Why is it Like That? - A Perimeter Institute Resource on the Nature of Science and Inquiry

Someone once said that scientists are simply people who never grow up... they never stop asking "Why?". Children's curiosity makes them natural scientists, and stimulating and engaging that curiosity can allow them to explore the nature of science and scientific explanation. In this workshop we will introduce a resource on the nature of science developed by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics which uses images and story to engage students in scientific explanation and inquiry. The approach works at all levels and can be expanded to include and acknowledge different approaches to explanation, including authentically engaging First Nations perspectives.

Target Audience

Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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  • Philip Freeman

    Philip Freeman has been teaching physics, mathematics, and philosophy for over 25 years and has helped to develop teaching resources for students at many levels. He believes deeply in Einstein's famous remark that "Things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler" and feels we sometimes inadvertently cheat our students of the richness of science by simplifying too much. He believes we can find ways to engage students that are both deep and accessible. Philip is a recently retired classroom teacher, an outreach coordinator for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and was an inaugural winner of the Canadian Association of Physicists Award for Excellence in High School Teaching.