Government of Manitoba
“Manitoba has demonstrated that it is a leader in providing opportunities for science students that promote scientific literacy. Manitoba needs to continue to grow and develop the new classes of young science leaders who empowered by their knowledge can bring vision and creative insight to the issues and opportunities on the global stage.”
Bob Adamson, Science Teacher in the Pembina Trails School Division

An Action Plan for Science Education in Manitoba

An Action Plan for Science Education in Manitoba

Engaging Students and Encouraging Academic Success: Initiatives Underway



Science Laboratory Renovations

On May 4, 2011 the Government of Manitoba announced the Science Education Action Plan, including a $25 million, five-year Science Lab Renewal Program for the renovation and renewal of science labs/classrooms in Manitoba Public Schools.

School divisions were asked to submit their science lab/classroom renewal priorities with supporting information addressing the following criteria:

  1. health and safety;
  2. age, condition, and suitability of existing facilities; and
  3. student population and the instructional needs of the courses and curriculum delivered.

In addition to the renovation of science labs and classroom facilities, school divisions receiving approval for a science classroom renewal project have access to up to $25,000.00 in additional funding for each renovated science lab to support the enrichment of discipline-specific science lab classroom technology and equipment.
More information is available in the News Release.

My Learning at Home
Manitoba Education has developed a website for students in Grades 5 to 8, which contains links to videos, animations and interactive websites that help explain challenging math and science concepts.

Curriculum Implementation
Continue implementing a world class K to 12 Science Education curriculum.

Grants
Manitoba Education provides grants to school divisions/schools as its commitment to support and promote scientific literacy. These grants provide tremendous opportunities to teachers and students in the area of science education.

The International Students’ Science Fair (ISSF)
In partnership with the Pembina Trails School Division, Manitoba Education hosted the 8th ISSF in May 2012. With Fort Richmond Collegiate as the host school, the 5-day student conference focused on the theme of Living Sustainably: The Role of Science and Technology. The goals of the ISSF are to provide students with opportunities to effectively communicate scientific knowledge and concepts to an international audience and think critically about how effective leadership in science can provide solutions to complex societal issues, as well as encourage cross-cultural interaction between gifted science students, teachers and principals.  Over 300 students, 100 teachers and administrators from 17 countries participated in presentations of student projects, many workshops on sustainability, cultural events and tours around the province. In 2013, the ISSF was hosted by Camborne Science and International Academy, in Cornwall, England.

Science Ambassadors
Manitoba financially supports this project involving University of Saskatchewan graduate students in the areas of natural sciences, engineering or health sciences who spend a significant period of time in northern schools with high proportions of aboriginal students to engage students in relevant and high interest science learning.


Adopt a River

This program has Manitoba students monitoring water quality in rivers by collecting and analyzing water samples, collecting and identifying macroinvertebrate samples from the river, observing, measuring and describing the environment around the chosen site, posting their results directly into a web-based report and developing action plans that could help improve the conditions of the river. Manitoba Education, in partnership with the Education and Water Monitoring Action Group, has been supporting Manitoba schools participating in this program.

Green Jobs
Manitoba Education, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), developed a resource Making a Living, Sustainably: Green Jobs and Sustainability Careers. The guide is designed to provide essential information, resources and tools for students and guidance counsellors about Green Jobs and careers having a sustainable development focus.