Professional Learning

We help you create captivating learning experiences for your students.

Let’s Talk Science professional learning sessions use a skills-based approach to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and digital literacy that focuses on the development of student competencies through inquiry and problem solving. Our sessions provide practical, hands-on, curriculum aligned strategies that can be easily incorporated into the classroom.

What We Do

Move your students from being digital consumers to digital innovators!

  • Presented in partnership with Fair Chance Learning, A New Digital Literacy is a CanCode funded professional learning program for Canadian educators that offers a transformative and sustainable approach to learning. The program will equip educators with the knowledge to empower students with the digital skills to thrive in the globally connected, technology rich world, while helping develop the critical, computational, and design thinking skills needed to take them from tech consumer to innovator. Educators will take-away ready-to use curriculum aligned resources and challenges to use with their students right away in their classroom.

Go to the Upcoming Sessions section below and sign up for a webinar or in-person workshop near you.


Young Computational Thinkers: Unplugged Coding in K-3

Creative Collaborators: Solving Problems using Data

Coding with Purpose: Developing Critical Thinkers

Fostering Empathetic Design: Design Thinking and Programmable Devices

Digitally Literate Changemakers: Supporting Student-Driven Solutions to Real-World Problems

  • Grade 10 – Grade 12 educators
  • Learn how to facilitate a student-led design thinking challenge. Rooted in empathetic design, this process leads students through problem solving from predicting solutions, to testing, to revision, to deployment. Help students develop digital skills and learn how to incorporate open source data to expand the possibilities for inquiry across disciplines at the secondary level.
  • Link to Session Handout (password provided during session)

Living Space

  • Grade 6 – Grade 9 educators
  • This professional learning will support educators who wish to run Let’s Talk Science latest action project: Living Space – exploring the optimal environmental conditions for life. This action project was developed with the Canadian Space Agency as part of the upcoming International Space Station mission. Funding for this project has been provided by The Government of Canada as part of their CanCode program.

Nurturing Students’ Inquisitive Minds with STEM

  • Early Years – Grade 3 educators
  • This professional learning session will provide Early Years and Kindergarten to Grade 3 educators opportunities to participate in hands-on/minds-on strategies that will develop student's inquiry and problem-solving skills.
    Participants will:
    • Gain hands-on/minds-on experience with student-centered, curriculum-aligned resources.
    • Explore scientific inquiries that enhance students’ ability to observe, predict, sort and classify, compare and contrast, and draw conclusions.
    • Participate in design and build challenges that support the development of students’ problem identification, designing, planning, creating, testing, and evaluating skills.
    • Learn how skills related to understanding decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition, and algorithmic thinking support the development of students’ computational thinking skills.
    • Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions that support program planning in early STEM education.

STEM Inquiry in the Early Years – Grade 3 Classroom

  • Early Years – Grade 3 educators
  • Join colleagues for a professional learning session and participate in hands-on/minds-on strategies that will develop student's inquiry and problem-solving skills. Resources will be drawn from Let's Talk Science' website; a great resource for early years, kindergarten and primary grade educators with a suite of FREE classroom-ready, skills-based resources. Participants will explore scientific inquiries that enhance students’ ability to observe, predict, sort and classify, compare and contrast, and draw conclusions.

STEM Design and Build Challenges in the Early Years – Grade 3 Classroom

  • Early Years – Grade 3 educators
  • Join colleagues for a professional learning session and participate in hands-on/minds-on strategies that will develop student's creativity and problem-solving skills as they relate to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Resources will be drawn from Let's Talk Science' website; a great resource for early years, kindergarten and primary grade educators with a suite of FREE classroom-ready, skills-based resources. Participants will explore and participate in design and build challenges that support the development of students’ problem identification, designing, planning, creating, testing, and evaluating skills.

From Story to Design: Using children’s literature to develop students’ questioning and problem-solving skills

  • Early Years – Grade 3 educators
  • This professional learning session will provide Early Years and Kindergarten to Grade 3 educators the opportunity to discover and use effective learning strategies that develop students’ questioning and problem-solving skills.
    Participants will:
    • Learn and engage in a Design and Build framework to formulate questions and solve problem scenarios presented through children’s literature.
    • Learn how use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to support students’ literacy, communication, creativity, critical thinking and teamwork skills.
    • Meet and collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions that support program planning in early STEM.

