What is scientific guidance?
The service includes:
- Support by a volunteer science consultant, who has been recruited and trained by Éclairs de sciences, for each team of teachers. These consultants go to the school three or four times throughout the school year, depending on the model chosen by the school board.
- Support for the team of teachers before and after meetings, for example by answering science-related questions by email or by suggesting supplementary material.
In practical terms, the goal of scientific guidance is to:
- Demystify science and explain scientific and technological concepts included in the progression of learning of the Quebec Education Program, as suggested in Éclairs de sciences activities.
- Ensure that everyone understands and is equipped to use the active discovery process in science and technology (scientific method) in planning activities.
- Equip elementary school teachers well enough that they can explain scientific concepts to students on their own, answer students’ questions, and, above all, become autonomous in teaching science and technology.
Who are they?
People who want to share their passion for and knowledge of science with elementary school teachers. These volunteers come from universities, colleges, businesses, research centres, or are self-employed.