Space Exploration, Marine Biology, Engineering & Design, Science in Pop Culture, and Infectious Diseases. Printed materials will be limited, so bring a flash drive if you would like to bring these units to your classroom!


SC36 Transitioning from High School to University: What We Have Learned While Rethinking Student Experiences
Elke Schattka, Industry & Community Liaison Officer; Joel Semeniuk, CEO of Horizon 3; Krystyna Koczanski, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University of Manitoba (elke.schattka@umanitoba.ca)

Level: 9-12
Representatives from the Faculty of Science will talk about the current science curriculum and student experiences at the University of Manitoba, as well as novel approaches to enhance the university experience and to prepare the students for tomorrow’s job market.


SC37 Motivation, Feedback and Epic Failure: A Gameful Approach to Project-Based Learning
Kyle Geske, Red River College (kyle.geske@gmail.com)

Level: 9-12
This session will review a gameful approach to project-based learning that is both learner-directed and teacher-mentored. A style of classroom project will be presented where clear goals and quick feedback motivate students to demonstrate mastery as it is attained. Specific attention will be paid to the scaffolding and assessment of IT projects for college students. Success with these projects indicates that continuous marking and feedback, a safe space for failure, and some friendly competition, can prove motivational for students, encouraging them to push beyond the minimum requirements and seek excellence in their work. Session participants will be given actionable advice for implementing similar scaffolding and assessment techniques in their own classroom projects.

11:30-12:30 – 1 Hour

SC38 Prairie Raptors
Simone Brandson, Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (pwrcwilded@gmail.com)

Level: General (Repeated Session)
It’s hard to believe that a golden eagle, with a six-foot wingspan, could have anything in common with a fast moving, four-inch hummingbird. All birds, even those as different as a golden eagle and a hummingbird, share some common traits, such as feathers, wings, laying eggs and being warm-blooded. However, there are certain characteristics that set the group of birds called raptors apart from other birds. In this program, you will learn all there is to know about raptors, specifically the raptors that call Manitoba home and are helped by PWRC. Not only are raptors very fascinating animals, but they are very important to our environment and many different ecosystems. Our wildlife ambassadors will also be present, so everyone can see up close their special adaptations. We will also talk about PWRC and what we can offer to your classroom.


SC39 The Bear Pit – Issues in Science Education
Brian Dentry, Educom (briandentry@yahoo.com)

Level: General
Back in the 70s Harvey Pearce, Glenlawn Collegiate, introduced “The Bear Pit” at SAG, where issues in science education (and education in general) were discussed.  Since then we have had two successful sessions and will repeat this again. Invitations have been sent out to key individuals to join us. Possible topics and/or issues will be listed on the STAM website. This session is before lunch hour and if participants want to continue, you can bring your lunch in. The formation of a Science Network to support Teachers in Manitoba will be discussed.


SC40 Using STEM to Teach Wildlife Stewardship and Environmental Responsibility
Jenna Martens & Zoe Nakata, Wildlife Haven Centre (jenna@wildlifehaven.ca)

Level: K-6 (Repeated Session)
Wildlife Haven has just opened the Murray Education Centre and is excited to announce the launch of its on-site STEM field trips for the 2019-20 school year. These programs will cover topics surrounding environmental stewardship, wildlife conservation, and habitat protection. Each program is filled with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math-based activities suited for students of all ages. This workshop will give participants an overview of the themes and content of our new STEM field trip program with some hands-on demonstrations and a live Owl ambassador!


SC41 Invent an Alien
Tina Hellmuth, Winnipeg School Division (hellmuthtina@gmail.com)

Level: 4-8
Interested in a quirky design project for students in Grades 4 to 8? Invent an Alien has been held in conjunction with the Manitoba Schools’ Science Fair for 35 years. Students need to research the planetary location where the aliens come from and then create their alien. A super way to motivate students to read, write, create and communicate… and add technology into their project as well! Come and learn more and meet students who have participated in it.


SC42 IISD-ELA: Opportunities for Classroom and Field-based Education in Freshwater Science
Pauline Gerrard, Deputy Director, Outreach and Education Officer, IISD-ELA

Level: 4-12 (Repeated Session)
As IISD-ELA’s education and outreach program continues to grow, learn about in class presentations and activity opportunities suited to your grade level and overnight stays filled with freshwater activities and data analysis out at IISD-Experimental Lakes Areas in northwestern Ontario.


