Spark Learning Lab
A bolt of inspiration!

Spark Learning Lab

Professional development for educators

By popular demand, Spark Learning Lab is back in 2022!

Need a bolt of inspiration to supercharge your classroom experience in 2022? Want to help build a more inclusive and curious learning community?

Join TELUS Spark Science Centre for three engaging online professional development sessions, that unlock science communications, science-based tools, and new methods for teaching science (and other subjects) in the classroom. Spark Learning Lab is a learning-focused program designed for not just teachers, but educators and professional-learners alike!

Spark Learning Lab Winter Sessions now open for registration.

It's a wealth of information and engagement, for only $5 per session!

Sessions in January, February and March focus on technology in the classroom and science communication in an age of disinformation – see below for more details!

Do you identify as an Indigenous educator or an educator who works with Indigenous youth?

If so, you are eligible to participate free of charge! Please contact [email protected] for more details.

  • Rescheduled
  • Spring 2022

Technology in the Classroom: Art and Minecraft

with The Mackenzie Art Gallery

It’s two incredible speakers in one virtual session!

Cat works through video games, performance and expanded reality to explore the control and conflicts of labour and its relationship with technology. Graduating in 2018 with her MFA in Design for Emerging Technologies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her practice uses technology to reimagine existing social relations and the future of work.

Jon is a XR artist and developer who makes games and software. His practice evolved from creating applications to facilitate interaction between performance artists and audiences, to building irreverent interactive experiences for mobile devices and VR headsets.

  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • February 15, 2022

Technology in the Classroom: Robots, Coding and Beyond

with Neil Whaley

Neil has spent most of his life immersed in STEAM disciplines in one way or another -- constantly fascinated by the everyday world around us, as well as the seen and unseen connections that make things tick.

As a former software developer and consultant, he brings an extensive background in coding and real-world problem solving to his educational practice. He was the coordinator and instructor for STEM Tinker School and Social Enterprise School with Campus Calgary/Open Minds. Neil also holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Calgary.

  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • March 1, 2022

Science Communication in the Age of Disinformation

with Dr. Raven Baxter

Raven Baxter, Ph.D., aka Dr. Raven the Science Maven, is an internationally acclaimed American educator and molecular biologist known for effortlessly merging science with pop culture. Using her magnetic personality, she challenges the status quo to prove that science communicators aren’t all one and the same.

Whether producing viral hip-hop videos such as her “Antibodyody Antibody Song” and “Wipe it Down” to teach science lessons to the masses, or hosting a STEM-themed talk show she created called STEMbassy, she joyfully disrupts traditional cultural perceptions about scientists.

“An amazing, MUST-DO, personal and teaching practice altering experience that allows you to feel and be creatively confident”

Former Participant

“A great environment to be uncomfortable, develop new skills, experience being a learner, and improve your teaching practice.”

Former Participant

“Design Thinking is a way of thinking and doing that empowers our students with what they need to be innovators, creators, collaborators, critical thinkers and risk-takers in our society. Nobody knows how design thinking can be transformative in education better than the dedicated team of educators at Telus Spark.”

Former Participant

“It's a chance to learn to think fluidly, brainstorm rapidly, and generate ideas that you can really make. You're pushed to think, act, and collaborate quickly and when mistakes arise, which they do, you build on them and learn.”

Former Participant

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