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

 

-Logan

 

The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program Application 2018

The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program is accepting applications until February 28th, 2018!

“Increasing the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada.”

Information below!


The Verna J  Kirkness Science & Engineering Education Program keeps growing.  In addition to UBC, U of Sask and U of Manitoba there will be three more universities involved in 2018 including the U of Calgary, Univ of Ottawa and the First Nations University of Canada.  Dalhousie and McGill continue to show great interest and may be on board for 2019.  We are also exploring possible partnerships with U Vic, SFU and UNBC.  In 2017 the Foundation also received funding of $500,000.00 from the Sisters of St Ann to establish and endowment fund for the Verna J Kirkness Foundation.

The deadline is February 28th so the sooner the students  apply the better.  The First Nations University of Canada will run April  29 – May 4 2018 and the U Sask program will run  May 6-11, 2018.  The details and dates for the other programs are on the website at

http://www.vernajkirkness.org/

 

Announcement circulated to teachers, schools, and divisions:

The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation(www.vernajkirkness.org), a registered Canadian charity, started this program in 2008 with the goal of increasing the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students graduating from post-secondary programs in science and engineering. In 2018, we will offer 100 FNMI grade 11 students from across Canada a full scholarship to participate in the Program for a week in May. The program will be offered at 6 universities: UBC, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa and First Nations University of Canada. They will do research, meet Elders at the Indigenous Student Centre and experience what it would be like to attend a university. The application for the program and videos of students talking about their experience can be found at the website: www.vernajkirkness.org. The criteria used to select students is their essay explaining why they would like this opportunity and a reference from a teacher or councilor indicating that this experience could be a strong motivator for the student to complete grade 12 and consider post secondary studies.

 

The foundation web site has videos and testimonial from students and faculty mentors. A 2017 video made by UBC can be seen on YouTube and Facebook:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8AROm7KQOA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuDqQHuv_VE. Here is another one made by students from High Prairie Alberta:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuDqQHuv_VE.
I have attached the 2018 brochures are available on the website. There is also the opportunity for teachers to volunteer as chaperones for the week but this is not required for your students to be accepted. The students live in residence and are chaperoned at all times either by their faculty mentor or a teacher chaperone. I have also attached a brief bio of Dr. Kirkness. <Available here: Bio Dr. Verna J. Kirkness 2018>

We would like to have applications from as many Saskatchewan school boards as possible as this will provide an incentive to partner with more  universities. All of the application information which is now available in both English and French is on the web site(www.vernajkirkness.org).

Kindest Regards

Pat Lauzon
(604) 536-3804 (h)
(604) 828-8049 (c)
pl58@hotmail.ca

PD: 3rd Annual Physics Colloquium

Attached in the link below is a copy of this form for the 3rd Annual Physics Colloquium – Logan

3rd Annual Physics Colloquium

Fields in physics: gravitational, electromagnetic, and quantum.

At the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Department of Literacy and Adult Education, Regina Campus

When: April 27, 2018, 9:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Room TBA, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus
Who: Dr. Martin Beech

Description

The session will deal with the following topics: Concept of fields, field theory and the meaning of field strength; Gravitational field in Newtonian physics; Gravitational field in Einstein’s physics; Electric and magnetic field; Electromagnetic field and Maxwell’s Equations; Concept of fields in modern physics

The session will be a mixture of lecture style presentation and group discussion to explore the conceptual aspects of fields in physics. Efforts will be made to provide as many examples as possible for solving problems using the concepts of fields in physics.

No advanced knowledge of mathematics will be assumed, but knowledge of basic mathematics will be helpful.

Registration                        (deadline: April 18, 2018)

Name:  _____________________________      Phone/E-mail: ______________

Dietary Restriction: ________________________________________________

Cost: $160 (lunch is included).

Contact Person: Afroze Naqvi, Regina, 306-775-7489, afroze.naqvi@saskpolytech.ca; Blair Proctor, Lloydminster, 780-875-5513, blair.proctor@lpsd.ca; Chris Buzinski, 306-229-6455, CBuzinski@gscs.ca

Please e-mail the registration to Afroze Naqvi, afroze.naqvi@saskpolytech.ca   Fax: 306-775-7768

VISA or MasterCard payments can be made by phoning Accounting office at:  306-775-7452 or 306-775-7336

IF AN INVOICE IS REQUIRED FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE PAYMENT, PLEASE COMPLETE:

Name of Organization:  _________________________________________________________________

Address:  _______________  City/Town _____________   Province: ____ Postal Code ______

Attention:  __________________       E-mail address for invoices:  __________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

For Sask. Polytechnic Accounting Office Coding Purposes Only for $160 Payment:
Invoices:
WQ74                      $152.38                TFAMISC  WQ74      $152.38
                WGR5                      $    7.62                                   WGC2      $     7.62 

Global Learning in AG Conference (Online)

We would love to help “spread the word” about this professional development opportunity with the goal of “tearing down” barriers to teachers advancing global learning in agriculture:  #GLAG18: Cultivating Global Learners.  Our keynote should be great, “Transforming Global Agriculture Through Youth Engagement” with Appiah Boateng, founder and Executive Director of 4-H Ghana, and Trent McKnight, founder of AgriCorps. You might enjoy this short clip from Trent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAuD-9CEzdQ

This is our third year of the conference in an online format. You can search #GLAG17 or #GLAG16 on Twitter to get a feel for past “feeds”.

I want to  make sure you are aware of two things:

1)      We want to learn from you! Submit presentation proposals.

