“It’s Your Experiment!” High School Science Teacher Conference 2008 (Oct 24th & 25th)

From the Michael Smith Laboratories

Thanks for coming!

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Thanks to everyone who came out! And kudos to Science World and GenomeBC for their roles in this as well. Looked like things went pretty well overall. The website should be fleshed out by weeks end, with the talk videos going up, and pdfs of teaching activities ready for display. Would love to hear some feedback, which you can always leave as a comment (see “leave a comment” text above).

In case, you’re a totally new reader to this website and someone who didn’t participate in the conference, here is the first post reprinted so that you can get a feel of what this website is all about.

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Stuck in here for a day or two (link)

Written by David Ng

October 26, 2008 at 9:20 am

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Photos from the Conference

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October 26, 2008 at 9:00 am

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resources for activity

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BC Biodiversity and Beyond

Natural Resources Canada

David Suzuki website

for teachers: realclimate.org

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October 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Final state of activity

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Sustainability resource
“We the undersigned, senior members of the world’s scientific community, hereby warn all humanity… A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.”
(UCS, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity 1992)

“At the heart of this assessment is a stark warning. Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of the Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.”
(MEA, Living Beyond Our Means 2005)

Your Industry:

General Info about your industry/issue

Pro/Con of your industry (from an environmental perspective)

Proposal for Change (POSITION PAPER)
–    What is it? How would you implement? Who would be affected? How long would the changes take to make a difference?
–    Include how much changes would cost, both for implementation and effect on industry (approximate)
–    Optional:  How will you explain this proposal to your community?

How will you present it to the class?

Note: the proposal will be evaluated to the class and then you can use the feedback to reshape your proposal

Final Proposal for your industry
Note: activity could end here.  Students hand in their individual final proposal.

Priority of each project
As a class or individually, students figure out what projects to implement with the financial constraints (e.g. $1 million).
Students must explain why they made their choices.

Option 1 (proposal only) Marking:
Students show an understanding of the issue, showing more than one side. Can they see counterpoints?
Are the changes plausible?
Is the proposal well-written? (sentence, form, grammar, etc.)
Are the reasons based on researched science? Are the social and economic factors considered?

Option 2 with Marking
Present the proposal to fight for chunk of money – each group provides a written summary of their proposal.
Students individually act as a panel of judges for all industries and allocate funds to projects.
Students must explain their decisions and support their position with valid evidence.

Written by teamredred

October 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm

activity

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The province can’t continue to use resources at the current rates. If we don’t change practices, the following industries will no longer exist in the province:

  • forestry
  • fisheries
  • mining
  • fossil fuels
  • water management (energy and drinking)
  • tourism
  • agriculture (both plants and animals)

Note: the areas with two subsets could be split depending on size and interest of class.

There should be 3 to 4 students per group.

Students will have to research the following for their industry: (note: they could be encouraged to talk to someone working in their assigned industry)

  • general info = what is X, why is it important
  • pros/cons = benefits to province (including $) and negative impacts of the current practices
  • Students will write a ‘Proposal for Change’.  This could include researching environment-friendly practices.
  • This proposal will be presented to the class
  • Class will critique each proposal.  This critique should be constructive and offer ways to improve the proposal for change.
  • Students can redesign their proposal based on feedback and submit to the teacher for grading.

Note:  All of the industries have pros and cons so the students should find sources that represent both sides.

An additional step would be to have the students rank what steps in what industry are most important and need to be done vs. those steps that could wait.

Things still needed:

  • website sources with credible information for teachers
  • criteria for assessment
  • graphic organizers

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October 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Saturday’s Workshop Survey

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As another way to capture your ideas, we’d like you to fill out this survey!

Written by joannealisonfox

October 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm

quotes to start activity

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“We the undersigned, senior members of the world’s scientific community, hereby warn all humanity… A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.” (UCS, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity 1992)
“At the heart of this assessment is a stark warning. Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of the Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.” (MEA, Living Beyond Our Means 2005)

Written by teamredred

October 25, 2008 at 1:24 pm