Science Education Partnership Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Science Education Partnership (SEP) is a unique collaboration between education and business, providing “Hands-on, Minds-on” science learning opportunities for 22,000 students within the Lambton Kent and St. Clair Catholic district school boards. This year the SEP celebrates 20 years of making science come alive in the classroom!
The occasion was marked by celebrations at Errol Road Public School in Sarnia on Tuesday May 7th and at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Chatham on Thursday May 9th, at which brief formal presentations were followed by science fairs, showcasing science experiments for junior grades.
The SEP was formed for the purpose of expanding and supporting a quality “Hands-on, Minds” science program for students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Science is best learned by “doing”, and the SEP provides local educators with three programs that make learning science fun and as hands-on as possible:
Science Kit Program – science materials and equipment are available in the form of an educational kit.
Adopt-a-Scientist Volunteer program – connects volunteers with a science, engineering or technical background to classrooms.
Innovative Science Supports Linking School to Community – additional science education programs that celebrate and promote science and technology learning within schools.
As an example, grade 4 students won’t just read about how pulley systems work – they build the system, experiment, take measurements, and draw conclusions by using the materials provided in a science kit or through an interactive Adopt-a-Scientist demonstration. All science education programs made available for teachers through the SEP provide students with learning opportunities that develop and encourage collaboration, creativity, problem solving, and science literacy through the use of handson materials.
(In the photo above (L—R) Paul Wubben, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board; Judy
Krall and Krista Gladstone, members of the Lambton Kent Agriculture in the Classroom Committee; and Jim
Costello, Director of Education, Lambton Kent District School Board participate in the welcoming ceremonies at
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Chatham)