CSEdWeek (Computer Science Education Week) – Hour of Code

Would you like to win $2000 to implement a
classroom learning project?

Last year, over 10 million students participated in the first Hour of Code, held in conjunction with CSEdWeek. This year, the goal is to reach 100 million students. Everyone is encouraged to participate and each organizer will be recognized. Please visit http://hourofcode.com/ca for more information. Brilliant Labs (http://brilliantlabs.ca/) will provide to one classroom in Saskatchewan, the resources (up to a value of $2000.00) to implement a technology-based, hands-on, student-centric learning project. To be eligible for this prize, events must be registered before December 12, 2014.

For the 5th straight year, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Regina is marking Computer Science Education Week. In 2014, everyone is invited to these events:

* screening of the documentary film “Code Kids”, followed by a discussion about Computer Science Education in Saskatchewan – December 11, 7 p.m., Research and Innovation Centre

(RIC) theatre, U of R:


* LEGO Robotics open house, where teams of students aged 9-14 who are preparing for Saskatchewan’s first FIRST LEGO League tournament will show off their robots in action – December 13, 3-4 p.m., Multi-purpose room, Riddell Centre, U of R:


Questions?  Please contact Daryl Hepting (hepting@cs.uregina.ca)

President’s Blog – What Inspires You?

President’s Blog:

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?? – By: Phil Langford

If you weren’t at Regina’s Conexus Arts Centre (formerly Centre of the Arts) last evening (Dec. 3rd), you missed a grand opportunity! Commander Chris Hadfield was there and took us through his journey from his dream when he was 9 years old of becoming the next man on the moon, to his touchdown after completing his third mission in space during which he was the commander of the International Space Station. What a ride! The photos he brought with him were, as is no surprise to those 1.2 million of us who followed him on Twitter, breathtaking! He opened his program by singing David Bowie’s “Major Tom”, which was, and still is, a massive YouTube success, in a duet with Glass Tiger’s lead singer Alan Frew. To say I was inspired would be the world’s largest understatement. What happened after the presentation was a huge bonus (see picture below)! His main message: set yourself a goal of accomplishment, find out what steps you can take each week to get there, and never be satisfied with your current level of competency – you can always better yourself! His journey was 26 years long!! If you have not read his book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, please add it to your “must read” list!

Thank you, Commander Hadfield, for all you have done to inspire this science teacher to new heights and for giving him even more to dream about as he seeks to inspire the next generation of potential astronauts!
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Sciematics 2015

Sciematics 2015

Embracing Change  ~ New Curricula/New practices

Sciematics 2015 is a provincial conference for Science and Mathematics teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  It is hosted by the Saskatchewan Science Teachers’ Society. As has been the longstanding tradition of Sciematics, this conference will include quality sessions in math and science.

 Do you have some interesting ideas or strategies that you would like to share with your colleagues?  We would like to invite you to submit a session proposal for Sciematics 2015.  The conference will be held in Regina at the University of Regina.  

We believe that Sciematics 2015 will be an exciting time when Science and Mathematics teachers will learn new techniques, ideas and strategies that they can use with their students.  It is only with the ASSISTance of individuals like you that this will become a reality. We invite you to consider a proposal for a one hour workshop or presentation. Everybody has their area(s) of expertise. The more we share this expertise, the better the outcome for our students!

Although Sciematics 2015 is not able to cover any of your expenses, you will be entitled to a complimentary conference registration (which itself includes a two-year membership with the SSTS).  If you plan to be joined by a colleague, the committee is only able to offer one complimentary registration.  Please complete the form and return it as soon as possible.

On a closing note, we know that your participation in our conference will contribute to the professional development of Science and Mathematics teachers in Saskatchewan and we hope that we will see you in Saskatoon in May of 2015. If you have any questions please contact one of our committee members.

Sciematics Committee Members from SSTS


Patrick A. Kossmann
Email:  Patrick.kossmann(at)pvsd.ca

Phil Langford
Email: phil.langford(at)pvsd.ca

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