Perimeter Institute Grade 5/6 STEM Day

Join Perimeter Institute in Waterloo for a day of professional development workshops for grade 5 and 6 teachers looking for fresh, inquiry-based lessons in STEM. Participants will receive snacks, lunch and integrated & curriculum-linked resources free.

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Canada’s role in tracking space junk -Globe and Mail

There’s a growing volume of debris in orbit around the earth, commonly called space junk, that ranges from old spacecraft down to tiny flecks of paint. Canada plays a role in scanning the sky for this junk, which can cause serious damage in the event of an impact. Continue reading

A FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPING A STUDENT-LED LAB ACTIVITY

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by Erin Turner

Intention:

The nature of physics experiments (in the high school classroom) creates a perfect situation to allow students to generate their own testable questions. Many of the safety concerns that might exist in other disciplines can often be avoided when teaching classical physics, as the materials are much more benign. This catalyst was originally designed and tested in an SPH 3U classroom using the concept of friction, but it could be easily adapted to other classes and scenarios.

Scaffolding:

While presenting this process to the class, the steps were outlined using a simple scenario of the students’ choosing (ex/ Does mass have an impact on the coefficient of static friction?). Particular attention was paid to identifying variables (independent, dependent, and controlled), as this tends to be a stumbling block for students, even at the senior level. Using the terms Manipulated Variable and Responding Variable helped clarify for students the relationship between variables more than the traditional Independent/Dependent phrasing.

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Colour Changing Milk | Experiments | Steve Spangler Science

© Copyright 2013 Steve Spangler Science…Written by Steve Spangler

Experiment Materials

  • Milk (whole or 2%)
  • Dinner plate
  • Food colouring (red, yellow, green, blue)
  • Dish-washing soap (Dawn brand works well)
  • Cotton swabs

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