SC43 Inquiry Based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Projects from the Manitoba Association of Physics Teachers (MAPT)
Robert Striemer, Manitoba Association of Physics Teachers (rjstriemer@gmail.com)

Level: 5-12
For years, MAPT has been engaging Manitoba middle and senior years students with high altitude balloon (HAB) science. Last year, students from a dozen Manitoba schools sent their science and engineering projects to altitudes in excess of 30 kilometres (100 000 feet) to test their ability to explore a distant and extreme environment. Students program Arduino microcontrollers to collect data from a variety of sensors. Flight video is captured with small digital video recorders. Science curriculum connections include grade 6 “Flight”, grade 8 “Fluids “, and grade 10 “In Motion”. Back in the classroom, students can use similar technology to measure the atmosphere (grades 5 and 10 weather). MAPT will demonstrate how a low cost, Internet of Things (IOT) mini weather station can be easily assembled and used to measure temperature, pressure, relative humidity and calculate dew point. The data received wirelessly from the weather station produces, graphs and other visualizations that are shared over the internet in near real time. (Robert Striemer has over 30 years experience teaching science and is an active member of the Manitoba Association of Physics Teachers (MAPT). Robert received a Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011 and the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012.


SC44 Hands-on Activities for your Science Classroom
Sid Greenstone & Tamra Yorke, Hanover School Division

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
Flinn Scientific Canada presents “Hands-on Activities for your Science Classroom”. This is a hands-on session involving some really simple and useful scientific activities that will motivate your students and engage them in the study of various science topics. ALL MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY FLINN SCIENTIFIC for this session. Teachers will be participating in at least four different lab activities during this session. Come with an open mind and leave with some fantastic ideas on how to enrich your existing chemistry program! This is a must-attend session for all science teachers.


SC45 What Your Students Get Up To During Physics & Astronomy Day
Daniel Rickey, CancerCare Manitoba & Robert Stamps, U of M Department of Physics & Astronomy,
(drickey@cancercare.mb.ca)

Level: 9-12
Outreach is important for the Department of Physics & Astronomy and we put great effort into several events aimed at high-school students. For example, the university’s Evening of Excellence and Open House allows students and parents to ask questions about courses and programs, and provides faculty an opportunity to share their enthusiasm about specific areas of expertise. Our most ambitious event is Physics & Astronomy Day where students spend a Saturday performing entertaining and intriguing experiments, touring our research laboratories and talking to physicists to learn about where the research leads and how it benefits our society. In this presentation we describe our activities and discussions with high school students. Find out what your students like, which questions they have, and tell us what you would like to have them learn.


SC46 RRC’s ACE Project Space and ePortfolios
Carolyn Schmidt, Red River College, & Steve Lawrence, RRC ACE Project Space (caschmidt@rrc.ca)

Level: 9-12
The ACE Project Space is an interactive work space where students, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and/or community organizations come together to bring unique ideas to life using cutting-edge technology. Students of the Applied Computer Education (ACE) department utilize the Project Space to enhance their problem solving and technical skills. Working in teams, and mentored by faculty/staff, students create quality projects that will have a positive impact within our community. In this presentation, you will get a glimpse of the innovative project-based learning approach of RRC’s ACE department. The coordinator will describe what’s currently being done at the ACE Project Space, and a Communications instructor will talk about the department’s use of ePortfolios and how that relates to the students’ academic skills and professional development.

1:30-3:30 – 2 Hours

SC47 Digital Literacy Opens The Door to Digital Learning
Margaux Miller, ICTAM (mmiller@ictam.ca)

Level: General (Repeated Session)
To enable teachers to incorporate ICT skills and resources into teaching practices. Topics include basic skills such as utilizing Google Classroom, Google Docs, and tech for instruction as well as basic coding.


SC48 Microcopy 101
Karen Ralcewicz, SBDHS

Level: General
Engage your students with the microscopic world! General use and care of the microscope will be discussed along with making slides for various laboratories. Participants will make their own slides and explore biological drawings with their newly made bug slides.


SC49 Strategic Science Practices
Michelene Reiniger, Manitoba Education and Training (michelene.reiniger@gov.mb.ca)

Level: K-4
Examine how to help your students develop their ability to understand, imagine, think, create and talk like a scientist.


