NEW GRANTS ALLOW STUDENTS TO LEARN FROM SCIENTISTS: ALLAN
New funding will support teachers in providing high-quality science education to students and encourage exploration of careers in science and technology, Education Minister Nancy Allan announced today at École Lacerte.
“Scientists in the Classroom grants help teachers to develop projects in their classroom that give students the opportunity to interact with professionals in the field of science and technology,” said Allan. “Through these projects, teachers and professionals working in the field of science provide students with leading-edge education that connects with their everyday lives. Students are finding out that what they’re learning in the classroom is relevant and that being engaged with science can lead to exciting careers.”
Grade 7 students at École Lacerte are using the grant to analyze the water quality in the Seine River, with the help of a scientist from the Université de Saint-Boniface and members of Save Our Seine. As part of the project, they will complete physical and chemical tests of the water, and their findings will be posted on the Adopt a River website.
Allan announced a total of $20,000 will be awarded to 22 schools across the province. This ongoing initiative was launched in 2006 for middle-years students and, since then, a total of 99 schools across the province have received over $94,000 in Scientist in Classroom grants. Grant eligibility was broadened in 2008 to include grade 9 and 10 students, and all kindergarten to Grade 12 students in 2011. Schools receive grants of up to $1, 000 to promote science education and scientific literacy.
“We’ve heard from parents and a lot of them are saying they want to see more lessons that get our children excited about science,” said Allan. “That’s why we’re helping teachers develop new ways of teaching science to students and giving them a good foundation for more learning and good jobs in the future.”