Global Youth Institute 2018 in Iowa!

2018 Global Youth Institute (GYI) will be held this fall in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct 17-20.


The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture will once again be accepting applications in order to select two students and their teachers or mentors to attend.


Global Youth Institute Poster (shown to the right) : GYI Poster 2018


If you are interested (or know other educators you think would be), please fill in or circulate the following application.

GYI Fillable Application Form 2018




Environmental Science 20 Resources

Click here for Environmental Science 20 resources by Carla Cooper.  Note that this is developed in the story of a world traveler and does not follow units as written in the curriculum – all units are covered, just told differently as described below or on my blog

This semester, you are going to begin your travels around the globe.  You are a world traveler!  You will be presented with a number of challenges and must travel the world to research and help develop solutions to these issues.

As you move through this course, you MUST keep a log book (your coil bound notebook).  This will be a book where you keep jot notes and drawings; a book that you will carry with you in your “backpack” all the time!  Think of this log book as your passport! Successful completion of your assessments, unit projects and student-directed study action project will be considered your passport stamp and will allow for you to continue your journey.

You will need this book as we assess your knowledge in the future, therefore, you must keep this book in good condition and bring it with you to all classes.  This book will travel with you on your outdoor and indoor adventures around the globe.

This semester, we will be focusing our energy into looking at how we, as individuals of Saskatchewan, can help solve global problems that are not only having an impact on the world population today but will continue to impact for years to come.

Did you know that By 2050, there will be at least 9 billion people on the planet? And, in the next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food that they have in the previous 10,000 years combined! 

Wow – what kind of environmental impact will that have on our world? Throughout this course we will be looking at current events as well as past events that have shaped our world as we know it today, and how we have adapted and mitigated those natural as well as man made events.  How will our Aquatic systems, Terrestrial systems, and Atmospheric systems be impacted by the pressure to produce more food for a growing Human Population?  Throughout this course we will continually examine careers that are related to Environmental science, and will look at scientists who have had a major impact on our world with their work.  With more people, and more industries required to sustain our current population, we inevitably produce more waste.  How will we be able to safely manage the vast amount of waste produced?

It’s time to “Think Globally, Act Locally”!

So, gather your notebooks and pack your backpack! Take as many notes as you can, and keep all of your information in an organize manner as you will find that one journey blends into another.  You are now boarding AIR COOPER!


Saskatoon Teachers: Pharmacy Students in Your Classroom

Greetings all!

Shayan Shirazi ( and her fellow pharmacy students at the University of Saskatchewan would love to present to your science (Biology, Chemistry) classrooms specifically on topics of drugs and medicines!

This is a great opportunity for your classroom to get connected with students from the university, not only providing these pharmacy students with an opportunity for community involvement and outreach but also to get some knowledgeable, eager, and enthusiastic post-secondary perspectives in your classroom!

Send Shayan an email for more information!



Please see below for an opportunity to send tomato seeds to the ISS!

  • Logan

Let’s Talk about Tomatosphere™! A program offered by Let’s Talk Science, where we send tomato seeds that have spent time on the International Space Station to teachers – for FREE.

We would love the teachers in your Board to know about this great program. Tomatosphere™ registration is open to all educators teaching Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Canada, and we have lots of seeds left for this spring.

Click here to download or save a flyer that can be circulated to your educators and/or administrators to let them know more about how to get involved!

Visit to take a look at the classroom resources we offer to go along with the program. All resources are divided by grade ranges and curriculum aligned to help your educators make the most of this program.

In case you are new to Tomatosphere™, here is a quick snapshot of the program:

  • Uses the excitement of space exploration as a context for teaching students the skills and processes of science experimentation and inquiry.
  • Compares the percent germination of tomato seeds which have been treated in space or space-like conditions with a control set of seeds.
  • Available to Kindergarten to Grade 12 students and their educators at no cost.
  • Applicable to curriculum topics across many disciplines including living things, plants, soil, habitats, space, nutrition, weather, environment along with scientific processes.

We truly appreciate your support. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email me, Lorna Collins, at You can also reach me by phone at 519-474-4081 x231.

Thank you in advance!
Kind regards,

Lorna Collins
Project Coordinator
Tomatosphere™/Let’s Talk Science

Canadian Light Source – Student Experience

Choose a topic, collect your samples, and visit the CLS to conduct your experiment!

This new program provides an engaging opportunity for secondary students to experience a scientific investigation connected to curriculum. Visit for available dates.


Food Science – How might geographic location and differences in soil composition affect the elemental composition, (particularly nutrients) of coffee beans you can purchase locally?
How might the nutrients and related chemistry of locally-grown or collected traditional plants compare with the chemistry of vitamin supplements?

Soil Science – How might chemical composition of soils differ based on the ecozone from which they were collected?
How does chemistry change between each horizon of soil from the same ecozone?
How does exposure to human activity such as simulated agricultural runoff or simulated acid rain affect the chemistry of soils?


PDF version of this opportunity here: Light Source Student Experience