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Science Days

Recommended for
Ontario: grades 8 to 12
Quebec: secondary cycles 1 and 2.

Spend a day at the museum with your high school students. Participate in your choice of two 50-minute, hands-on workshops that highlight experiments, analyses of museum specimens and use of scientific equipment.

In addition, students can explore the museum's exhibitions.

Dates

Fridays:
October 20, 2017
November 3, 2017
December 15, 2017
January 19, 2018
February 9, 2018
April 20, 2018
May 18, 2018 (brain-themed)
June 1, 2018.

Language Choice

Science Days are offered in English or French, according to the choice of the first school that reserves for the day.

Cost

$14 per student (tax not included).

Workshop Descriptions

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Marine Ecosystems

Students become marine-biology apprentices as they undertake scientific experiments that help them understand the intricacies of our changing ocean ecosystems. This hands-on water-testing workshop is a fascinating venture into the marine world.
Curriculum links for Ontario.
Curriculum links for Quebec.

Hot Topics for Polar Bears

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A polar bear (Ursus maritimus).

Students compare and contrast various physical characteristics of polar bears and grizzlies in an attempt to understand how these characteristics help each species survive in its habitat. They put forth a hypothesis to explain the differences observed in the shape of the teeth and skull, and to show how these traits represent an adaptation. They learn about the challenges that polar bears face in daily survival, and what the future holds for the world's largest land carnivore.
Curriculum links for Ontario.
Curriculum links for Quebec.

DNA Detectives

Students will learn the basic components of DNA and its role in the production of proteins. They will move throughout hands-on stations decoding a DNA strand, extracting real DNA, and building a codon keyfob to bring home. A museum researcher will explain (by videoconference or video) the importance of genetics in our researcher and maintenance of our collections.
Curriculum links for Ontario.
Curriculum links for Quebec.

Tomorrow's Arctic

Students will analyze a current environmental issue and its ramifications for the Arctic ecosystem, the local Inuit community as well as outside economic parties. They will study socio-economic, scientific, environmental and cultural implications brought upon by this issue and propose which course of action should be taken to move forward for the benefit of all implicated parties.
Curriculum links for Ontario.
Curriculum links for Quebec.

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