Past Institutes

Each institute has a custom set of workshops that explore topics such as the process of science, agricultural science, optics and light, everyday chemistry, energy, rocks and minerals, biodiversity, coding and digital skills and more! Participants will walk away with classroom ready activities and materials.

SIET travels across Canada from coast to coast to coast. Here are some of the locations we’ve engaged with teachers for hands-on professional development.

SIET ONLINE workshops for the 2020-21 School Year

This series of workshops included:

  • Process of Science – Making Your Science Classroom Come Alive!
    Discover engaging ways to jump start classroom science. Explore your curiosity and think like a scientist, use your observation and inference skills and walk away with practical tools you can use with your students.
  • Creative Prototyping
    Participants will learn practical ways to engage students in hands-on prototyping (both physical & digital realms) while teaching remotely. A few quick creative challenges will be shared based on maker education activities.
  • Widget Building Workshop
    Widgets are fun and simple activities that can be done with elementary school students to illustrate science concepts. This workshop will include a number of easy projects that explore sound and energy and encourage critical thinking skills in students.
  • Coding Without Computers
    You don’t need a computer to learn about coding! Learn about the resources available that you can share with your students, and how learning to code is both fun and educational for students of any age.
  • Interactive Coding Workshop
    Interactive Coding Workshop This workshop is a basic introduction to Scratch and other fun coding activities, specifically geared towards teachers who want to support their students with building digital skills while teaching and learning remotely.
  • Artificial Intelligence Explorations
    This workshop will introduce some fun, hands-on way to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) to youth – without any coding background required! We’ll do some hands-on (remote) activities that can be implemented with students and also introduce extra resources to help bring AI into any classroom. Come prepared to play and explore emerging technology.
  • The Classroom Outdoors
    Take your learning outdoors and teach your students how they can become citizen scientists. Find out how you can create easy-to-use tools that empower your students to gather data and record their observations of the natural world.
  • Math – The Science of Patterns
    Explore patterns and use this to predict and see how this this can help crack codes. Discover math and patterns in nature, see how it can inspire creativity and understand why some call math the science of patterns.
  • Seeing the Invisible
    Discover how you can transform your cell phone into a powerful tool to explore the “micro-world”. Use this to explore close up crystal shape and the structure of objects and unleash your student’s curiosity to explore the world around them.
  • Properties of Air and the Basics of Flight
    Participants explore the physical properties of air, Bernoulli’s principle, and how different aspects of flight work through engaging and practical experiments and activities.
  • Exploring Simple Machines
    Participants explore the different types of simple machines, the ways we can use mechanical advantage, and the applications of simple machines in our day-to-day lives.

Iqaluit, Nunavut – February 18-20, 2020

In partnership with Actua

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – January 25, 2020

In partnership with Canadian Light Source

Kitimat, British Columbia – August 14 and 15, 2019

Two days of teacher professional development led by Ingenium

St John’s, Newfoundland – July 10 and 11, 2019

In partnership with NLESD

Prince George, British Columbia – August 21, 2018

In partnership with Science World British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia – August 17, 2018

In partnership with Science World British Columbia

St John’s, Newfoundland – July 25 & 26, 2018

Two days of teacher professional development led by Ingenium

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – July 17, 2018

In partnership with Canadian Light Source

Northern Alberta – July 3 to 7, 2018

In partnership with Inside Education – the lead organizer

Vancouver, British Columbia – August 15 to 18, 2017 

In partnership with Science World British Columbia

St John’s, Newfoundland – July 11 & 12, 2017

Two days of teacher professional development led by Ingenium

Iqaluit, Nunavut – February 13 to 15, 2017 

As part of the Nunavut Teachers’ Association Professional Improvement Week

Vancouver, British Columbia – August 9 to 12, 2016 

In partnership with Science World British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia – July 28 to 30, 2015 

In partnership with Science World BC, the Vancouver Aquarium and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

St. John’s, Newfoundland  – July 13, 2015

Waterloo, Ontario – April 25, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario – July 22 to 24, 2014,

Ottawa, Ontario – July 16 to 18, 2013,

Ottawa, Ontario – July 17 to 19, 2012,

Ottawa, Ontario – July 19 to 21, 2011