Good news for parents who have been struggling keeping their kids occupied while schools have been closed, the Province has announced it will be providing educational content during school closures.
In partnership with Science North and the Ontario Science Centre, the Province is providing educational material for teachers and students from Kindergarten through grade 12 while schools remain closed due to the pandemic.
The Province is providing $1.5 million to create videos and resources to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning, all of which will be made in Ontario.
“We know the importance of providing parents and educators with additional resources to keep students engaged and learning during this difficult time,” Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, said in a news release.
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“Through our partnership with Science North and the Ontario Science Centre we will create new resources focusing on STEM skills that will help our students continue to prepare for the jobs of the future,” he continued.
Resources for elementary school teachers and students will be created by Science North, while the Ontario Science Centre will develop materials for secondary school teachers and students.
Additionally, all resources will be available in both English and French and will include:
- Professional development videos for educators
- Virtual and at-home hands-on STEM activities for students
- Activities and student worksheets which can be printed and distributed through school boards
“Science North and the Ontario Science Centre have been welcoming Ontario’s young learners to the wonderful world of science for decades,” Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, said in the same release.
“Their interactive, hands-on learning experiences have inspired the next generation of scientists, technicians and researchers right here in Ontario. I’m proud that these new online resources will support students with the high-quality, accessible content they need to continue learning at home during this unprecedented time,” she continued.