School Programs

The creative and entertaining world of Beakerhead invites all students to step into the world of science and technology!

The creative and entertaining world of Beakerhead invites all students to step into the world of science and technology!


1. SCIENCE GENIUS RAP BATTLES
Brave teachers, the hip hop stage is calling! The 2018 Science Genius Rap Battles are about to begin. Grades 6-12 students at your school could be in the spotlight with their science raps at Beakerhead 2018.

Science Genius is an initiative that uses the power of hip-hop to engage youth who are traditionally disengaged in science classrooms by meeting them on their cultural turf. Under with guidance of hip hop ambassadors from GlobalFest who come to your school for four science classes in March and April, students create science-themed raps based on topics that are aligned to curriculum. This will not replace a lesson, but enhances it using a different technique of engaging students with the science content.

Students in this program show:

  • Increased attendance
  • Higher test scores
  • Enthusiasm for subject matter
  • Persistence in science
  • Increased science-mindedness: skills, traits, dispositions of scientists

Watch this video to learn more!

The top student group from your classroom or school will go to the finals at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre in May 2018. There is no charge to take part. However, bussing of students to the finals is the responsibility of the school. This program is supported by:









Important Dates

January 2 ............................................... Deadline to apply

January 15 ............................................. Classrooms selected

March-April ......................................... Hip hop ambassadors visits your school

May 31, 2018 ......................................... Finals at the National Music Centre

Sept 22, 2018 ....................................... Winners perform on stage at Beakernight

Apply by January 2 to be a part of the spring 2018 program!

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2. VIRTUAL SPEAKERHEAD
Bring an intriguing personality into your classroom – virtually!

Using social media, classrooms are encouraged to ask questions, live in conversation!

Date: January 2018, date TBA

Time: TBA

Duration: This live online event is a 15-minute presentation plus a 20 minute Q&A.

Criteria: Open to all school across time zones

Cost: Free

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Can’t login live? This presentation will be recorded and shared online so you can watch this with your class at a time that works for you!


3. INGENUITY CHALLENGE

Receiving a secret package in the mail with a classroom challenge is a great way to get students thinking as a team! The materials and theme remain a secret until the package arrives. This year, there is no limit to who can take part, thanks to some ingenious thinking (and generous support). All you have to pay for is postage.

The 2017 program is underway! If you missed it, look out for the registration opening in April for 2018 programs. If you are part of the 2017 program, you can submit your Ingenuity Challenge here:

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4. EDUCATOR'S FIELD GUIDE
This guide will give you ideas and inspiration on how to get your whole class merging the mental and the manual. Thomas Edison was on to something when he said, “ideas originate in the muscle.” This guides offers many activities that bring out a sense of collaboration and creativity, and is also designed to support field trips with pre and post activities. There are many ways to Beakerheadize your class (aka “make learning hands-on and fun”)

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BEAKERHEAD EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Education Advisory Council helps to oversee and guide the development of Beakerhead school programs so that they are high-quality and relevant educational experiences. The council members are:

  • Julie Barton
    Fine Arts & Off-Campus Specialist, Calgary Board of Education
  • Denise Kitagawa
    Board Member at Connect Charter School
  • Dan McWilliams
    Learning Specialist, Rockyview Schools
  • Tyler Melnyk
    Social Studies Teacher, Robert Thirsk High School
  • Jacqueline Ottmann
    Director of Indigenous Education Initiative, University of Calgary
  • Kirk Villanueva
    Elementry Science Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District

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