October 31st, 2020

Scientists in School gives students a hands-on approach to science


By Kalinowski, Tim on November 22, 2019.

Teacher Rachel Vanderkley watches as Grade 5 students Juan Monsalve, Leo Lelgong, Keaton Meldrum and Adiam Haile learn about chemical reactions as part of a Scientists in School workshop Thursday at Children of St. Martha Elementary School. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald

tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com

Scientists in School celebrated 10 years in Lethbridge, 30 years in Canada and 10 million student scientists cultivated nationwide with a special workshop at The Children of St. Martha School on Thursday.

“We are a charity which brings scientific workshops to classrooms,” explained Wendy Ellert, Alberta regional manager for Scientists in School. “The workshops are all hands-on. This mission of our charity is to ignite scientific curiosity in children. We believe the next generation deserves the opportunity to view science as fun and relevant.”

Thursday’s workshop entitled “It Really Matters” featured hands-on and fun chemistry lessons for The Children of St. Martha Grade 4 and Grade 5 students to take part in.

“When I went to school everything science was just in textbooks,” said Ellert. “These kids are doing and seeing science. We enhance the curriculum. We enhance the classroom setting as we enrich and extend the curriculum.”

Scientists in School uses local scientific experts from the broader Lethbridge community to teach 26 different workshop topics. Last year, the charity organization conducted 550 workshops in the Lethbridge region alone. According to Ellert, Lethbridge was also the first community outside of Ontario to set up its own chapter of Scientists in School.

“Science is not something which is just done in remote labs and far away places,” stated Ellert. “These kids learn science is all around them every day. It really builds their confidence to know that, yes, they can do science.”

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