Let’s Talk Science integrating science and coding into Canadian classrooms

Students showcase their digital literacy skills for the Minister of Education

(Toronto, ON) As technology disrupts nearly all aspects of work and life, efforts are mounting to prepare students for work and citizen demands in an information era. Let’s Talk Science has developed an exciting national classroom experiment, Living Space, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency and with funding support from CanCode.

Over 25 Grade 5 -7 students had the opportunity to showcase their digital literacy skills with Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson. Through three different activities, students learned more about astronaut health in space, what a sensor is and how they are calibrated, and how sensors can measure environmental conditions in the classroom.

“Innovative programs such as this are so important. They inspire curiosity and they help students discover new skills and new possibilities in STEM learning,” said Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson.

This digital literacy program gives teachers and students an opportunity to monitor conditions in their “living space” and integrate science and coding in a unique and engaging way in their classrooms. Participants compare their results to the real-time conditions experienced by Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques at the International Space Station.

“Kids of all ages and their educators are becoming more comfortable bringing technology to the classroom,” says Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder, Let’s Talk Science. “It’s important to provide youth and educators with the resources, strategies and tools necessary to help prepare Canadian youth to participate and thrive in a digital economy.”

Let’s Talk Science is committed to providing meaningful and relevant learning experiences using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to support critical skill development in youth and children across the country.

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ABOUT LET’S TALK SCIENCE

Let’s Talk Science – a leading partner in Canadian education – is a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering Canadian youth to develop the skills they need to participate and thrive in an ever-changing world. To accomplish this, Let’s Talk Science offers a comprehensive suite of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based programs to support youth, educators and volunteers across Canada. Let’s Talk Science’s national office is located in London, Ontario. For more information about Let's Talk Science, visit letstalkscience.ca

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sarah Hogeveen
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