5th Wild About Science Symposium
Telus World of Science opened their doors to 100 delegates attending the 5th WILD ABOUT SCIENCE Odyssey Symposium on November 3, 2012. Educators from 75 schools across 30 school districts in BC participated in hands-on workshops and worked together to generate new ideas for engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math. Dr. Valerie Irvine - from University of Victoria’s Technology Integration & Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab - shared her insights on technology innovation for inquiry-based learning, encouraging teachers to stay “out of the box” and to explore new ways of using technology.
Odyssey Schools – including Carihi, ASIA Sumas Mountain, WL Seaton, Dawson Creek, LV Rogers, AD Rundle, Summerland and King George Secondary - showcased innovative teaching practices and its impact on their students. Odyssey partners from Science World, Genome BC, U Vic Earth & Ocean Sciences and Beyond the Blackboard shared their resources and expertise. Odyssey Teachers - from North Delta, AD Rundle, Steveston-London, Summerland Secondary and Abbotsford School District - acted as Workshop Catalysts to share their creative ideas and help stimulate new ways of teaching.
Workshop topics included: Cool Science World Demos, Genome BC Outreach Resources, What’s in Your Stuff (Earth Sciences), Bridging the Gap Between Field Trips and the Classroom, Engineering Activities & STEM Skills, Inquiry Challenges for Science Process Skills, Science Technology, 21st Century Learning with iPads, and Building Community Partnerships & Sustainable Resources. Mitchell Odyssey Foundation Board Members hosted workshops and helped facilitate discussions. Networking cards encouraged delegates to exchange ideas and turn Odyssey ideas into actions back in the classroom. Boreal Northwest provided prizes and “goodie” bags, and Genome BC provided instructional DVD’s
Several schools were honoured with Odyssey Outstanding Achievements Awards, before closing remarks by Dr. Bruce Beairsto – MOF Director and former Superintendent of Richmond School District. Bruce delivered an inspirational and thought-provoking speech about how to embrace the turbulent times of change and to focus on pace, pedagogy, passion and personalization. He encouraged delegates to try new ways of teaching and learning, that mastery is not the ideal, and that we can fail fast and innovate – in a continuous, collaborative process of learning.
Here is some feedback from a few Odyssey delegates and partners:
The Mitchell Odyssey Foundation Symposium '12 provided valuable information and resources to help Odyssey teachers create more opportunities for students in Science, Technology and Mathematics. The following are presentations provided at this years event.
Wild About Science Presentations
Wild about Science Symposium '12
Technology Integration & Evaluation (Dr. Valerie Irvine)
Carihi Odyssey Presentation
ASIA Sumas Mountain Odyssey Presentation
WL Seaton Odyssey Presentation
Dawson Creek Odyssey Presentation
LV Rogers Odyssey Presentation
AD Rundle Odyssey Presentation
Summerland Odyssey Presentation
King George Odyssey 10
Continuous Improvement Workshops
Science World Cool Demos Workshop
Bridging the Gap Field Trips and the Classroom Workshop
21st Century Learning with iPads Workshop
Science Process Skills/Challenges in Physics Workshop
Build Community Partnerships & Sustainable Resources Workshop
Explore Engineering Ideas for your Classroom
Explore Earth Sciences Workshop