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 Divisiona

An Action Plan for Science Education in Manitoba

An Action Plan for Science Education in Manitoba

Supporting Educators and Fostering Partnerships: Initiatives Underway

Curriculum Essentials
Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning has developed a new resource, curriculum essentials, designed to provide a quick overview of grade-level learning, help planning for student learning and help connect to the Provincial Report Card categories. These resources have been developed for Science, Math and Social Studies for Grades 1 to 8.

New laboratory facility at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre
With support from Manitoba Education, the St. Boniface Research Centre has built a new, state-of-the-art lab for students, which had its grand opening on October 17, 2013. This lab can host full classes of students from across Manitoba for authentic experiences in biomedical science. Modeled on the existing labs of the Research Centre, the BIOlab provides a safe and modern space to experience physiology and cellular and molecular biology experiments.

The Inner-City Science Centre (ICSC)
The ICSC is another state-of-the-art laboratory, where teachers can bring students to do some practical work with the latest technologies. The Centre is located in Niji Mahkwa elementary school and has received support from Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning. Teachers can contact Carole Bilyk at 204-945-1773 or 1-800-282-8069, ext. 1773 for more information.

Fort Whyte Alive!
Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning is providing funding support to Fort Whyte Alive! for enhancing, developing and/or implementing the following educational initiatives related to science and sustainable development:

  1. Learning to Live Sustainably in an Urban Environment.
  2. Arctic Science Experience Centre.
  3. Support to enhance existing programs and connections to curriculum.o

Let’s Talk Science
Manitoba is collaborating on a variety of initiatives with Let’s Talk Science, an award winning charitable organization promoting scientific literacy. These activities include the development of Curiocity, an interactive, web-based meeting place where teens can read articles and watch videos on topics relevant to them, such as current events, health, technology, sports and the environment. They can also connect with post-secondary students and science professionals to explore and discover the science, engineering and technology behind everyday life. This website also includes an online professional learning place for educators. A French language version of Curiocity, Curiocité has also been developed..

Reading Apprenticeship
Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning has conducted a 3-year pilot of Reading Apprenticeship© with three school divisions in order to focus on supporting reading instruction in middle years and senior years schools. Five school divisions are now participating in a new round of intensive professional learning. They are being provided with leadership training and training in reading instruction across content areas (including science) for adolescents, along with resources for implementation. Reading Apprenticeship is an approach to reading instruction that supports adolescents in developing knowledge, strategies and dispositions to become better readers. This initiative draws on teachers’ expertise as readers in their discipline.

Development of teaching and learning resources

The department, in collaboration with other organizations, is developing a variety of teaching and learning resources in a variety of areas including:

Science Safety Resource
In order to support an authentic science education experience, the teaching of science requires students to engage in direct, meaningful and active involvement in laboratory and field-oriented activities. A new resource for teachers, administrators and school divisions has been developed to provide up-to-date information to help educators make sound decisions regarding safe practices in the laboratory in these learning environments. In support of the implementation of this new resource, professional learning opportunities continue to be offered.

Continuous Learning Resource Review
In a continuing effort to provide the students of Manitoba with the best possible learning resources and to assist teachers and schools in choosing quality textbooks, multimedia and online materials, Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning has embarked on a new model for approving resources for use in Manitoba schools. This new process will allow learning resources developed by publishers to be evaluated, rated and approved much more efficiently and timely. High school biology, chemistry and physics resources have been included in the first phase of the process. Over the next two years, committees of teachers in these disciplines will evaluate new resources to ensure that they fit the Manitoba science curricula, are of sound instructional and technical design, are socially relevant and suitable for Manitoba students. Please check out the Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning Website for more information or contact Donna Passey at 204-945-7620.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) resources
ESD theme units have been developed for Grades 8 and 12.
Lake Winnipeg Water Stewardship: A Resource for Grade 8 Science was released to the field in the fall of 2010. Lake Winnipeg and Its Watershed: A Curriculum support for Grade 12 Interdisciplinary Topics in the Sciences was released in the spring of 2013. Learning Experiences related to the Declaration for Sustainable Living posters have been developed for grades K-4.

Water on the Land: Stormwater Management Guide for Schools
With support from the Province of Manitoba, Rivers West developed a sustainable stormwater management guide that includes information on watershed health, outdoor learning, and natural play opportunities, as well as provide useful resources and information on how to get projects started for school grounds. The guide was distributed in March 2012 to over 900 schools in Manitoba and is available on the Rivers West website.

Earth Science Resources
Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning, in partnership with the Prospectors and Developers’ Association of Canada (PDAC) Mining Matters Group, and support from Mineral Resources Division of Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines, have developed three, separate curriculum aligned earth sciences-related resources for Grade 4 (Deeper and Deeper), Grade 7 (Mining Matters II) and high school (Discovering Diamonds).

Health Physics
A resource to support the Health Physics component in the Manitoba Grade 12 Physics curriculum has been developed in partnership with the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. A support document, including Student Edition and Teacher’s Guide, was launched in October 2009. A multimedia DVD support was released in 2011 and sent to Manitoba high schools. It was developed in partnership with the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre.

Severe Weather Education

Teacher guides and posters have been developed to support the Grade 5 curriculum (Weather Cluster) and teacher development related to emergency measures, preparedness, and education about severe weather events.

Life is a Gift: Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation PDF
Organ and Tissue Donation

Education and Early Childhood Learning, in partnership with Transplant Manitoba, has released a curriculum support document for Grade 11 Biology – Life is a Gift: Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation. It incorporates the important health and well-being issues of organ and tissue donation into the senior biology program.