To order SEP resources by either:
e-mailing your order to firstname.lastname@example.org
calling the Science Resource Centre at (519) 336-1500 ext. 31580
In all cases, we need your name, school, and when you'd like the kit delivered or what month you'd like a volunteer visit.
Gr. 1-8 kits are booked for eight weeks, and kinder kits are booked for 4 weeks.
We'll do our best to book kits for as close to when you've asked for them as possible, or we'll recommend the closest available date.
Kits will arrive with the regular school courier who also delivers the Board interschool mail.
A return date will be listed on the shipping label. Please DO NOT remove or cover this label. (It allows the couriers to see ship/return dates to determine if the kit is outbound or being returned.)
Your kit is returned to the science centre by the same courier who delivered it. Leave it out wherever your school secretary leaves the mailbags for pick-up. If returning it early, you may want to put a note on top so the courier knows it's ready to go.
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE check the inventory before sending kits back. A brightly coloured laminated inventory sheet is included in each box. Return all print resources, non-consumable items, unused consumables and/or empty containers, including lock top bags that can be refilled. (That is why we go to all the trouble to label them. It keeps the kit organized and makes it easy to refill.)
If you are using more than one kit at the same time, please try to keep each of them organized in their own separate box.
If anything is missing/broken, please leave a note of explanation for science centre staff.
Kits are not available for booking after the long weekend in May.
All kits must be returned by the third week of June so that science centre staff have time to check them all prior to summer holiday.
Booking for the upcoming school year starts in late June once the courier schedule is set for the following year.
Science Discovery Squad Volunteer Program
Science Division Demonstrations
Volunteer visits are scheduled throughout the school year according to the availability of volunteers.
You are asked to indicate which month in which you would like the volunteer to visit.
Approximately four weeks prior to the month you've requested, you will be contacted via email.
If a lead volunteer is available, you will be sent his/her contact information. (There may be additional volunteers who help during the classroom session. The lead volunteer will coordinate any additional helpers that are required.)
The onus is on the teacher to work out the timing details directly with volunteer. PLEASE contact the lead volunteer as soon as possible after receiving the introductory e-mail.
Prior to the visit, you should take the time to discuss expectations, acquire handouts for photocopying, discuss material you may have to review, and any other preparations with the volunteer.
As the teacher who requested a volunteer visit for your classroom, you are expected to personally be present in the class on the day of the presentation and be actively involved throughout. You are asked not to leave volunteer activities for a supply teacher.
Canada Agriculture Day visits will be arranged in the month of February. A memorandum will go out to schools in mid-January to invite schools to sign up for this activity. (Bookings are not accepted until this memo goes out.)
Should you wish to have a representative of the agricultural community visit your classroom outside the month of February, contact the science centre office directly to determine if this can be arranged. (Note that many of the volunteers are not available during the planting/harvest seasons.)
Bridge Building Division
Schools are invited to participate via a memorandum that is sent out to all Principals in late September. (Bookings are not accepted until this memo goes out.)
This is an activity offered to junior grades and does not fall under any one strand of the curriculum, but rather connects to the second overall goal to, "Develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry and technological problem-solving." (pg. 6 S&T document.)
This is an introductory activity recommended for students in Grades 4-6 with little or no prior exposure to coding. They first complete an "unplugged" activity without a computer and then use the programming language Scratch to complete the same exercise. As an extension, students can develop their own Zombie Doctor game.