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Pre-Conference Symposium • October 18
Delta Hotel by Marriott & Radisson Hotel - Edmonton South
Gateway Blvd & 44 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta
MCATA is the Mathematics Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and its mission is to provide
leadership to encourage the continuing enhancement of teaching, learning and understanding. 
ATASC is the Science Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association and its mission is to promote,
support and enhance the teaching of science in Alberta.
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Pre-Conference Symposium - October 18
--Arrive at the Delta Hotel between 7:30 - 8:00 am on October 18th to pick up your registration package.--

Morning: 9:00am-11:00am - Dr. Boom (provided transportation leaves from the Delta Hotel at 8:30am)

Lucio Gelmini, PhD (Dr. Boom)
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
MacEwan University
This session will feature, the aptly named, Dr. Boom showcasing his travelling science show. Participants will have an amazing opportunity to be (re)introduced to the wonders of science through Dr. Boom's sometimes explosive (quite literally!) chemistry demos.
Dr. Gelmini's background is in organometallic chemistry (catalyst), which has included some bio-inorganic chemistry. He has focused mainly on general chemistry and inorganic chemistry. He enjoys performing chemistry demonstrations in class and, as a member of the board of directors for the Alberta Science Network (ASN), he visits kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms to give chemistry/science demonstrations to encourage interest in careers in science. He is a member of the executive of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Edmonton section.
Dr. Gelmini gives "chemistry all around you" presentations to the public and to students in kindergarten through Grade 12. 
Lunch (included)
Afternoon: 1:00pm -3:30pm  - Choice of: Nanotech Tour (U of A) - OR - Ed Camp (Delta Hotel) 
(transportation back to the Delta Hotel provided for both options)
Discover Nanoscience at NINT (National Institute for Nanotechnology)   Limit of 60 people (first 60 to register)
~Sponsored by CMASTEFaculty of Education, University of Alberta~
Canada supports research and development in nanoscience at one of the leading nanotechnology institutes in the world -- The National Institute for Nanotechnology -- located on the University of Alberta campus.  Here in this $52 million dollar interdisciplinary facility, scientists in many disciplines, work with engineers, technicians and others to advance the science of the extremely small.  This hands-on, interactive session will take you on a tour of this facility, including their state-of-the-art electron microscope suite.  We will introduce you to some of the amazing things that are being done using these instruments.  Using a tabletop scanning electron microscope, you will be able to prepare, mount, view and capture images with objects that you choose, and learn the art and science of electron microscopy first-hand. 
Ed Camp
Ed Camp is a form of 'unconference' designed specifically for teachers and their needs. Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Ed Camp has an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event.  
This year MCATA and SC are proud to invite you to this experience.
This experience will be...
Participant-driven. Sessions are determined at the event, and there are no prescheduled presentations or keynotes.
The goal is to keep sessions spontaneous, interactive and responsive to everyone’s needs.
Experience, not Experts. All teachers and education stakeholders are professionals worthy of sharing their expertise in a collaborative setting.
Reliant on the Rule of Two Feet. Participants are encouraged to actively self-select the best content and sessions.
Ed Campers should leave sessions that do not meet their needs. This provides an effective way of “weeding out” sessions
that are not based on appropriate research or not delivered in an engaging format.
 Hope to see you there!
 Cost: $75.00  (lunch included)
•register early, as places are limited•
To register, go to the Registration tab above and select 'Pre-Conference Symposium' in the
Conference Extras section of the registration form.

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