This is a short note to introduce myself, and to let
you know about the EC4U project which will allow more K-7 students to
get in touch with chemistry at an early age.
I have been with the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser
University since 2001 as a lecturer in chemistry. With over 20 years
of teaching experience at various other universities, I believe that
it is not just what you teach, but how you teach it that makes a difference.
My goal has always been that my students should really enjoy learning
chemistry and it is up to me to provide the tools to help them learn.
Three years ago I started developing a new project: EC4U
(Experimental Chemistry for Us). My goal is to provide Canada's young
people access to hands-on science skills through a process which encourages
and involves their science teachers. The K-7 target age-group is being
recognized more and more as a suitable age to “reach” youth
before they begin to disengage. EC4U directly involves the elementary
teachers in the planning of the experiments so that they’re suitable
to what the children are being taught at their particular school.
This project is provided at no cost to the schools.
I have gone to hundreds of classes in several different
schools, doing experiments with thousands of students. Up to now I
have contacted the teachers directly, asking them if they want me to
come to their classroom to perform chemistry experiments with their
students. Now that you have some insight on the EC4U project, I offer
you the opportunity to contact me if you have any questions or to enroll
if you want me to go to your school!