EcoNova offers funtastic and practical workshops about environmental and climate related topics. From K to 12. They are memorable experiences linked to the curriculum and allowing to start a class project!
Introduction to Germination - 1h30 (K to Gr4) – In Class or Online
Hands-on workshop aimed at the youngest children, they will experience the cycle of plants and understand the role that plants play in our environment and daily life (carbon capture, oxygen production, alimentation, etc.). The workshop presents all types of germination possible: from seeds, tubercules and beans. The workshop begins with a dynamic presentation, followed by a practical activity. All required material and equipment are included.
From Larvae to Butterfly - 90 min (K to G5) - In Class or Online Available from April to June
Awe-some workshop introducing students to the characteristics of the most majestic insect: the butterfly. The activity begins with a dynamic presentation of the 3 stages of life of the Painted Lady butterfly (or Monarch, to be confirmed), followed by a practical activity of aviary making. A dozen larvae will be installed in the aviary allowing students to observe the metamorphosis of the butterfly (1 month) before releasing them in the wild.
In class, the larvae are brought by our team. Online, the larvae are delivered to teachers directly.
Biosphere - 90 min (K to G5) In Class Only
Hands-on workshop beginning with a dynamic presentation that raises awareness about the importance of ecosystems and their fragile balance. A practical activity follows consisting in the creation of a biosphere that recreates the natural environment of a dwarf shrimp and an algae.
Composting Investigation – 90min (G4 to G7) In Class Only
This workshop focuses on the issue of recyclable, non-recyclable and recoverable waste production in Canada. It includes a presentation that allows students to reflect on their waste production and their environmental impact. An interactive quiz allows them to assess their knowledge and learn more. Finally, students will have a hands-on activity consisting in preparing a WormFarm in order to reduce organic waste while valuing it.
My Carbon Footprint – 90min (G5 to G7) – In Class or Online
This workshop offers to students a reflection on their carbon footprint related to their food consumption and the impact it has on climate. The workshop begins with a presentation of the topic and issue, followed by a practical exercise consisting in an auto-evaluation of their habits that will put into practice self-awareness and mathematics. The workshop ends with a discussion and a question-and-answer session. Students will keep a set of information tools to share with their family.
The Climate Puzzle – 120min (G6 to G12) – In Class or Online With "The Climate Collage"
A fun, participative and creative workshop on climate change lasting at least two hours. It is based on collective intelligence and is aimed for both novices and experts on the functioning of climate and the consequences of its disruption. This workshop begins with a theoretical presentation and an explication of the rules of the game, then groups are formed in order to solve the puzzle. Finally, the puzzles made are presented to the groups, follow by a discussion on the best ways to take action for climate.
New! The Urban Carnivores Around Us! – 90 min (K – G8)- In Class or Online
This workshop introduces students in a playful way to the recognition of certain urban species of “wild” animals: footprints and different clues. Follow by an outdoor activity that will allow students to observe them (camera trap, creation of a muddy path). After the workshop students will have all practical skills and knowledge to cohabitate in a smart way with this species (skunk, lynx, bear, raccoon).
Hydroponics – 90min (G7 to G8) – In Class or Online
This initiation to hydroponics is a collaborative and creative workshop. It approaches how human beings will possibly produce food in the future through hydroponics, a technology that can produce a quality diet with a minimum of negative environmental consequences. After a presentation, the students work in groups and propose a project to feed urban communities of future and even the space exploration crews. The workshop ends with the creation of a mini hydroponic station in class.