SC50 Superhero Science & Big Idea Teaching!
Jacqueline Monteith, Frontier School Division (jacqueline.monteith@fsdnet.ca)

Level: K-10
Come and see Superhero Science in action! This session will focus on the Big Ideas approach to teaching science. This includes how to use differentiation in multi-grade and multi-stage classrooms, assessments, and approaching the science curriculum in a new way. Applications for early, middle and senior years (K-10) will be explored.


SC51 Teach Coding Through Robotics
Priyanka Tuteja & Kane Slavuta, Cogmation Robotics Inc. (priyanka@cogmation.com)

Level: 4-12 (Repeated Session)
Let us get our students ready for ever increasing STEM jobs by teaching them coding early on. Virtual Robotics Toolkit gives each kid access to their virtual LEGO robot and enhances and expands their LEGO Mindstorms experience. Please join us for a hands-on Demonstration of the product that would include:
• Introduction to Virtual Robotics Toolkit
• Introduction to EV3 programming language
• Introduction to Virtual Competition
• Introduction to related Learning content and management system


SC52 Destination Imagination
Shauna Cornwell, Destination Imagination/Winnipeg School Division
(scornwell@mymts.net)

Level: 4-12 (Repeated Session)
Destination Imagination is a challenge program that inspires a global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity. Each year, Destination Imagination issues a new challenge in each of the areas of STEAM based learning including; Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisation, and Social Outreach. Teams of up to 7 students form to solve a challenge and they work together over the coming months to create the best solution they can. At tournament time their solutions are appraised. In doing these challenges, students learn to collaborate together, not only solving the set challenge, but also the myriad of problems that arise along the way. Students learn to communicate with one another and others in a productive, effective manner. They develop many technical skills, learn to look at challenges from many perspectives and learn how to think creatively and critically about the obstacles they encounter and potential solutions. This session will offer an overview of what Destination Imagination has to offer as a challenge based learning program and train teachers how to work as Team Managers to: understand the DI Program Materials such as the Roadmap, Rules of the Road and Challenge Materials; explore the “creative process” and problem solving tools; learn how to implement Instant Challenges; look closely at timelines and time management; understand Interference and how to avoid it; and develop Team Building Strategies and explore other tips for new Team Managers.


SC53 Welcome to CERN
Christopher Sarkonak, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School (sarkonak.christopher@bsd.ca)

Level: 9-12
Have you ever wondered about the work they do at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, and how you might integrate this into your science classroom? Crocus Plains Physics teacher Christopher Sarkonak was selected as one of 48 high school physics teachers from around the world to attend this year’s International High School Teacher Programme in Geneva, Switzerland. In this session he will be sharing what he learned from the lectures, on-site visits, exhibitions, and hands-on workshops that were presented to help bring cutting-edge particle physics to the next generation of physicists, engineers, and tech specialists in the high school classroom.


SC54 Physics for Grade 10 Science
Kevin Kitching, Sunrise School Division (kkitching@sunrisesd.ca)

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to try many hands-on activities and demos useful in teaching the Grade 10 Physics unit conceptually. We will also explore resources for “tiering outcomes” to help accommodate the diverse learning levels of students we find in the grade 10 science class.


SC55 The Challenge of Quantum Reality
Noah Joseph, River East Transcona School Division (noahjoseph@icloud.com)

Level: 9-12
We will be looking at the Perimeter Institute’s Challenge of Quantum Reality resource as well as other resources for the waves unit from grade 11 physics.


SC56 Wild Yeast and Wild Bacteria for Hands-on Reproduction
Tim Lehman, Portage Collegiate Institute (namhelt@gmail.com)

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
You can give students a hands-on experience with asexual reproduction using sourdough and kefir (cultures of wild yeast and wild bacteria) in your grade 9 classroom. It can be a tasty, messy, fragrant, and creative adventure. You can keep it simple or dive into the complexity. Come to this session to learn about wild yeast and wild bacteria, and to try your hand at keeping them alive. Each participant will receive samples of sourdough starter and kefir, and enough hands-on experience to try this out with your class. And it just wouldn’t be right to send you away without also having the chance to try freshly baked sourdough/kefir pancakes! Bring your appetite and a desire to try something new and different. See you there!


