What is Science on Stage ?

SoSC brings together the best minds in science education to inspire young people to explore science and technology by providing teachers with tools to transform their classrooms into innovative learning environments.

Goals of Science on Stage

  • To provide you, the masterful science educator with exciting new tools to ignite student curiosity with innovative projects and new approaches.
  • To enable you to share your innovative and inspirational ideas and strategies with like-minded educators nation-wide.
  • To bring together cutting edge science and technology researchers and educators and to establish a long lasting bridge between our two communities.
  • To enrich your skills and knowledge through practical and professional development sessions.
  • To recognize and reward your excellence and your ingenuity in science and technology pedagogy.

Science on Stage's Three Pillars

Canada’s Science Teachers’ Festival is a collaboration of science and technology educators dedicated to the development and invigoration of science and technology learning across the country. It is based on three pillars of support, including:

1. The Science Fair:

Showcasing Exemplary Teaching Practices You will be able to share your most successful and innovative ideas with your colleagues from across the county. You and every participant have the opportunity to display your accomplishments in a science fair setting. Time is scheduled to enable everyone to visit one an-other. A few selected educators with outstanding projects present their achievement in an onstage format lasting 30 minutes.

2. Pedagogical Discussions

As an educator you deal with many obstacles in your day-to-day activities. We bring together perspectives from fellow colleagues across the country, (teachers, informal educators, researchers and professors) to discuss and propose possible solutions to overcome these obstacles.

3. Professional Development

Activities for all grade levels puts you in contact with cutting edge research techniques in education, science, and technology and create opportunities to ex-change knowledge and practices with current researchers.

Science on Stage Europe

Attending Science on Stage in Europe is a wonderful opportunity to share innovative practices with our fellow teachers.

Meetings are rich with information and ideas which can be exported in our own classrooms. Each country sends educators called delegates and has a quota. Canada’s participation is at 5 delegates. To attend Science on Stage Europe, a delegate must first attend one of Science on Stage Canada’s own editions. Then the potential delegate must contact the selection committee of SoSC which will choose the best projects/educator to represent Canada. In Europe, the delegate’s hotel, registration and meals during the event are covered by SonS’ host organization. The delegate must find his or her own funding for travel to Europe. SoSC agrees to write letters of support for delegates who wish to contact potential sponsors. For more information, contact Johanne Patry, international representative for Canada patryjolucy@gmail.com


*** La version française suit la version anglaise

Greetings colleagues and like minded educators,

In the 21st century, it has become apparent that we live in a global village. And, in that village, we, as educators, have a responsibility. We are in the unique position to prepare the following generations who will be trusted to solve old, new, and recurring problems of society.
I was once asked by a preservice teacher, “What is the golden rule of a teacher?” Is there just one? Are there many? After naming many rules, I noticed that these rules had one common thread: an educator must have the uncanny ability to adapt in response to those problems on which they are working. How do today’s educators adapt?
Change brings adaptation and vice‐versa. During a conference, I heard M. Zaputo mention, “In our daily lives, successful individuals are involved in change management and the management of continuity. “I think that we need to be ready to manage the continuation of change.”
For this to happen in our lives, we have to be on the move, to have an open mind, to network, to meet people who share our passion, and to adopt different approaches.
These approaches must be “innoventing”, a new word I thought of recently. A powerful, 21st century word which brings together innovation and invention. A live and dynamic word who seeks to propel us toward the pedagogically unknown.
Having worked in classrooms, science centres, and labs, all of us at SoSC are committed to bring together outstanding educators to share, network, and train in innovention.
The responsibility of solving our society’s future challenges doesn’t lie only on the next generation. Every educator of our present influences this new generation, and the future rests on our shoulders as well.

Innoventively yours,

Dr. Johanne Patry, Ph.D. 

Founding member of Science on Stage Canada


Salut à mes collègues éducateurs!!!

Durant ce 21ième siècle, il est maintenant évident que nous habitons dans le fameux village global. Et, dans ce village, nous, en tant qu’éducateurs, avons une responsabilité. Nous sommes dans une position unique pour préparer les prochaines générations qui devront résoudre des vieux problèmes, des nouveaux et même des problèmes récurrents dans notre société.

Une étudiante en enseignement m’a déjà demandé: “Quelle est la règle d’or d’un enseignant?” N’y en a-t-il qu’une seule? Y en a-t-il plusieurs? Après avoir énuméré plusieurs règles, j’ai remarqué que ces règles possédaient un point commun: en tant qu’éducateur nous devons posséder l’habileté d’adaptation en réponse aux problèmes sur lesquels ils travaillent. Comment un éducateur d’aujourd’hui doit-il s’adapter?

Le changement amène l’adaptation et vice-versa. Durant une conférence, M. Zaputo a mentionné: “Durant nos vies de tous les jours, les individus qui réussissent sont impliqués dans la gestion du change et la gestion de la continuité.” À mon avis, nous devons être prêt à gérer la continuité du changement.

À cette fin, dans nos vies, nous devons être en mouvement, avoir l’esprit ouvert, réseauter, rencontrer des personnes qui partagent nos passions et adopter différentes approches.

Ces approches doivent être “innoventes”. Un mot qui m’est venu en tête récemment. Un mot puissant du 21ième siècle qui réunit ensemble innovation et invention. Un mot dynamic, vivant qui nous propulse dans des contrées pédagogiques inconnues.

Ayant oeuvré dans des salles de classe, des centres de science et des laboratoires, nous tous à Science on Stage/Science sur Scène Canada sommes engagés à rassembler des éducateurs passionnés pour partager, réseauter et s’entraîner à l’innovation.

La responsabilité de régler les problèmes futurs de nos sociétés résident non seulement sur les épaules de la prochaine génération. Chaque éducateur présentement influence cette nouvelle génération. Le futur en fait réside aussi sur nos épaules.

Innoventivement vôtre,

Dr. Johanne Patry, Ph.D.

Membre fondatrice de Science on Stage/Science sur scène Canada

Science on Stage Structure


For Science on Stage Canada, who is an educator?

An educator…

    • Is a person who intervenes in the acquisition, the integration and transfer of knowledge and competencies (ESTEEM)
    • Belongs to the world of:
      • formal education (teachers, professors, trainers, instructors, technicians, specialists)
      • informal education (presenters, outreach programs, scientific centers, educational organisations…)

What is the selection criteria based on ?

  • Innovation
  • Originality
  • Students’ participation
  • Teacher reflection

As a delegate what do I need to bring ?

  • A poster explaining your project not exceeding 90cm x 120cm
  • The required equipment to demonstrate your project
  • A PowerPoint presentation (in case you are selected to present your project – 30 minutes)
  • A leaflet to share with visitors at your booth (at least 50)

Is there a cost ?

  • There is a registration fee, which is set each festival depending on the host site.

Is funding available ?

  • Yes, funding is available according to your status, but is not guaranteed. Please refer to Funding Guidelines at the bottom of the participation page, and be sure to include this information in your application.

Why Should I Attend ?

  • Increased interest in science and technology – Educators will have the tools at their disposal to inspire students more than ever before.
  • Resources for educators to develop authentic and exciting lesson plans every day.
  • Greater interest in science and technology, which will help Canadian companies with skilled labour shortages in the future.
  • To enrich your skills and knowledge through practical and professional development sessions.
  • A sense of belonging to the greater science community through connecting with scientists and research facilities hosting SoSC across the country.
  • Recognition for the time and effort that innovative science and technology educators put into their teaching methods.