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UBCx: STEM Outside

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Outdoor Education in STEM is an activity focused, self-paced course designed to help educators use the skills that can be learned from outside, in nature and in the community and transferred to other STEM fields.

STEM Outside
3 weeks
1–2 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
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Starts Apr 23
Ends Dec 31

About this course

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The course will provide teachers with an understanding of how to incorporate outdoor education topics into their existing STEM curriculum. The focus of this course is to provide resources and skills for incorporating outdoor education into your curriculum for students to make the connection between their community and their learning. The course will feature engaging activities on a limited budget, so as to be accessible for every classroom. Each activity uses an inquiry lens to allow students to focus on aspects of their community that are important to them and to build student agency and ownership around these topics.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills:Outdoor Education

What you'll learn

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  • Learn the importance of outdoor education and the many skills it provides our students for the real-world
  • Understand how familiar outdoor spaces for the students can create rich learning environments where teachers can incorporate content and make what is learned in school more meaningful and relevant
  • Use outdoor education as a way to build connection with the environment and build a platform to then introduce sustainability topics
  • Become more comfortable and confident integrating outdoor education into other lessons and activities to create cross-curricular connections
  • Create inquiry-based learning activities based on Outdoor Ed and your own region
  • Gain resources and confidence to incorporate First People’s Principles into your science and outdoor education
  • Find relevant resources that can be incorporated into your curriculum
  • Build connections between outdoor education and other curriculum areas including Core Competencies, Science, Math, and ADST

Module 1: Introduction to Art in Engineering

Learn about why Outdoor Education is important and how to relate it to your other STEM topics.

Module 2: Bringing the Outside Inside

This module explains how to learn about Outdoor Education and STEM from inside instead of worrying about field trips and the management aspect of being in the community. It goes through various different activities for how you can bring outdoor education inside the classroom.

Module 3: Place Based and Land Based Learning

Learn the difference between these topics and where to find resources to teach about the First People’s Principles knowledge of the land you are on.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What technology/equipment do I need to take this course?

  • This course involves browser based activities which can be completed on any laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection.

Do I get anything upon completion?

  • Yes! Upon completion of each course you will receive a certificate, along with access to the many resources!

Can I take these courses if I don't teach in BC?

  • Of course! Anyone can sign up for these courses. Our courses will reference BC's curriculum throughout; however, you could modify the activities to fit your local curriculum.

Do I need any materials to complete this course?

  • Yes, a few of these activities require basic art supplies, and some require technology.

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