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Friday, October 19 • 10:30am - 11:30am
2MartianTeachers: A Story of Collaboration

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After years of sharing resources and ideas we finally found a way to collaborate across our respective school districts. Thanks to a grant from Devon Energy, we were able to purchase Mars regolith (simulant soil) to spearhead a project surrounding the idea of human colonization of the Red Planet. Applying a Mars focus throughout our respective grades (7 and 9) has been an adventure for us as we are both passionate about all things science - especially space! We will share how we leveraged both funding opportunities and various resources, such as Tomatosphere and Martian Garden, to create unifying themes that we could focus on in various subjects including science and math. In grade 7 a Mars theme was woven throughout every science unit focusing on plant growth, habitat construction and radiation projects, as well as graphing and data analysis in Math. In grade 9, all science units were utilized in conjunction with math (surface area, volume and scale factor), and social studies to plan a human colony on Mars. By sharing our journey we hope to inspire others to collaborate beyond the four walls of their own schools and challenge secondary educators to find unifying themes to create authentic learning experiences for their entire year.

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Julie Arsenault

Science Lead Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
After earning both Bachelors' and Masters' degrees in Science from the University of Alberta, Julie entered the Faculty of Education ready to take on a career that would hopefully inspire other young people to explore their love for science. She has been teaching with Edmonton Public... Read More →
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Amanda Green

Teacher, Black Gold Regional Schools
Amanda and Julie met at the ATASC Conference in 2013 and have been collaborating and presenting together ever since. In 2018 they were the proud co-recipients of the ATA Science Council Outstanding Science Teacher Award and in 2021 the Learning For Sustainable Future's Earth Steward... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
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