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Friday, October 23
 

10:30

A Data-Driven Chemistry 30 Classroom – My Experiment
For the past year I have initiated used a variety of data sources to teach students about their strengths and weaknesses in terms of concept mastery. During this session I will share the approaches taken, and the various sources of data including student-friendly learning targets, quiz and unit exam analysis materials, a strategy that I call “-1 analysis”, and the process used to address re-writes of unit exams. The context for the session will be chemistry, but the principles could be applied to all science subjects. Please come to idea shop, and contribute your thoughts to this ongoing work.

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Friday October 23, 2015 10:30 - 11:45
Beaujolais

10:30

Beyond the Blue Bin: Exploring Climate Change Education
This session will help you use climate change education to empower the 21st Century Learner. We’ll go into the science of climate change, showcase environmental stewardship and action initiatives from across the province, and discuss how to implement engaging curriculum-connected projects in your classroom (school!)

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Friday October 23, 2015 10:30 - 11:45
Champagne

10:30

Designing Investigations for Physics 20-30
In this session participants will review investigations and experiments that are mandated in the Physics 20-30 Program of Study, explore the design of meaningful student activities, and evaluate student learning using machine-scored items.


Friday October 23, 2015 10:30 - 11:45
Bordeaux

13:00

Chemical Analysis Over the Internet: A Joint Project Between TRU and MHC
This work focuses on the remote determination of the iron content in vitamin tablets. First-year chemistry students at Medicine Hat College analyze the iron content in commercial vitamins during the fall term using simple spectrophotometers. Then in the winter term the analysis is carried out once more, this time utilizing an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, housed at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. TRU has the capacity for remote control of their instruments, allowing them to work with students anywhere in the province, across Canada, and even around the world.

This session will demonstrate how this work can be done, using samples that were prepared at MHC and shipped to TRU. Chemistry faculty at TRU will be online to assist us, answer your questions, and discuss how this technology might serve your own students.

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Friday October 23, 2015 13:00 - 14:15
Bordeaux

13:00

Innovative Chemistry Demos Lecture Series IV – Maki(Ng) Science Cool and Spectacular!
Continue your spectacular science journey with Michael and his staff as he brings you the fourth of his ten part Classic Demo Lecture Series. These fun, easy and inexpensive science demonstrations will not only wow your students but will bring back that love of science on magic, clouds, balloons with “pointy things”, floating objects, party tricks, and bubbles in a bubble with a person inside! Spectacular!

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Friday October 23, 2015 13:00 - 14:15
Ballroom C

14:30

Learning in Motion
Biology-the study of life.  What is a characteristic of living things?  Movement!!!!  Using stop motion video applications have your students capture the processes taught in Biology such as parturition (from conception to birth), transpiration, and cell division by physically building each stage and putting processes together into a short video clip.  Connect visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners through project based learning activities.

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Friday October 23, 2015 14:30 - 15:45
Ballroom C

14:30

The Night Sky on your Computer Screen
Many aspects of basic astronomy are in the curriculum, and it is an appealing topic that can promote interest in science. The high quality freeware astronomy program Stellarium gives simulations of the sky that can teach many concepts in a stimulating way that relates to reality. Basic concepts will be illustrated with demos that can be used in class or assigned as homework.


Friday October 23, 2015 14:30 - 15:45
Beaujolais

14:30

Using Adapted Primary Literature (APL) to Foster Nature of Science (NOS) Understanding in Secondary Science Classrooms
The use of adapted primary literature in classes may be used to increase student understanding of NOS. APL takes primary literature published in the scientific community and adapts the writing so the language is accessible to students. We will give examples of APL for secondary classes and provide teacher perspectives on how APL can be used to teach NOS.


Friday October 23, 2015 14:30 - 15:45
Bordeaux

15:45

 
Saturday, October 24
 

09:00

Otzi the Iceman meets the New Isotopic Periodic Table
In 2008 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) initiated a revision of the Periodic Table that reflects the fundamental role that the isotopic constitution of elements plays in understanding the concept of atomic weight.  This is motivated by the potential misconception that we produce in students when we assign a single number to the atomic weight of an element.  In this talk we will present the new Isotopic Periodic Table of the Elements and will use Otzi the Iceman as a motivating case study to illustrate the use of the Isotopic Periodic Table.  Several online visualizations developed jointly between IUPAC and the King's Centre for Visualization in Science will be showcased.


Saturday October 24, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Bordeaux

09:00

Physics Eye Candy: Teaching Physics Through Infographics
A seasoned veteran of the ATASC Convention (Fire in the Hole: Building Table Top Trebuchets in Science, Who Are You Calling Passive Regressive: New Methods for Regressions in Physics 30), Brad shows you how you can push your students from a shallow, memorization based understanding of Physics to a deeper appreciation through the use of conceptional infographics. These diagrams are packed with information and can be used to help students with remediation and get them thinking about the “why” of the process of solving common problems in Physics 20/30. Brad shows you a collection of pre-made graphics, along with some of his own creation and gives you some tips on how you can get started creating your own (or, like any good teacher, have your students do it for you).

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Saturday October 24, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Chablis

10:30

Classroom Resources for Physics Activities
In this session participants will experience PER in action! They will get to try their hands at classroom resources developed by Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics. Everyone will get to leave with classroom ready materials!


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:30 - 11:45
Chablis

10:30

Homemade Science
Come join Ian Doktor as he shares his passion for constructing Science. Explore different ways to build science demos and experiments in your garage or around your house. Learn to build your very own photospectroscope, telescope, Van de Graff Generator and much more! Ian will also discuss different ways he has incorporated these tools in his classroom including calculating the efficiency of a Trebuchet or using a cell phone to determine the muzzle velocity of a potato gun.

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Saturday October 24, 2015 10:30 - 11:45
Ballroom C

10:30

Ooooh’s and Aaaah’s! Inspring Youth-At-Risk to become scientists
Loud, visually appealing activities for students who are struggling to understand the basics of science. In this session we will complete some hands-on activities that you can take home and inspire your students to become scientists.


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:30 - 11:45
Piesporter

13:00

Keynote- Chris Hadfield

“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

Colonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic “firsts”. In 1992, he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist—Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crew member. Three years later, aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build space station “Mir.” In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks—the first Canadian to do so—and, in 2013, he was Commander of the International Space Station—the first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship—so far.

During his multi-faceted career Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions.

A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He is the author of two internationally bestselling books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here, and has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint coins, and on Canada’s newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams).


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Chris Hadfield

In 2013, the moustachioed Canadian Astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield, captivated the world from the International Space Station (ISS). Read More As he worked, Astronaut Hadfield documented his journey and daily life as an astronaut on the space station with social media. He shared breathtaking photos on Twitter and Tumblr. Have you ever wondered how astronauts sleep or whether it’s possible to cry in space? Chris... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 13:00 - 14:00
Ballroom CD