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Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers

Deadline Extended: June 18, 2012

July 17 to 19, 2012

Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers

The Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers is a three-day professional learning workshop for primary and junior teachers from across Canada. The program shares innovative teaching strategies for integrating science, technology, engineering, and math into classroom lessons.

At the Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers, educators explore how to make science come alive for students. Teachers discover new ways to have students apply their knowledge. Teachers will also be equipped with information and resources to share with other teachers in their home communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and Where Is It Happening?

The Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers will take place July 17 to 19, 2012, at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.

What Will Participants Experience?

At the Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers, educators explore how to make science come alive for students. Teachers discover new ways to have students apply their knowledge. Teachers will also be equipped with information and resources to share with other teachers in their home communities. More specifically, through the course of the institute teachers will

  • explore how to capture students' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by having them apply their knowledge and creativity to solve real-life problems;
  • experience activities that engage students in engineering problems that not only promote science, technology, and mathematics learning, but also connect with literacy, arts, and social studies;
  • discuss resource ideas and topics relevant to primary and junior science, technology, and math curricula;
  • participate in interactive workshops for their particular division, and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns with other classroom teachers;
  • learn how inventions, innovations, and systems are developed, and how technology becomes part of people's lives;
  • enjoy museum tours and social events with elementary teachers from across Canada; and,
  • become motivated and inspired with new ways to share the joys and mysteries of teaching elementary science, technology, and math.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop invites motivated and passionate primary and junior teachers who are willing to share their newly acquired insights and learning tools with other teachers in their home communities.

What Is the Cost?

A registration fee of $120 includes workshop materials and on-site meals during the program. Plans will be set to assist participants in reserving affordable accommodations. Participants will pay their own transportation costs to and from Ottawa.

Can Participants Bring Family?

Participants are encouraged to bring their families to experience the beautiful city of Ottawa while they attend the program. Family members will be provided with unlimited access to the Canada Agriculture Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Participants' families will be invited to a barbeque dinner on the first night of the Institute.

What Is Expected of Participants?

  • All participants are teachers whose main assignment is teaching primary (Kindergarten to Grade 3) or junior (Grade 4 to Grade 6) students. Classroom teachers, teacher-librarians, and itinerant teachers are all welcome to take part in the Institute.
  • Participants agree to partake fully of all workshops, discussions, tours, activities, meals, and events offered as part of the program.
  • Participants are encouraged to share information learned at the program with other teachers in their home communities.

Use of Official Languages

The Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers is a bilingual program. While presenters may be unilingual, bilingual facilitators will be on hand during all sessions. All questions and discussions can occur in English or French, and print materials will be provided in both French and English.

How Can I Apply to Attend?

Please download and complete the Participant Application Form, and e-mail it to education@technomuses.ca. Note that spaces are limited. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance.

Participant Application Form [DOC]