Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 30, No.11

March 03, 2005


Bright ideas for science and math teachers


Vasek Chvátal

Sue Dale Tunnicliffe demonstrates how animal ears funnel sound.
Photo by Kate Hutchinson

Vasek Chvátal

Ed Galindo challenges teachers’ notions of gender and science — with balloons.
Photo by Kate Hutchinson

DreamCatching has really caught on with teachers working to keep children interested in science and math.

Ed Galindo, of Idaho State University, is a member of NASA's teacher astronaut program in the U.S. He gave a workshop on what he called “cheap science," and Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, from the University of London, showed fellow teachers how to teach the physical science of animals to very young children.

DreamCatching 2005, the fourth edition of this inspirational conference, was organized by Concordia University's Native Access to Engineering Program (NAEP) and was held at the university Feb. 23 to 26. More than 70 delegates from Canada and the United States attended the lively workshops on teaching math and science.

DreamCatching is part of NAEP’s effort to support teachers by providing them with concrete ideas and strategies for making science and math more attractive to aboriginal students.