October 31, 2019 - 12:00 am
November 3, 2019 - 12:00 am
Science on stage Canada is proud to present its delegation, which will participate in the upcoming Science on Stage Europe Biennale, which will be held from October 31st to November 3rd in Cascais, Portugal:
Paul Stinson: Magnifying Curiosity Through the Mail – origami microscopes
- ONLINE TEACHER, SUN WEST DLC, SASKATCHEWAN
- Paul has been a teacher for over two decades, and an online middle years teacher at the Distance Learning Centre for the past 4 years. In (and out of) the classroom he found many opportunities to teach with a hands-on and place-based approach, particularly in science.
- The online world has presented unique challenges, such as having home-based students explore the hidden world of cells and micro-organisms. Low-cost and portable science is a necessity to make it accessible, particularly to students living throughout a western Canadian province larger than Spain and Portugal combined.
- So, how to mail a compound microscope to students? A single drop of water can magnify by refraction, but has some limitations. A small glass sphere is another example of an object that can magnify and bring us closer to viewing and understanding the hidden microscopic world firsthand. Using problem solving and engineering, critical aspects of microscopy including fine focusing can be enhanced.
- A possible solution is the Foldscope. A Foldscope is a cardboard origami microscope that uses a glass bead as a magnifier. The low-tech solution allows for a flexible and durable device, but can also be connected to digital technology to facilitate sharing and collaborating with others through an online community. Would you like to see the mites living on your face? No? Too bad – with a foldscope and a piece of tape, it’s all too easy.
We need this bio in French
- Huguette Thibeault M.Éducation. M.Sc.: Doctor, is my watercourse sick? Can we cure it? adopt it? Let’s think environmental education in real time in partnership, for everyone!
- Retired Biology teacher, Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
- For more than thirty-five years in higher education in Quebec at the pre-university and technical studies level, she established a multitude of partnerships, conducted research on college education and led workshops on entrepreneurship, the environment and innovation in science education. Her project on environmental content at Science on stage Europe is entitled: Doctor, is my river sick? Can we fix it? adopt? Let’s think environmental education in real time, in partnership, for everyone! Thus, a laboratory initiated by Mireille Dansereau dealing with the ecology of freshwater both in the laboratory and in the field has been enriched by the important collaboration of a partner: The Action Group for Water Monitoring and education (G3E-EWAG). Their tools are practical, simple and concrete. Adapting them is feasible. We can start from an established protocol and introduce the harvest and identification of macroinvertebrates recognized as bioindicators of water quality. From now on, besides the characterization of the biocenosis and the biotope, one can refer to practices of this recognized organism, to make a diagnosis and to hope a follow-up in the time. One of the facets of this project is online sharing as part of the Adopt Full Creek project in the field of Natural Sciences. Everyone is part of the solution. This project enriches citizen science and connects biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, social skills, communication, and more. More info at : http://www.g3e-ewag.ca/accueil.html