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Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at www.actua.ca.

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SuperNOVA's workshops are grade-specific and are designed to directly connect to curriculum objectives. Teachers of split classes are welcome to choose which workshop they would like to have presented.  

Workshop Descriptions 

We are proud to off the following workshops:

 

Primary - Exploring With Our Senses

Length: 
1 or 1.5 hours

Connections:
GCO1, GCO2, 100-1, 201-1, 201-2, 201-4, 202-1, 202-2

Description:
Why can dogs hear sounds that humans can't? Why does your food all taste the same when you are sick? By observing and exploring the world all of our senses are put to use. Students will be able to connect their prior knowledge and experiences with those learned in this workshop to develop an understanding of their environment using their senses. Through exciting, hands-on projects and interactive activities students will develop their problem solving skills while expanding vocabulary and communication skills!


 

Grade 1 - Daily & Seasonal Changes

Length:
1.5 hours

Connections:
GCO1, GCO3, 203-2, 101-6, 100-14, 200-3, 200-1, 102-4, 201-5, 202-9, 102-5, 202-7, 102-3, 203-1, 200-3, 202-2, 103-4

Description:
A lot can happen in a day, a week, a century! But things don't transform over night, students will learn about change in terms of cycles in this exciting workshop! From the daily weather to how small changes over time create a big difference. Instructors will be exploring weather phenomena, animals that live in extreme conditions, ways animals and plants protect themselves during seasonal change and more! 


 

Grade 2 - Liquids & Solids

Length:
1.5 hours 

Connections:
203-5, 103-6, 200-3, 103-6, 200-3, 200-1, 100-17, 100-18, 201-5, 202-2, 100-21, 200-2, 100-19, 200-4, 201-3, 203-1, 100-20, 201-7, 102-8 

Description:
In this hands-on workshop grade 2's will be introduced to solids, liquids and gases using water then moving into familiar products making connections about states of matter. Students will also learn about physical properties such as buoyancy, viscosity and evaporation at a grade appropriate level. By the end of this exciting workshop students will have a better understanding of matter and how combining certain liquids and solids can result in useful and interesting products!

 


 

Grade 3 - Materials & Structures

Length:
1.5 hours

Connections:
200-2, 100-34, 101-11, 102-16, 200-5, 201-8, 201-6, 201-2, 203-5, 101-9, 202-8, 202-5, 102-17, 203-2, 203-3 

Description:
By engaging in a hands-on building project students will learn about the materials needed to build a safe, secure and sustainable structure. Students will work in teams to test out different materials in order to build the challenge at hand. Instructors will introduce students to the shapes (both natural and human-made), materials, and methods for construction! 


 

Grade 4 - Light!

Length:
1.5 hours

Connections:
106-1, 106-4, 107-1, 303-8, 107-10, 303-3, 107-4, 108-1, 108-6, 205-5, 303-2, 303-4, 206-1, 205-5, 303-6, 205-5, 303-7, 104-6 

Description:
In this inquiry focused workshop students will explore the properties of light - where it comes from, how it can be reflected, bent, dispersed and much more! Instructors will provide exciting interactive demonstrations to help make connections for students in this often abstract area. There will also be a focus on the function and evolution of optical devices!


 

Grades 4 and 5 - Oceans (NEW!)

Length:
1.5 hours 

Connections:
Grade 4: 205-5, 205-10, 301-1, 302-2, 302-3, 108-3, 106-1
Grade 5: 205-10, 105-5, 204-3, 206-9, 107-12, 302-4, 205-3

Description:
Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and are the source of most life on Earth. In this workshop we provide an overview of the diversity of marine life and then focus in on the endangered North Atlantic Right whale. Students will learn about trophic interactions by participating in an active game where they are designated phytoplankton or copepods, they may eventually get eaten by the whale and turned into whale poop and then back to nutrients! Whale migration routes will be discussed and mapped, whale anatomy and the risk these giants face daily will be explored.


 

Grade 5 - Forces & Simple Machines

Length:
1.5 hours 

Connections:
303-12 to 303-20, 104-7, 106-4, 107-1, 205-2, 206-9, 204-3, 207-1, 206-6, 107-8 

Description:
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to motion, forces and simple machines! In an open ended challenge students will have the opportunity to problem solve using levers, pulleys, ramps combined with their knowledge of forces to create a working system. 


 

Grade 6 - Electricity

Length:
1.5 hours 

Connections:
205-9, 303-31, 106-4, 205-7, 104-5, 204-4, 303-22 to 303-30, 204-8, 204-1, 204-3, 205-1, 106-3, 303-26, 107-9, 106-4, 105-3, 108-8, 108-5 

Description:
We depend on electricity every day and it is easy to forget where it comes from. This hands-on workshop will build upon student's knowledge invisible forces by investigating static and electromagnetism! Students will have the opportunity to create their own circuit while learning the vocabulary and necessary safety precautions. In addition topics such as energy sources and renewable vs. nonrenewable energy will be explored!


 

Grade 6/7 - Shipbuilding (NEW!)

Length:
1.5 hours 

Description:
Living by the ocean we often forget the importance of the shipbuilding industry to Nova Scotia's past, present and future. SuperNOVA in partnership with the NSCC Irving Shipbuilding Center of Excellence is rolling out a brand new workshop intended to connect kids in grades 6 and 7 to the technology, science and trades behind the shipbuilding industry with fun, hands-on activities and projects!


 

Grade 7 - Rocks & Rolls

Length:
1.5 hours 

Connections:
110-4, 111-2, 112-12, 208-2, 209-1, 209-4, 209-6, 210-1, 211-3, 311-4, 311-5, 311-1, 310-1, 310-2a, 310-2b, 311-2 

Description:
Geology is the foundation of the world we live on! This workshop will help students to learn about the various rocks and minerals that make up the Earth's crust and how they are used in daily life, as well as the overall structure of the Earth and how this structure relates to things such as mountains, volcanoes, and earthquakes! 


 

Grade 8 - From Organs to Organelles!

Length:
1.5 hours

Connections:
304-4, 304-6, 304-5. 304-8, 304-7, 304-9, 304-10 

Description:
Learn about how the systems of your body work, from the very small of cellular respiration to the (very) large intestines! Students will be able to stain and observe their own cheek cells using our projection microscope, as well as participate in challenges to examine the function of larger scale body systems such as optical illusions!


 

Grade 9 - Cracking the Code

Length:
1.5 hours

Connections:
304-11, 305-2, 113-10, 305-5, 209-5, 210-8 

Description:
We have a code within ourselves that all other organisms share. We call this code: DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid). When extracted, this mucus-like substance can tell us about how we develop, who we are related to, and what illnesses we may get in our lifetime. This code is also essential for solving crimes, because just like fingerprints, our DNA is unique to only us. Let SuperNOVA explore DNA's function and importance with your grade 9 class.