Space Educators Institute 2021 Virtual Conference
The Space Educators Institute is a 2-day conference focused on providing training in space themed resources for formal and informal educators from across Canada. The Space Educators Institute aims to create a national learning ecosystem that unites educators across Canada. Our vision is that the space community can support a strong science culture in Canada, through a networked learning ecosystem that could empower anyone to be a 21st century learner and global problem solver, and help accelerate innovation, productivity, inclusion and entrepreneurship. After a successful pilot in 2019, we are proud to announce the Space Educators Institute 2021 will be offered virtually and will run August 5 & 6, 2021.
The purpose of this conference is to support educators and provide them with the tools to teach space science and technology through a series of workshops.
The workshops will be based on the K-12 Earth and Space Science Curriculum and led by educators and outreach professionals from educational institutions, organizations and industries. This will be a unique opportunity that will include a variety of discussions on current topics about space science/exploration. The conference will also provide time for participants to explore the materials and discuss the concepts with fellow educators, workshop presenters and experts from academia and space industries.
Date: August 5-6, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT
Cost: $40.00/ person for the 2 day conference
|Time||August 5, 2021||August 6, 2021|
|12:00pm||Welcome by Dr. Osinski||Amanda Green & Julie Arsenault: #2MartianTeachers share their spark|
|12:15pm||Explore the Institute with Western Space|
|1:00pm||Discover the Universe with CJ Woodford||Perimeter Institute - Telescopes workshop|
|2:00pm||Indigenous Astronomy with Dr. Neilson||Educational Panel Discussion: Teaching and thriving in tough times|
|3:00pm||CanGeo workshop||Western Engineering Workshop|
|4:00pm||End of day 1||Keynote: CSA outreach specialists Janice Cudlip and Parshati Patel|
|5:00pm||End of day 2|
The conference will be held on Gather.town this year! The platform is a more interactive alternative to Zoom. Attendees get to make their very own avatar and move around virtual spaces (workshops, auditoriums, etc...) and interact with other attendees based on their location, just like in real life! This conference will be far from another webinar, virtual conference, and livestream.
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