SC57 Algae Blooms: Agriculture, Ecology, and Economy
Claude Lachance & Alejandro Ruiz, Bio-Rad (claude_lachance@bio-rad.com)

Level: 9-12
Teach photosynthesis and cellular respiration together in the context of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Using algae beads together with an algae bloom case study, your students can engage in authentic inquiry investigations to learn about two connected processes and their ecological and economic implications.

1:30-2:30 One Hour

SC58 Using Pseudoscience to Teach Scientific Thinking
Jim Clark, University of Winnipeg (j.clark@uwinnipeg.ca)

Level: General

The session will describe examples of pseudoscience (e.g., ESP, healing touch) and how these can be used to help students develop the kinds of critical thinking skills used by scientists.


SC59 Strategies to Overcome Gender Bias in STEM Education
Lisa Stepnuk, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (lstepnuk@enggeomb.ca)

Level: General (Repeated Session)
This session will look at some of the gender biases that exist in STEM education (based in literature) and how we can interrupt them.


SC60 Science & Animals in Your Classroom
Richard Milbourne, Winnipeg Human Society (RichardM@winnipeghumanesociety.ca)

Level:K-6
We will discuss how animal education and science make a perfect match in your classroom as well as developing empathy in students.


SC61 WHERE Challenge
Jeff Young, University of Manitoba

Level: 4-10
The WHERE Challenge is a program sponsored by Mining Matters. As a regional judge, I will describe the program and what it takes to be a winner.


SC62 Caring for Our Watersheds
Amanda Benson, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

Level: 7-12
An exciting project-based environmental contest that brings ESD and the SDGs into the classroom and beyond! Students research and create proposals on positive changes that they could make in their watershed. Funding is available through Nutrien for project implementation in your community!


SC63 Active Learning in Physics at the Post-Secondary Level
Ruth Cameron, Danielle Pahud & Juliette Mammei, U of M Department of Physics and Astronomy (rcamero@cc.umanitoba.ca)

Level: 9-12
Among the STEM disciplines, physics has led the way in post-secondary education research. Decades of research supports the conclusion that students learn best when actively engaged with the material. At the U of M, we are incorporating evidence-based practices such as audience response systems, flipped classrooms, and peer instruction in our teaching practices. We are curious about the best practices used in high school physics courses and the methods our students have been exposed to. Come explore with us the challenges and successes we have experienced while implementing active teaching methods.


SC64 Talking Dirty About Climate Change
Kent Lewarne, Bob Adamson & Ray Cochrane, Nutrients for Life (klewarne@nutrientsforlife.ca)

Level: 9-12
Agriculture is having an impact on climate change! Come and learn how agriculture is becoming part of the solution. Discussion will include 4R Nutrients Stewardship, GMOs and Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers.


SC65 Bring RRC’s Applied Computer Education Department to Your Classroom
Tara Brown & Stephen Jay, Red River College (tbrown@rrc.ca)

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
Junior high and high school students have been visiting our classrooms at Red River College for many years now through our “A Day in the Life of an I.T. Student” and “Girls Exploring I.T.” events every May. Now we are adding a new event and bringing it to you! Learn about our Travelling Tech Camps where we can bring a focused technology experience to your classroom. No distance is too great, no classroom too small. We love connecting with your students and now we get to do it even more often.

2:30-3:30 – 1 Hour

SC66 Strategies to overcome gender bias in STEM education
Lisa Stepnuk, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (lstepnuk@enggeomb.ca)

Level: General (Repeated Session)
This session will look at some of the gender biases that exist in STEM education (based in literature) and how we can interrupt them.


SC67 Meteorites
Jeff Young, University of Manitoba

Level: 4-12
A review of meteorites, how they are identified, and the meteorite collection at the University of Manitoba.


SC68 Indigenous Technology
Randy Herrmann, Engineering Access program, University of Manitoba (randy.herrmann@umanitoba.ca)

Level: 4-12
This workshop will focus on Indigenous science, engineering and math, and demonstrate some ways that these can be used in a classroom.


SC69 River Watch – Citizen Science for Educators
Kent Lewarne, Nutrients for Life (klewarne@nutrientsforlife.ca)

Level: 6-12
Learn about the River Watch program in Manitoba and how students are generating credible data! This citizen science approach to data collection is going strong across Manitoba thanks to great partners and incredible schools! Come join the network.


