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News Release

Ontario investing in Science North and the Ontario Science Centre to develop Science at Home resources for teachers

(SUDBURY and TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Ministry of Education is investing in Science North and the Ontario Science Centre to develop innovative resources and materials for Kindergarten to Grade 12 French and English teachers. This commitment of $1,500,000 will allow the two science centres to support the delivery of the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum to students at a distance. The two agencies of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries are honoured to work together to elevate Ontario’s school curriculum.

Both science centres have extensive expertise in providing engaging science experiences to students through field trips. Science North also brings hands-on science to students and teachers across Northern Ontario through their outreach programs. This opportunity is a reflection of Science North’s reputation in the delivery of high-quality Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) programming with popular Bluecoats (passionate, dynamic, and professional science communicators and educators). The Ontario Science Centre’s educators and hosts are also well known for their engaging demos and interactive lessons.

Science North and the Ontario Science Centre will support teachers and their work with students, to inspire them and build skills and core competencies through authentic learning experiences. STEM is at the forefront for developing students as they prepare for future academic and career selections. These learning experiences are vital to making connections between everyday life and the STEM disciplines, providing transferable skillsets to other subjects.

Science North will produce videos, lesson plans and printable worksheets in English and French for teachers from elementary school grades. The resources will provide teachers with independent, flexible, and interactive STEM concepts they can teach to their students. The videos will cover each of the four science strands of the Ministry of Education curriculum, while also extending learning in areas such as literacy and mathematics. In addition, professional development videos for teachers will highlight inquiry-based lessons.

The Ontario Science Centre will focus on secondary school teachers, including video lessons in both English and French, accompanying printable resources that will offer additional learning experiences, and professional development teacher videos. 

E-resources for K to 8 are available on Science North’s website in English and French. New resources for secondary school teachers will be posted every Friday on the Ontario Science Centre’s website.

“Science North and the Ontario Science Centre have been welcoming Ontario’s young learners to the wonderful world of science for decades,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Their interactive, hands-on learning experiences, staff scientists and virtual delivery platforms have played a continuous and important role in inspiring the next generation of scientists, technicians and researchers right here in Ontario. I’m proud that these online resources developed through this partnership will support Ontario’s students with the high-quality, accessible content they need to continue learning and growing at home during this unprecedented time.”

“We know the importance of providing parents and educators with additional resources to keep

students engaged and learning during this difficult time,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “Through our partnership with Science North and the Ontario Science Centre we will create new resources focusing on STEM skills that will help our students continue to prepare for the jobs of the future.”

“Science North is proud to be partnering with the Ontario Science Centre to support teachers throughout the province in these unprecedented times. As a learning institution, we understand the importance for educators to receive support in the delivery of STEM concepts at a distance. With our long-standing success of delivering outreach programs in Ontario and being a leader in science, our cutting-edge resources will be a key tool for these teachers and assist in delivering experiences that ignite experimentation, critical thinking, and a sense of wonder to their students. We applaud the Government of Ontario for their support.” 
– Guy Labine, Chief Executive Officer, Science North

“At the Ontario Science Centre, our mission is always to inspire discovery, encourage curiosity, and instill a love of learning. We are pleased to partner with Science North and the Ministry of Education to provide these curriculum-based resources, which are a continuation of the experience we give teachers and students on field trips to the Centre. The education materials include hands-on videos, ready-to-use activities and professional development modules for secondary school teachers and students, which will help to enrich STEM learning at home.”
– Paul Kortenaar, Ontario Science Centre CEO

For more information visit sciencenorth.ca/teachers and www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/CurriculumResources/

In partnership with the Ontario Government.