Summer break is here!

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Summer break is just around the corner, and as you and your family get geared up for a change of pace and perspective, we thought that we would share some interesting links related to learning, science and summer!

Of course what better way to kick off the Summer, than by celebrating Canada Day with your friends and family!

  • Here is the link to all the fun in Ottawa
  • And this great resource with links to a number of other Canada Day events around the country:

And once you have finished watching the fireworks, why not find out more about what makes fireworks bang and sparkle with your kids?

Introducing science to young minds at an early age is more important than ever.

We found this Report by Let's Talk Science really interesting and timely. The folks Let's Talk Science released a benchmarking research paper on "Science Learning" that was reviewed by Preston Manning and other noted science policy thought leaders. The Report notes that Canada will be left behind if we don't get training a new generation of scientists!

  • You can download the Report here.

So where do we start in training a new generation of scientists to participate in innovative research? Well, making scientific issues interesting and accessible to younger generations is certainly one way to attract interest. We found this posting looking at innovative ways we can introduce science and chemistry into classrooms really fun and informative.

  • Take a minute to look at this great video that explains chemistry through paper cutout animation and young romance:

And, as we are heading into summer, why not look at enrolling your kids in a science related camp?

  • Here are a number of summer camp suggestions from our friends at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa:

Lilly has been discussing the importance of ongoing scientific training and exploration at any age and supporting local solutions for some time. Rob Smith blogged about this in Sept. 2010 from a U.S. perspective, but really, the issues he raised apply equally to Canada as the "Science Learning" paper linked to above tells us.

"What we need is not an intensive program to produce an elite cadre of brilliant scientists, but a common effort as a society to develop whole new generations .....with knowledge and skills in math and science ... a large pool from which great scientists and breakthrough ideas will emerge." Dr. Lechleiter