SC70 Evidence for Climate Change & Wave Model Application
Brian Dentry, Educom (briandentry@yahoo.com)

Level: 9-12 (middle school and early years are invited to attend)
Anthropogenic climate change is one of the most important issues facing our planet and our students.
Join us to explore the basic science behind climate change and a new classroom resource that will help students to build a better understanding of this important topic. If the Internet’ were a country, it would be the 6th largest consumer of electricity. Our growing Internet consumption can cause serious damage to the environment. From the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics – a series of hands-on activities that explore wave interference, sonar, earthquakes, hearing and gravitational waves will be introduced.


SC71 Bring RRC’s Applied Computer Education Department to Your Classroom
Tara Brown & Stephen Jay, Red River College (tbrown@rrc.ca)

Level: 9-12 (Repeated Session)
Junior high and high school students have been visiting our classrooms at Red River College for many years now through our “A Day in the Life of an I.T. Student” and “Girls Exploring I.T.” events every May. Now we are adding a new event and bringing it to you! Learn about our Travelling Tech Camps where we can bring a focused technology experience to your classroom. No distance is too great, no classroom too small. We love connecting with your students and now we get to do it even more often.

Registration

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  https://stammtspdday2019.eventbrite.ca

Registration available online September 1st – October 25th, 2019

For new, cancelLED or full sessions, visit the STAM website at: www.stam.mb.ca

***PLEASE READ CAREFULLY***

Sessions are reserved at the time of registration. A limited number of spaces for sessions may be available for STAM members only at the registration desk (Westwood Collegiate only) on Friday, October 25, 2019. If you would like to attend a particular session, please register early. Changes to the program may be viewed on the STAM website: www.stam.mb.ca

STAM Membership 2019-2020*

General                        $20.00

Full-time student        $20.00

*Please note membership fees may be paid in conjunction with the conference fee.

Membership includes:

  • Reduced SAGE conference fees
  • Reduced science workshop/in-service fees

Early Bird Full Day Conference Fees (before October 1)                Full Day Conference Fees (Oct. 1– 25)

STAM Member                                               $40.00                         $50.00

Non-Member                                                   $59.00                         $69.00

*Full-time student (non-member)                   $35.00                         $45.00

*(free with STAM membership)

Early Bird Half Day Conference Fees (before October 1)               Half Day Conference Fees (Oct. 1 – 25)

STAM Member                                               $20.00                         $30.00

Non-Member                                                   $39.00                         $49.00

*Full-time student (non-member)                   $20.00                         $30.00

*NOTE: There is no charge for students who are STAM members (including those who pay for their membership at time of registration). Please show student card at Registration Desk.

Lunch  (not available at off-site sessions)         $20.00

(Lunch tickets may NOT be available for purchase at the conference. Tickets must be pre-ordered with your conference registration.)

NOTE: For regular STAM members, your total early bird cost for the conference, including a STAM membership, is $60.00 ($80.00 with lunch). For students who pay for a STAM membership, your total early bird cost is $20.00 (for the STAM membership – no charge for conference – $40.00 with lunch).

On-Site Registration October 25 8:00 -10:00 a.m.

On-site registration is available for STAM members only. Memberships may be purchased on-site.

On-site payment may be cash, cheque or credit card.

  • Please go to the STAM website at stam.mb.ca and follow the link for online registration.
  • Please check website for session updates on new, full and cancelled sessions.
  • Please note that while STAM will not cancel sessions, a presenter might. STAM will do its best to help registrants find alternate session(s) should that happen.
  • Conference fees and STAM memberships are non-refundable.
  • Registration is on a first-come basis and many sessions will fill up quickly.

Urban Prairie Cuisine
HOT LUNCH BUFFET ($20)
11:30-1:30
Join us for a delicious
buffet luncheon, including:
A variety of salads
Roast beef striploin with wild mushroom and chutneys
Grilled chicken with tomato ragu
Herbed baby potatoes
Vegetable medley
Rolls and dessert
Lunch must be pre-purchased.


Exhibitor Displays

Gymnasium
9:00 – 2:30

Nutrition Breaks

8:00 – 9:00
10:00-10:30

Please bring water bottles/coffee mugs.

 

 


STAM AGM
Awards and Reception
3:30-4:15 p.m. (Cafeteria)
Recognize and celebrate excellence in science education. Connect with science colleagues from around the province and beyond. Share a brief history in a year of STAM.
New members welcome to join the STAM Board.
Win prizes!

EVERYONE WELCOME