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.

Discover our Computational Thinking Framework, focusing on the connections between Computational Thinking and Digital Literacy.

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

  • Kindergarten – Grade 3 educators
  • Learn how skills related to understanding decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition, and algorithmic thinking support the development of students’ computational thinking skills.
  • Session Handout (password provided during session)

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.
  • 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.
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Register today to become a Let’s Talk Science Teacher Leader.

  • Looking to inspire fellow teachers to bring the “light bulb moments” of STEM education into the classroom? Become a certified Let’s Talk Science teacher leader. Build your skills set through online and in-person training and then share what you learn by facilitating the experience for others. Help educators incorporate curriculum aligned, easy to use resources in the classroom, all while being compensated for your time. Take the next step in your career, join a national community of who engage students in fun science and technology learning.
  • Details and Registration Information

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

May - June 2019

May 13, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series Part 1 - an Overview of the Living Space Project

  • Grades 6-12
  • This session will provide teachers with an introduction to the Living Space project, discuss how to plan for delivery and make curricular connections.
  • Register here!

May 14, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series Part 2 - Working with micro:bits

  • Grades 6-12
  • This session will introduce teachers to the micro:bit and MakeCode platform that are used during the project.
  • Register here!

May 15th, 2019
Coding with Purpose: Developing Critical Thinkers

May 15th, 2019
Young Computational Thinkers: Unplugged Coding in K-3

May 16, 2019
Fostering Empathetic Design: Design Thinking and Programmable Devices

May 16, 2019
Creative Collaborators: Solving Problems using Data

May 21, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series Part 3 - Working with Sensors and Data

  • Grades 6-12
  • This session will show teachers how to work with sensors as well as collect and analyze data.
  • Register here!

May 22, 2019
Living Space Webinar Series 4 - Finding Student Voice in Project Consolidation

  • Grades 6-12
  • This session will help teachers to empower student voice and consolidate scientific thinking throughout the project.
  • Register here!

May 29, 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.
  • Session Handout (password provided during session)
  • Register here!

August 2019

STEM Careers Discovery (Vancouver)

  • 70% of careers in Canada require or benefit from a background in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). Young people are opting out of these courses and limiting their future career opportunities because they can’t prepare for careers they don’t know exist. Discover resources you can use to help students recognize the huge variety of careers available to youth who have a STEM background.
  • Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Details and Registration Information

STEM Careers Discovery (Winnipeg)

  • 70% of careers in Canada require or benefit from a background in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). Young people are opting out of these courses and limiting their future career opportunities because they can’t prepare for careers they don’t know exist. Discover resources you can use to help students recognize the huge variety of careers available to youth who have a STEM background.
  • Date: Monday, 19 August 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
  • Location: Winnipeg, MB
  • Details and Registration Information

Robotics and Coding Teacher Cohorts

  • Be the first to join a national collaborative experience using coding and/or robotics to solve real-world challenges throughout the Grade 6 to 9 curriculum. Become a robotics and coding education leader in your school, creating and testing student learning challenges all while co-learning with peers. During the 2019-20 school year, join educators in a national collaborative experience to create and test student learning challenges that use coding and/or robotics to solve real-world challenges throughout the Grade 6 to 9 curriculum.
  • The cohort commitments consist of:
    • attendance at an in-person one-day event in Regina, SK (August 14) or St. John's, NL (August 21).
    • 3 virtual meet-ups during the 2019-20 school year with participation in the online community.
    • creating and testing student learning challenges created by the cohort during the year.
    • a willingness to share and become a part of a professional community of practice.
    • participation of your class in a virtual student challenge in the spring.
  • Details and Registration Information

Creative Collaborators: Using Data to Solve Problems in Early Years to Grade 6 (St. John's)

  • Enhance students’ ability to use data to design creative solutions to relevant, real-world problems as well as the development of students' global competencies including critical thinking, problem-solving,creativity, collaboration and communication. Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions on program planning for elementary education.
  • Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM NDT
  • Location: District Conference Centre. 40 Strawberry Marsh Road. St. John's, NL A1B 2V1
  • Details and Registration Information

Creative Collaborators: Using Data to Solve Problems in Early Years to Grade 6 (Corner Brook)

  • Enhance students’ ability to use data to design creative solutions to relevant, real-world problems as well as the development of students' global competencies including critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, collaboration and communication. Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions on program planning for elementary education.
  • Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM NDT
  • Location: S.D. Cook Building. 4 Fern Street. Corner Brook, NL
  • Details and Registration Information

Creative Collaborators: Using Data to Solve Problems in Early Years to Grade 6 (Gander)

  • Enhance students’ ability to use data to design creative solutions to relevant, real-world problems as well as the development of students' global competencies including critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, collaboration and communication. Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions on program planning for elementary education.
  • Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM NDT
  • Location: Central Regional Office. 203 Elizabeth Drive. Gander, NL A1V 1H6
  • Details and Registration Information

Creative Collaborators: Using Data to Solve Problems in Early Years to Grade 6 (Happy Valley-Goose Bay)

  • Enhance students’ ability to use data to design creative solutions to relevant, real-world problems as well as the development of students' global competencies including critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, collaboration and communication. Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions on program planning for elementary education.
  • Date: Thursday, 29 August 2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM ADT
  • Location: Queen of Peace Middle School. 6 Green Street. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0
  • Details and Registration Information

Robotics and Coding Teacher Cohorts

  • Be the first to join a national collaborative experience using coding and/or robotics to solve real-world challenges throughout the Grade 6 to 9 curriculum. Become a robotics and coding education leader in your school, creating and testing student learning challenges all while co-learning with peers. During the 2019-20 school year, join educators in a national collaborative experience to create and test student learning challenges that use coding and/or robotics to solve real-world challenges throughout the Grade 6 to 9 curriculum.
  • The cohort commitments consist of:
    • attendance at an in-person one-day event in Regina, SK (August 14) or St. John's, NL (August 21).
    • 3 virtual meet-ups during the 2019-20 school year with participation in the online community.
    • creating and testing student learning challenges created by the cohort during the year.
    • a willingness to share and become a part of a professional community of practice.
    • participation of your class in a virtual student challenge in the spring.
  • 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.

What is computational thinking?

Let’s Talk Science has compiled a global literature review and developed the following Computational Thinking Framework to guide our development of professional learning sessions.

Computational Thinking Framework (pdf)

Contact Us

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