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

January - March 2019

January 7th, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series Part 1 - an Overview of the Living Space Project

Le 8 janvier, 2019
Espace vivant - Séries de webinaires - Partie 1 - Aperçu du projet

  • 6e à 12e année (6e année - secondaire 5)
  • Cette séance de formation vise à introduire le projet d'action Espace vivant, sa planification et les liens avec le programme.
  • Inscription à la séance de 16h (HNE)

January 9th, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series Part 2 - Working with micro:bits

Le 10 janvier, 2019
Espace vivant - Séries de webinaires - Partie 2 - Travailler avec les micro:bit

  • 6e à 12e année (6e année - secondaire 5)
  • Cette séance de formation servira à présenter les micro:bit et la plateforme de programmation MakeCode.
  • Inscription à la séance de 16h (HNE)

January 14th, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series Part 3 - Working with Sensors and Data

Le 15 janvier, 2019
Espace vivant - Séries de webinaires - Partie 3 - Travailler avec le dispositif de capteurs et les données

  • 6e à 12e année (6e année - secondaire 5)
  • Cette séance de formation servira à présenter l'utilisation du dispositif de capteurs afin de collecter des données, ainsi que leur analyse et saisie dans la base de données nationale.
  • Inscription à la séance de 16h (HNE)

January 16th, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series Part 4 - Finding Student Voice in Project Consolidation

Le 17 janvier, 2019
Espace vivant - Séries de webinaires - Partie 4 - Consolidation du projet, micro à l'élève

  • 6e à 12e année (6e année - secondaire 5)
  • Cette séance de formation encouragera les enseignants à utiliser les activités proposées dans ce module afin de consolider les apprentissages faits tout au long du projet.
  • Inscription à la séance de 16h (HNE)

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

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

February 26th, 2019
Coding with Purpose: Developing Critical Thinkers

February 27th, 2019
Fostering Empathetic Design: Design Thinking and Programmable Devices

February 28th, 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 6-7PM EST Session

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

March 13th, 2019
Fostering Empathetic Design: Design Thinking and Programmable Devices

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

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

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

January 16, 2019
Strengthening Students’ Competencies and Inquisitive Minds with STEM

  • Early Years – Grade 3 educators
  • Location: Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium | 16325 – 83 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
  • Organization: This session is being hosted by Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, in partnership with Let’s Talk Science
  • Details and Registration Information: https://www.erlc.ca/programs/details.php?id=7336

A New Digital Literacy – Calgary 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, February 23, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM MST
  • Location: TBD
    • 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 – 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

A New Digital Literacy – Halifax 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, February 9, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM AST
  • Location: TBD
    • A dynamic keynote experience
    • 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 – Toronto 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, January 26 2019
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM EST
  • Location: Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, Toronto, Ontario
    • A dynamic keynote experience with Ken Steele, founder of Eduvation and video blog Top Ten with Ken
    • Participation in a choice of five digital literacy workshops
    • Ready-to-use curriculum aligned resources for your classroom
    • Complimentary lunch
  • Register and Learn more

January 28, 2019
STEM Careers: Essential for a Comprehensive Career Program

  • Grade 7 – Grade 12 educators
  • Location: Shaw Center | 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
  • Organization: This session is being hosted by Let’s Talk Science at the Cannexus 2019 National Career Development Conference
  • Details and Registration Information: https://sched.co/Gqf0

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