Canada 150 Plus

Canada 150 Plus

Science

The following resources are being suggested for Science, but they could facilitate an interdisciplinary teaching approach, supporting the integration of subject areas.

Explore. Teach. Build.

Microsoft Canada is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with the launch of Explore. Teach. Build. Designed for K-12 classrooms, Explore. Teach. Build gives students the opportunity to explore and learn about Canada without leaving their classrooms through Skype Virtual Field Trips. Educators can also access dynamic lesson plans for each field trip, and enter their classroom in a Minecraft: Education Edition challenge to digitally construct a moment in Canada’s history or imagine the future. The program builds on Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to making education immersive, inclusive and inspirational. The program is FREE for educators across the country. Visit microsoft.ca/exploreteachbuild to get started!

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


Tree Canada

Is there a specific area in your community that would benefit from more trees? In 2017, Tree Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to unite in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary by supporting 150 community greening initiatives across the country.

Successful recipients of the Tree to Our Nature, Canada 150 Legacy Program funding are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 to help bring their community tree planting celebration to fruition.

Besides assisting teachers and school in acquiring funds for tree planting initiatives, this website has resources to teach children about the benefits of trees, and the materials and programs for teachers and schools to follow. For further study, the site lists individual tree species; plants, insects and diseases that trees are prone to; information on tree care; the common myths and preconceptions surrounding trees; and responses to FAQs.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary years
Deadline: February 17, 2017


Innovation 150

The Innovation150 website (developed through a national partnership between five of Canada’s leading science organizations) provides information regarding nationwide 2017 science events and initiatives.

  • Power of Ideas – This traveling science expo brings an interactive science exhibit and a hands-on mobile makerspace to 60+ communities across the country.
  • QUANTUM: The Exhibition – Travelling to six Canadian cities, this fully interactive exhibition explores how researchers are taming the fascinating world of atoms, and shares how our country is leading the world in the next quantum revolution.
  • Innovation Stories – This digital storybook uncovers the people, places, and artifacts that tell the story of Canadian invention and innovation, while reaching out to Canadians to contribute stories.
  • Festivals – Hosted in part by Canada’s leading science centres, large-scale festivals inspire curiosity and innovation through a wide range of exciting activities.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


Science Odyssey Website

Science Odyssey 2017 will bring together different sectors from our rich Canadian STEM community through one impactful, collective effort celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Events include science-to-the-streets celebrations, visits to labs, science fairs, talks and conferences, school field trips, encounters with researchers and scientists, museums and science centres special exhibits, community organizations hosting scientific events, online activities, and much more.

Classes or teachers can participate by taking part in the hundreds of activities planned around Science Odyssey, or by volunteering to help, or by organizing a science-related event or activity. Science Odyssey offers you online resources, ideas, tips and easy-to-do activities.

Use Science Odyssey social media channels to promote events and activities; share information, pictures, videos, comments; use Science Odyssey hashtag #OdySci.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years
Deadlines to submit an application: Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 21, 2017


Science.ca

This website provides descriptions of the lives and work of 276 Canadian Scientists past and present.

Some possible classroom applications could be a teacher highlighting the Canadian Scientist of the Day, or student research and/or presentations on famous Canadian Scientists. The scientist data base can be searched by area of research, region or gender. You can also search for Canada Firsts, Nobel Laureates, most popular and major profiles.

The science.ca website also provides quizzes, experiments, science games, ask a scientist, and information on science jobs.

Levels: Middle and Secondary Years


Canadian Biodiversity Website

This website provides information regarding biodiversity across Canada. Topics include the theory of biodiversity, Canada's Ecozones, patterns of biodiversity, species distribution, conservation issues, and Canadian Legislation regarding protection of biodiversity.

This website could be used in a variety of ways. Students could be asked to research specific Canadian Ecozones, their species and threats to their biodiversity. Examinations of past, present and future biodiversity in Canada (eg. 150 years ago, present, predictions regarding 150 years in the future) could be highlighted. Students could debate the sustainability issues related to maintaining biodiversity including economic, social and environmental factors.

Levels: Middle and Secondary Years