  1.       We are soliciting sharing of scholarship and best practices for advancing the dialogue around Global Learning and participants have two options for dissemination of their innovation and research: synchronous or asynchronous. Submissions are really simple and are due on November 15th. Truly, this is for ANYONE passionate about global engagement in agriculture. All levels of educators are welcome (secondary and post-secondary). This is a non-discipline specific, unbiased sharing of scholarship of research and creative accomplishment and scholarship of teaching and learning.  You can learn more here: http://aese.psu.edu/teachag/global/global-learning-in-agriculture-conference/request-for-applications

2)      Sharing is Caring.

  1.       I know when you find something it awesome, the only thing that makes it better is sharing with someone else! There is a limited availability for the awesome Conference-in-a-Box! Please personally invite friends and colleagues that you think would be interested J: http://www.cvent.com/events/global-learning-in-agriculture-conference-glag18-/event-summary-daa92625b5034d9c816e30f57cd6a9f0.aspx .

Feel free to call or email if you have questions or would like additional information!

Daniel

Daniel D. Foster, Ph.D.
Student Teacher Coordinator
Penn State Teach Ag!
@FosterDanielD
(c) 814-753-2102
(o) 814-863-0192
211 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802


Previous Recordings of the conference are available here:

2016 conference recording

2017 conference recording

Pandas: The Journey Home

Pandas: The Journey Home

Free Teacher Preview!

4pm-6pm Tuesday, October 17th

YOU’RE INVITED TO
The Kramer IMAX Theatre

National Geographic Presents: Pandas: The Journey Home

Register Now

Sign in at the IMAX lobby, then explore the exhibit floor and preview teacher resources and workshops related to the film. Then, we’ll serve you some light refreshments and start the movie at 5:00pm.  Of course, it’s completely free for you!
Learn more about Pandas: The Journey Home here>>

This evening is for teachers and student teachers only. No guests or children will be allowed entry. Pre-registration is required.

Contact Peg at 306-791-7943, 1-800-667-6300 ext 3, or bookings@sasksciencecentre.com to register.

Computer Science PD @ U of S in June!

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan is offering a one-day teacher’s workshop for Saskatchewan high school computer science teachers.

From our department’s perspective, a strong CS curriculum in high school is more important than ever: starting this past September, we designated high school CS 30 as a pre-requisite for direct entry into our stream for Computer Science majors, which traditionally had not been the case.

Novice or first-time computer science teachers are particularly welcome, as are teachers/administrators from schools that do not currently offer CS 30 but might consider doing so in the near future.  We also welcome more experienced CS teachers, who we hope will be willing to share their experiences with implementing the new provincial CS curriculum.

We have money for this (generously provided by Google and their CS4HS program), and we can cover travel expenses for out-of-town teachers, and possibly even substitute teaching costs.


The basic event details are as follows:
What: Computer Science Teacher’s Workshop
Where: Saskatoon, University of Saskatchewan Campus
When: Friday, June 2nd, ~8:30am to ~4:00pm
Interested participants can contact Dr. Jeff Long: jeff.long@usask.ca

Planet Protector Academy

Planet Protector Academy for Grades 3-6!

An innovative digital-led program that teaches students about energy and transportation and empowers them to lead change in their families!

Looking to integrate environmental education, collaboration and blended learning into your classroom… and still save on prep time? The Academy is a unique digital-led resource that trains students as ‘apprentice’ Planet Protectors and sends them home on superhero missions to change their families’ energy & transportation habits!

“It worked out really well! Kids loved it and liked the point system. We are looking forward to the next level!” Grade 3/4 teacher, Saskatoon

Fully funded (FREE!) to teachers in your area, the Academy helps you:

*   Save time with 6x1hr pre-planned lessons – no training required

*   Engage diverse learners through a fun arts-based and interdisciplinary approach

*   Meet curriculum outcomes for Grades 3-6 in Arts, Science, Language and Social Studies (curriculum links doc coming next month!)

*   Easily integrate tech into the classroom

*   Inspire students to collaborate and apply their learning to change the world!

Sign up for FREE @ http://planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan/<http://planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=ppa-promotion&utm_content=other>

Want to know more? Check out the two minute video<http://planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=ppa-promotion&utm_content=other> for a quick overview!

STEAM and CWSF

Attached you will find an informational one-page document on the upcoming STEAM event as part of the weeklong celebration that is the Canada-Wide Science Fair.   This years’ CWSF is being held May 14-20th, 2017, at the University of Regina, in the Centre for Kinesiology, Health, and Sport (CKHS) Building.

Please keep in mind that registration for STEAM 2017 OPENS on the Monday that you get back from Winter Break (Monday, February 27th, 2017).  Registration is also electronic and is hosted by Agriculture in the Classroom.  Registration CLOSES on Friday, March 24thSpace is limited!  It is also FREE to attend for students and their adult chaperones!  This event is for students Grades 5 and up.  For staff members this event is an excellent PD opportunity to see the latest and greatest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics within a single venue.

I would STRONGLY recommend attendance for all PVSD students and staff to this event.  The opportunity to see national-calibre, inquiry and project-based science only comes around every so often! (The last time it was in Saskatchewan was almost 20 years ago). As one of the chairs of the STEAM event, I can honestly say that the displays and opportunities that are available to students and staff alike, will be nothing short of spectacular!  At present the display booth space available is very quickly being booked up, and many other events, presentations, and engaging pieces are continuing to fall into place.

 

Here is the AITC website listing:

http://aitc.sk.ca/program-registration/steam-registration

 

and here is the official program page:

http://aitc.sk.ca/school-programs/steam-2017?ArtMID=471&ArticleID=53&tabid=89