On-Demand Webinar

Igniting Curiosity in STEM

Join Scientists in School in this session designed to give parents and teachers tips on how to spark curiosity and engage their kids in STEM learning. 

Cost: Complimentary

About this webinar

We know many of you are working from home while trying to homeschool your kids. We get it. It’s tough. So, we wanted to do a little something special to help. We’ve invited some of our friends from Scientists in School to our WIA Unite Online series. 

Children make observations every day that inform their decisions: Is it safe to cross the road?;  What should I wear?; Is dinner ready?  Making deep observations is a key building block for scientific inquiry.  We can help children develop their observational skills through games and activities.  In this session, we will provide parents with ideas for home-learning and how they can promote inquiry with the use of probing questions.  Participants will take away suggestions for two simple projects which use items they likely already have at home. 

Why attend?

  • Get tips and resources to encourage the development of crucial 21st century global competency skills like critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving.
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Erin Westman

Erin Westman is the Regional Manager for Scientists in School in West Central Ontario.  Since earning her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Guelph, Erin designed and instructed numerous biology courses, drawing on her enthusiasm for science and belief in the importance of communicating academic work accessibly.  She seeks to promote inclusivity in science, starting by increasing children’s interest and confidence in STEM disciplines.

Lori Pett 

Lori Pett is the Program Development Coordinator for Scientists in School where she has worked for 22 years.  Lori’s passion is to explore advances in teaching methodologies, and develop programming that puts inquiry into the hands of children.  Lori is a graduate of the University of Guelph, with a B.Sc. in Food Science.  She uses her love of Food Science to explain many of the scientific concepts that we use in everyday life.

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