From School to Science Centre
Students on the Beamline
Out in Space and Latexmotor
Johanne Patry, Ph.D., presented her space mission simulation project to many events such as Science on Stage Europe. Teachers from Finland and Norway who attended these events adapted her project to their own classes. ‘Out in space’ was awarded the prestigious Science on Stage award in 2008 in Berlin for the best project in the category ‘Self-Perception in the Teaching Process’.
While attending the Berlin event, Mrs Patry was attracted to an Austrian project named the Latexmotor. This project is being used mainly as a demo to explain the special properties of latex in Austria. She brought the idea back to Canada, adapted it in such a way that it became a student driven activity. Hundreds of students built their own motor. Moreover, it was very well received during an annual convention so much so that it is now sought out from teachers all over the province of Québec. In addition, the Austrian teachers presented pictures of the Canadian students constructing their motor to a convention in Switzerland.