Science Literacy Week: 6 great ways to learn about climate

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Looking for ways to take part in Science Literacy Week (Sept. 20—26, 2021)? We've got you covered with this list of engaging teaching and learning resources. You’ll find something for all ages…with a focus on the theme of climate.
 

Science Literacy Week is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the diversity of science across Canada. It offers an opportunity to engage with science, and explores the role it plays in tackling the important problems our society is facing today.
 
This year, the unifying theme is "Climate".
 
Canada is home to a diverse range of climates. From semi-deserts in mountain valleys, to coastal temperate rainforest and frozen subarctic, we've got it all! This year's Science Literacy Week encourages us to take a look at how our climates have changed, what our environment may look like in the future, and how this impacts all of us. 
 
To help educators and teachers explore the topic of climate science with their learners, we rounded up some of our best resources and happenings — all in one place! 
 
Here are six (plus one bonus) suggestions for ways to highlight #SciLit week!

 

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1.    Attend a FREE virtual presentation.

On Friday, September 24, 2021 at 1 p.m. EDT, join Renée-Claude, Science Advisor for the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, for a virtual French-language presentation entitled, “Meet the soil critters: a microscopic journey.” Explore the microscopic world of the vermicomposter — or worm bin — and learn how healthy soil is part of the climate solution!

Ingenium is collaborating with the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants (EBTSOYP) and 19 science centres, museums and science communication organizations to bring free virtual presentations to classrooms across Canada. 

Register here

2.    Download free lesson plans and classroom activities.

Did you know Ingenium has a range of curriculum-based lesson plans and educational programs? 

3.    Download climate change infographic posters.

Six colourful, infographic posters explain the main features of climate change and its effects on the environment. Choose from:

4.    Watch these fascinating videos about climate science and renewable energy.

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5.    Explore renewable energy with a science craft.

6.    Visit one of our new exhibitions.

If you are in the National Capital region, check out these three new exhibitions at the Ingenium museums:

Outside Ingenium

To see all the Science Literacy Week activities happening across Canada, visit the Events section of the Science Literacy Week website. You can also download free climate-themed educational posters to display!
 
Finally, you can follow Science Literacy Week on social media with the hashtag #SciLit.

Happy exploring!


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Renée-Claude Goulet

Renée-Claude is the Science Advisor at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, and an Ontario Certified Teacher. Through her background in biology, education and many years of experience creating and delivering programs and exhibits at the museum, she has developed an expertise in communicating key issues related to the science and innovation behind production of food, fibre and fuel, to a wide range of audiences.