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About Ingrid

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Ingrid's bio:
For the last 24 years, Ingrid has been involved in hands-on science teaching to students and families. She currently develops and teaches hands-on science classes and teacher workshops in Vancouver, BC Elementary schools. She previously developed hands-on science activities for science centres, museums and botanical gardens in Vancouver, New York City and San Francisco. Ingrid was trained as a biologist, receiving her PhD from Berkeley in 1996, and lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two children (grades 10 and 12). Resume (pdf).

Ingrid's philosophy of science teaching:

  • Science activities are hands-on whenever possible.
  • Science activities should connect to familiar topics and objects, so extending and deepening students’ understanding of their own world and its underlying science.
  • Children are natural experimentalists. The best activities are rich enough to allow students to explore independently, while encouraging discussion and collaborative experimentation.
  • Students should be guided in their explorations to use critical thinking skills and the processes of scientific discovery.
  • Activities that use familiar, low-tech materials empower students to continue their explorations with items found at home, or easily obtained from the dollar store, supermarket or hardware store.
  • Messy is good - it means complexity, which leads to unexpected discoveries and creates interesting patterns that our brains seek.