Inquiry and Technological Problem Solving as Contexts for Numeracy (Mathematics)

  • Early Years – Grade 3 educators
  • This professional learning session will provide Early Years and Kindergarten to Grade 3 educators opportunities to explore effective learning strategies that purposefully integrate skills and concepts in mathematics/numeracy with scientific inquiries and design and build challenges (technological problem solving).
    Participants will:
    • Gain hands-on experience with scientific inquiries and design and build (technological problem solving) challenges that integrate skills and concepts of mathematics in a meaningful way.
    • Learn how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) support development of children’s communication, creative, critical thinking and collaboration skills.
    • Meet and collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions that support program planning in early STEM education.

Using STEM to Address Curriculum Outcomes in Career Education

  • Grade 7 – Grade 12 educators
  • Approximately 70% of the top jobs in Canada require some form of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Let’s Talk Science has developed a careers strategy to showcase interesting STEM careers. In this session, participants will learn how to address curriculum outcomes involving career education. Using Let's Talk Science' free careers section, participants will also identify resources and opportunities that fit their classroom and students. The option to include an exploration of our 360 virtual reality STEM careers environment, which allows students to “step into” potential STEM careers, is available with this workshop.

Strategies to Improve Student Motivation, Active Learning and Questioning Skills

  • Grade 7 – Grade 12 educators
  • Let's Talk Science is your go-to place for free, curriculum-aligned, classroom-ready resources for Grades 7-12 science courses. CurioCity starting points, action projects, learning and questioning strategies are designed to help teachers motivate their students to learn the science behind everyday events and phenomena. This is a hands-on session that allows educators the opportunity to explore and identify resources that best fit their needs.

Citizen Science Projects for your Classroom

  • Grade 7 – Grade 12 educators
  • This Let’s Talk Science workshop for grades 7-12 teachers explores how Let's Talk Science citizen science projects engage students in real life science and data collection. These projects also motivate students, address curriculum outcomes in biology, chemistry, environmental science and space science, and help develop collaboration and critical thinking skills.

Tomatosphere: An out of this world experience

  • Kindergarten – Grade 12 educators
  • Tomatosphere is a free program where Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across Canada use "space" tomato seeds to investigate the effects of outer space on seed germination. In this workshop, educators will explore the skills and process of scientific experimentation and best practices for the implementation of Tomatosphere in the classroom. 

Upcoming Sessions

March - June 2019

March 12th, 2019
Coding with Purpose: Developing Critical Thinkers

le 12 mars
La programmation à dessein : le développement de penseurs critiques

  • Enseignants de la maternelle à la 3e année
  • Introduction aux notions de pensée computationnelle par le biais d’activités exploratoires et de programmation permettant aux élèves d’acquérir des compétences en résolution de problèmes réels.
  • Registration

le 13 mars
Jeunes penseurs computationnels : programmation déconnectée de la maternelle à la 3e année

  • Enseignants de la 1re à la 3e secondaire
  • Les participants apprendront de quelle manière les compétences liées aux capacités de décomposition, d’abstraction, de reconnaissance de motifs et de raisonnement algorithmique favorisent pour les enfants le développement de la pensée computationnelle..
  • Registration

March 14th, 2019
Digitally Literate Changemakers: Supporting Student-Driven Solutions to Real-World Problems

  • Grade 10 – Grade 12 educators
  • Learn how to facilitate a student-led design thinking challenge. Rooted in empathetic design, this process leads students through problem solving from predicting solutions, to testing, to revision, to deployment. Help students develop digital skills and learn how to incorporate open source data to expand the possibilities for inquiry across disciplines at the secondary level.
  • Link to Session Handout (password provided during session)
  • Registration for 4PM EST Session

le 20 mars
Collaborateurs créatifs : la résolution de problèmes au moyen de données

  • Enseignants de la 4e à la 6e année
  • Mise au point de solutions créatives à des problèmes pertinents en s’appuyant sur des données.
  • Registration

le 21 mars
Favoriser la création empathique
la pensée conceptuelle et les dispositifs programmables

  • Enseignants de la 1re à la 3e secondaire
  • Découverte des processus de pensée conceptuelle et des manières d’utiliser les dispositifs programmables pour résoudre avec empathie des problèmes de la vie réelle.
  • Registration

March 19th, 2019
Young Computational Thinkers: Unplugged Coding in K-3

March 20th, 2019
Creative Collaborators: Solving Problems using Data

Pre-recorded Sessions

Fostering Empathetic Design: Design Thinking and Programmable Devices

Digitally Literate Changemakers: Supporting Student-Driven Solutions to Real-World Problems

Living Space Webinar Series Part 1 - an Overview of the Living Space Project

A New Digital Literacy – Vancouver Summit
Move your students from being digital consumers to digital innovators.

