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News from Canada: Explo-discory - Families at the farm

On Saturday 27 May, Dr Johanne Patry, chair of Science on Stage Canada organised a special workshop with La Maison de la Famille de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Following monthly workshops since November, this special event brought together 20 families with children from 8 months to 10 years old. 

The goal of this farm day was to introduce children to food production and farm animals. Different mini-workshops were held which use a scientific inquiry approach. The children produced butter from cream (change of state). They made writing chalk with egg shells (blending). With clay the kids modeled farm animals (anatomy). They put together their own perception of farms and food production with the help of old CD jackets and magazine pictures (projecting knowledge). Plus, they were 'presented' to different farm animals and the milk production system (animal diversity).

Everyone picnicked together with added milk chocolate et cheese, curtasy of Macdonald Farm of McGill University.

Explo-discovery worshops mission is to teach science to children 3 to 8 years old and to their parents. La Maison de la famille is a non-profit organisation which aims at working with families from different sectors, mainly vulnerable and economically problematic.

Well, such a day shows that hands-on science learning starts with the stomach!

08.06.2017

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