Chris Hadfield says Mars missions pose psychological challenges

Chris Hadfield says the psychological ramifications of being so far from Earth will play a big part in missions to Mars. Some of Canada’s current and former astronauts spoke at an event at the University of Ottawa on Friday.

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How do cigarettes affect the body? – TED Ed by Krishna Sudhir

Cigarettes aren’t good for us. That’s hardly news — we’ve known about the dangers of smoking for decades. But how exactly do cigarettes harm us, and can our bodies recover if we stop? Krishna Sudhir details what happens when we smoke — and when we quit. Lesson by Krishna Sudhir, directed by TED-Ed. Continue reading

Survey highlights tensions in public attitudes toward science – Globe and Mail

Three out of four Canadians agree that science and technology are needed to solve the critical challenges the world is facing. Yet, three in five also say that society is “turning away” from science in favour of ideas that are not grounded in evidence or data. Continue reading

Bilingual Ontario Multimedia Curriculum Resources for Science & Technology Teachers

Teachers, Our Incredible World (www.incredibleworld.ca)  offers multimedia curriculum resources for the Science & Technology strand suitable for grades 4 to 11. All video series, lesson plans, games, newsletters/factsheets, career profiles, and other resources are designed with teachers, for teachers. They cover topics such as: habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, species-at-risk, invasive species, and other related life sciences subjects. All videos can be viewed on the site.

Filmed in Ontario, each video series features 2 young people -Incredible World Investigators on assignment to interview scientists and discover firsthand why some species are at risk and what is being done about it. From tracking wolves in the boreal forest in the dead of winter, to converting a suburban lawn into a shared habitat for a multitude of species, including bats, the young investigators have fun, while taking their assignments seriously.

Each series is accompanied by lessons that tie the video story-line to the Ontario’s Science and Technology curriculum. The lessons provide a stimulating mix of science-based class discussions and activities and allow educators to integrate group work, skills-building exercises, research, experiments, art, graphing, data recording, critical thinking, and debating into their classrooms. They culminate with students creating a variety of assessment products including informational posters, graphic organizers, and project assessment reports.

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STAO Safety Mindedness Teacher Training Resource -Updated with Closed Captioning!!!

Closed Captioning Update

The STAO Safety Mindedness (SSM) program is an interactive online training program to train teachers on common safety-related issues in a typical Science (Grades 9–12) and Science and Technology (Grades K–8) programs. SSM is an easy to use, flexible and cost-effective strategy to meet your school’s safety training needs. The training provided by this program helps promote a culture of safety mindedness in your school. SSM has just been updated to include closed captioning.

Content 

Both the elementary and secondary versions of SSM are divided into 8 convenient modules.  The content of each module is consistent with STAO’s safety reference texts, ‘Safety in Elementary Science and Technology’ and ‘Safe On Science, Second Edition’.

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Access

SSM is available, free of charge, to all teachers and can be accessed from the STAO website, blog, or via the following links.  School boards are encouraged to run SSM off their internal servers at no cost.  Contact info@stao.org for details.

School Board Customization Services Available.

SSM can be customized to include board-specific content, e.g., logos, inserts (customization charges will apply). Contact info@stao.org for details.

 

Too expensive to save? Why the best way to protect endangered species could mean letting some go

The provocative new approach aims to protect more animals by prioritizing those that offer the best return on investment, but it could mean saying goodbye to some well-known species

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Stacks of Kinematics Curves as a Card Sort – submitted by Joanne O’Meara of the STAO Curriculum Committee

I’ve been making major updates and changes to my materials in the intro physics course this year. It is the first year we are teaching a yearlong physics class to everyone (10th graders) in  my school as the result of a big curriculum redesign in science, and the first time back to teaching a course like this in a few years for me. I will try to update this blog with each of the new activities and changes as I have time. First up: the kinematics stacks of curves.

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