Things you can do in your classroom to encourage STEM
Attitudes toward STEM often start in school. So, as a teacher, you're in an excellent position to encourage all of your students to #ChooseScience.
Get the right tools, for free
Bottom line: STEM is fun! Show your students that. There are loads of great, free classroom activities already out there. Here are a couple to get you started:
- For different ages: Government of Canada
- Early years: IdeaPark from Let's Talk Science
- Grades 7 to 12: Perimeter Institute, CurioCity by Let's Talk Science
Check your own bias
We all have bias. Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Atlantic) for 2011–16, invites you to visit the WISE Atlantic site to take a gender career test that checks unconscious bias and to discover other great resources for teachers.
Get creative with technology
There's no shortage of cool new gadgets these days with content that kids love. You can help them be in the driver's seat by showing them that technology is a tool they can use to express their creativity. Why not plan a day where students learn to code? Get started with activities from Codemakers, a national program delivered by Actua. A number of French resources are also available to help you with your science programming: Folie technique, Génitrucs and Musée Armand-Frappier.
Invite an astronaut
Did you know that you can invite an astronaut or other expert scientist to come and speak at your school? Get all the details from the Canadian Space Agency.
Chat to parents about having the, ahem, talk
The science talk, that is. Many parents don't know that science is optional in high school. Tell them so they can talk to their kids about all the options. Read about the high cost of dropping science and math.
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