Activity Facilitator – Science on Ice Waterloo Recreation complex

Number of Volunteers Needed: 20

Event name: Science on Ice

Event Description:

The event brings science-based entertainment and activities to varsity hockey games at several Ontario universities. We have booths around the rink with hands-on activities and our volunteers provide science shows on the ice at the intermissions. These events are attended by thousands of students from local schools.

When: November 30, 2016

Time: 10-1 pm or 10-11:30 or 11:30-1 pm

Where: 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, ON N2L 0B4
How to apply:

Please fill out the online form below by November 23, 2016

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Activity Facilitator- Science on Ice UofT Varsity

Number of Volunteers Needed: 20

Event name: Science on Ice

Event Description:

The event brings science-based entertainment and activities to varsity hockey games at several Ontario universities. We have booths around the rink with hands-on activities and our volunteers provide science shows on the ice at the intermissions. These events are attended by thousands of students from local schools.

When: November 23, 2016

Time: 10-1 pm or 10-11:30 or 11:30-1 pm

Where: University of Toronto Varsity, 299 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2.
How to apply:

Please fill out the online form below by November 17, 2016

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Activity Facilitator – Science on Ice Mattamy

Number of Volunteers Needed: 20

Event name: Science on Ice

Event Description:

The event brings science-based entertainment and activities to varsity hockey games at several Ontario universities. We have booths around the rink with hands-on activities and our volunteers provide science shows on the ice at the intermissions. These events are attended by thousands of students from local schools.

When: October 20, 2016

Time: 10-4 pm

Where: Mattamy Athletic Center, 50 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2

How to apply:

Please fill out the online form below by October 15, 2016

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Fundraiser 2016 was a hit!

Fundraiser 2016 was a hit!

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On September 22 we celebrated our 2nd annual fundraiser. Once again we indulged ourselves with amazing concoctions created by the imaginative Barchef Toronto and marveled at the creativity of Chef Riley Bennett, a professor at George Brown school of hospitality and culinary art. We are extremely thankful for all the hard work our volunteers has put into making the event such a great success. We are also grateful to our generous sponsors, Systems for Research and VWR, as well as all those who have donated auction items to benefit our cause. And finally, we are fortunate to have you all as our supporters throughout the years, helping us reaching over 2,000 teachers and over 200,000 children across the world!

Why am I a teacher?

Why am I a teacher?

by: Perla Balmes

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Teaching is a very challenging yet fulfilling profession. It brings out the best in you in facing the day to day situation so that you may be able to cope up with a lot of things be it on students’ behavior, lack of instructional materials, additional report, ancillary work or financial matters. I chose to teach because my life had been touched by some of my teachers in elementary, high school and college. I want to do the same with any of my students and make a difference. And I want to thank #puebloscience for giving me the chance to participate in one of their summer camps wayback 2014 at UPOU. This was a very enjoyable one and I can say I have learned a lot from it and I actually used some of the activities from the camp in my classes. Thank you and hope to be a participant again in the future.

Venture into Adventure

Venture into Adventure

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While there is so much to share about my recent involvement with Pueblo Science, the experience as a volunteer instructor made me realize a lot of things.

I always mention to people how I enjoy volunteerism. It affects how I view the society I would like to be in, and inspires me contribute to it in any way I can. As the only undergraduate student volunteer from University of Saskatchewan during Rural Initiative for Science Education, RISE 2016, it was an eye-opener for me to be working with professional scientists from University of Toronto and University of the Philippines, local host schools, local teachers in Philippines, and especially the children in different towns and provinces.

Teaching Science to Children in Tribal Villages

In Davao, we travelled by vehicle and hiked up to a mountain tribal village to reach  the Bagobo tribe of Davao del Sur in Mindanao. It felt surreal to encounter an indigenous tribe in Philippines since I have only learned about them through textbooks when I was in grade school. After hiking up the rocky trails in the middle of banana plantation, we were welcomed by the Bagobo children who danced for us and offered us wildflowers that they have picked. Aside from meeting their notable Datu or chief, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach science magic tricks to the children of the village.

blog2When I first got involved with Pueblo Science, I asked myself what it would happen if real-life applications of science is brought to the Philippines. I was very thrilled to be part of teaching science in a more engaging way, especially to children using simple household materials that are easily accessible.

The hands-on workshop in Davao City, Iloilo City, and Puerto Princesa with local teachers gave me insight on the education situation in Philippines. I was overjoyed when these amazing teachers showed a keen interest in all the experiments and tricks that we shared. In addition, they expressed how they could not wait to incorporate and deliver hands-on learning to their students.

An Incomparable Sense of Fulfillment

I firmly believe that the engagement, spirit, and motivation of students are driven by how teachers deliver their teachings and knowledge. Seeing the enthusiasm in all the people during RISE 2016 encouraged me to stay involved in future. Significantly, each participant’blog3s willingness to improve science learning will definitely trigger the enhancement of science education in Philippines. The sense of fulfillment in accomplishing the workshops is incomparable.

I am sincerely thankful for being considered to take part in this program and commend the whole Pueblo Science team for coming up with experiments and reaching out to make RISE program possible. I highly recommend this work to anybody who is passionate about STEM and would love to be part of an amazing advocacy. In addition, there is the undeniable opportunity of traveling. You will never know what and where life can take you. I am so glad I had that conversation during a pizza break with Mayrose Salvador and other volunteers during Pueblo Science’s exhibition at STEMFest 2015 in Saskatoon.

As I was based in Canada, the possibility of traveling around my home country, the Philippines, initially got me interested in volunteering. However, the purpose for this travel was the greater reward, and I am grateful that I took up this challenging venture. More importantly, I met such humble and genuine people that without a doubt, have impacted and will continue to impact my life, and inspire me to be the best version of my future self.

Activities and reflections after the Pueblo Science training

Activities and reflections after the Pueblo Science training

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Last May 19-21, 2016 I joined the Pueblo Science seminar at Ateneo de Iloilo. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to experience it. My passion for science was awakened. I was very inspired by the Pueblo Science trainers’ personalities; they were very humble and intelligent. To do my part after the training I enthusiastically volunteered to share what we had learned from Pueblo Science during our In-Service Training in the Department of Education. Our principal wanted us to provide insights and do activities that would make the first day of class enjoyable and exciting. My co-teachers were all fascinated by and interested in the science tricks that I showed them. Our principal mentioned that if other teachers would present the way I did the students would surely be motivated to learn. I replied that the credit goes to Pueblo Science for teaching us.

In the Philippines teachers are encouraged to create their own style of presenting the lesson in a fun way. This is to help attain the Department of Education’s aim of achieving zero dropout rate and 100% promotion rate. Since students’ attendance and motivation to learn rely on how the teacher presents the lesson, teachers like me are responsible for inspiring the students to acquire and keep the desire to finish school. I am very excited to present the lessons I have learned from Pueblo Science to my students. There will be a change of attitude among them for sure. They will find out that science is not a difficult subject to learn even if laboratory facilities and apparatuses are inadequate. Instead, they will learn that it is something that is enjoyable and that learning can be very effective using materials that are readily available in our community. I look forward to Pueblo Science’s next workshop in the Philippines. I hope to learn more fun-filled science activities and other science tricks.

Thank you so much!