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Three New Experiments in Science Education


Across Canada, innovative educators are abandoning conventional lessons for the spirit of discovery. Outdoor class photo via Shutterstock.

For many students, science and math are two of the hardest subjects to get excited about in elementary through high school, and the quickest to be scratched from the list for post-secondary education. That could be jeopardizing Canada's future prosperity in a world economy that's increasingly driven by technology and leading-edge science.

What's more, it could keep thousands of Canadian youngsters from discovering the joy of discovery that drives actual working scientists.

With that in mind, innovative educators from coast to coast are rethinking how to introduce kids to a subject that both explains why nature does what it does, and can set off rockets in the classroom. Tyee Solutions Society education reporter Katie Hyslop puts these discovery-focused teaching experiments under the microscope in this series of reports from in -- and out -- of the school science lab.

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In This Series


Forest school

Learning Comes Naturally at 'Forest School'

It's a classroom as big as all outdoors. First in a series on new experiments in science ed.

By Katie Hyslop, 8 Sep 2015



Every Lesson Is an Experiment with 'Open Source' Science Class

BC teachers go off-plan, adding sizzle to a subject some find daunting.

By Katie Hyslop, 9 Sep 2015


Kids at microscopes

The STEM Sell: Early Exposure Key to Future Science Careers

Province sees technical skills shortage ahead, yet support for in-school scientist program lags.

By Katie Hyslop, 10 Sep 2015