Build your Inquiry Bag of Tricks

"Science is a Verb" is a statement made famous by legendary science teachers Tik Liem and Irwin Talesnick, as they invited their students to engage in inquiry with simple and intriguing demonstrations and activities. In this spirit, Sandy and John will introduce you to some of their favourite invitations to inquiry, using easy-to-source materials and a curious, playful approach. Take away ideas that can stretch from fun introductory puzzles to deeper investigations. Great for grades 4-10.

Target Audience

Middle School (6-8)


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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    Sandy Eix

    Sandy Eix has been inventing exhibits, programs, and shows at Science World for over 20 years. Her job lets her play with all sorts of science and share her discoveries with kids of all ages. Some highlights so far have included developing exhibitions about fuel cells, pop music, and the art and science of light; running a summer camp for teachers; creating science resources for preschoolers; training science centre professionals in Turkey; and opening Science World’s Tinkering Space. John Eix is Sandy's dad, and is a retired Chemistry teacher from Ontario. He taught at the Faculty of Education at UofT, and at Upper Canada College, and has never stopped tinkering with demonstrations and activities to inspire young learners to inquiry and understanding.


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