  • Open to all K-12 educators, join us for a full day of professional learning and collaboration - at no cost!
  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM PST
  • Location: SAP Canada, 910 Mainland Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A9
    • A dynamic keynote experience with Dr. Alec Couros
    • Participation in a choice of five digital literacy workshops
    • Ready-to-use curriculum aligned resources for your classroom
    • Complimentary lunch
  • Details and Registration Information

A New Digital Literacy – Winnipeg Summit
Move your students from being digital consumers to digital innovators.

  • Open to all K-12 educators, join us for a full day of professional learning and collaboration - at no cost!
  • Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM CST
  • Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5
    • A dynamic keynote experience with Dr. Alec Couros
    • Participation in a choice of five digital literacy workshops
    • Ready-to-use curriculum aligned resources for your classroom
    • Complimentary lunch
  • Details and Registration Information

Coding with Purpose Using Robotics (March, 2019)

  • Let's Talk Science and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education will be presenting a 1-day professional learning opportunity for Grade 7 to 9 teachers.
  • Dates: March 20th – Regina
    March 21st - North Battleford
  • This full-day professional learning session will support middle years educators in their understanding and ability to implement the new Practical and Applied Arts Curriculum: Robotics and Automation 10, 20, 30 as well as further their understanding of computational thinking and inquiry learning.

    The full-day workshop will be a hands-on learning experience for educators and will support their ability to integrate coding activities through core subject areas by exploring curriculum aligned coding and robotics activities.

    Release time and travel costs must be covered by the local school division. Lunch will be provided.
  • Details and Registration Information

LIVE Code (April - June, 2019)

  • Let's Talk Science and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education will be presenting a series of live broadcasts to Saskatchewan schools. This opportunity is open to all K-6 educators.

    Broadcasts in English (Times of the broadcasts are still being determined and will be shared via email):
    April 17, 2019: Focus on Coding and Literacy
    May 1, 2019: Focus on Coding and Numeracy
    June 5, 2019: Focus on Coding and STEM


    Broadcasts in French (Times of the broadcasts are still being determined and will be shared via email.):
    le 3 avril, 2019: Jeunes penseurs computationnels : programmation déconnectée de la maternelle à la 3e année
    le 3 avril, 2019: Collaborateurs créatifs : la résolution de problèmes au moyen de données de la 4e à la 6e année

    These broadcasts will model best practices for educators when introducing computational thinking concepts and skills to students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and Grades 4 to 6. During the broadcasts, a Let’s Talk Science facilitator will engage students in hands-on learning activities that will model the integration of coding into literacy, numeracy and STEM. All activities will be aligned to Saskatchewan curriculum. Participating teachers will be provided with follow-up activities that they can do on their own with their students after the broadcasts.

    Please note: Although the topic of the broadcast will be the same (i.e. literacy, numeracy, STEM), the activities and focus of the broadcast will differ for the grade range to align with Saskatchewan curriculum.

  • Details and Registration Information

Additional Information

Who can participate?

Early Years to Grade 12 educators, pre-service educators, teacher educators, Early Childhood Educators, board representatives, curriculum consultants – from STEM beginner to STEM expert.

What format do you offer professional learning in?

Let’s Talk Science Professional Learning sessions are shared in a variety of ways - Choose from full day, half day or multi day seminars, webinars, assisted curriculum implementations, conference workshops, mentorships programs and more!

Contact us to find out how we can help create a professional learning experience for a larger group or search our professional learning listings to find an opportunity near you.

How do I join a professional learning experience?

First find an opportunity near you, and register online with the link provided or sign up for our newsletter and receive notifications about new professional learning sessions.

Contact Us

Joanna Sanders
Director, Professional Learning
Let’s Talk Science
jsanders@letstalkscience.ca