Let’s Talk Science

Rural expansion assistant

Theme: Science Education
Location: Kelowna
Age Group: Elementary and Secondary

Position Description

The goal for the CFE is to expand the reach of Let’s Talk Science (LTS) into rural and underserved communities in BC through a “guest speaker approach” to teaching by conducting hands-on STEM classroom workshop visits.

The teacher candidates will identify schools in a rural setting in BC. Ideally they already have connections to schools, or are from rural areas themselves, otherwise LTS can assist in finding partners. Several educators in one school, or different schools can be contacted. The teacher candidates organize their visits with educators and decide dates, curriculum-aligned workshops and grade level. The goal is to teach at least five workshops. LTS provides workshops, however, if no workshops are available that fit educator requests or the grade levels, the teacher candidates need to alter existing workshops or develop new activities with help from LTS. Activity development is not required as part of the CFE, but has been a very valuable experience for past teacher candidates. Organization begins as soon as the candidate is matched to LTS as it can be a lengthy process. Travel will occur in May and lasts a max. of one week. All supplies, accommodation, rental car and meals are covered by LTS during the travel period. All school visits are free for the participating educators.

Good communication, organizational, and time management skills are required as the teacher candidates will be in a fulltime practicum when most of the planning needs to occur.

Expected hours Flexible until May to organize visits, activities and workshops. Travel week in May will be full working days.
# of placements 3

Organization Information

Let’s Talk Science is committed to developing youth who are creative, critical thinkers and knowledgeable citizens prepared to participate and thrive in a complex global environment. An award-winning, national, charitable organization, Let’s Talk Science has provided engaging, evidence-based STEM programs for more than 25 years at no cost for Canadian youth and educators. Through the generous support of our partners and donors, we are able to provide educators with opportunities to discover and use effective learning strategies to develop and strengthen students’ questioning and problem-solving skills; and offer experiential and digital programs that engage youth in meaningful STEM learning. Since its inception in 1993, Let’s Talk Science has impacted more than 9.5 million Canadian youth.

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