Goals of STEM Pedagogy in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB): 

  • To promote higher levels of student achievement by supporting all entry points for a STEM-centric pedagogy in all TDSB schools and for a range of career pathways.
  • To develop students’ creative and innovative thinking in and across disciplines, with a focus on the application of mathematics, science, engineering design and technology.
  • To increase students’ confidence and engagement in dealing with open-ended and complex problems.
  • To challenge the under-representation of historically marginalized communities in STEM fields by removing existing barriers to engagement and achievement.




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Celebrations:   

Stanley Public School

Five Grade 5 students from Stanley Public School are going to see their inventions made real, thanks to a partnership between Little Inventors and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

All five students will see their inventions brought to life through animation and three will see their inventions made into prototypes by Little Inventors’ Magnificent Makers.

Sindhuja Vellanki and Rebeca Lopez will work with designers to animate Scrubber Skates and Bone Out respectively. Josue Lopez’s Extension Shoes, Audrey Ma’s Walk and Listen to the Radio and Nysia Nelson’s Temperature Tongue Censor will be animated before being made into prototypes.

“The Little Inventors program wrapped STEM, the engineering design process and 21st century skills into one package,” said Mitzie Marshall. “It encouraged our students to think critically and creatively to solve real and relevant problems. They used their imaginations to design solutions, and now these five will work with the digital community, craftspeople and manufacturers to make those products real.” 

Little Inventors website

Student drawings from across Canada are featured on the Little Inventors website! Please feel free to share with schools, friends, peers and community to showcase the impressive work from the student inventors!  Individual galleries for each school are coming soon. Select Canada in the “country” tab and you’ll see all our drawings.


Lanor Public School - Stephanie Wong 

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As a TDSB school focused on STEM pedagogy, it is integral that we are leaders in integrating trans-disciplinary teaching and learning in our classrooms. It is also equally important that we support other teachers in the board as well. Recently, I have had the opportunity to support a beginning teacher by having her come into my classroom to observe how STEM can look in the classroom. Throughout the day, she was able to observe authentic hands-on lessons where students took charge of their own learning through inquiry based lessons.

For example, my students are currently investigating how to clean water (linked to Grade 1 science and upcoming Earth Day). We had already done an activity where students were able to observe how pollution can affect water and students had attempted to clean the polluted water using a variety of materials. This activity allowed students to investigate the properties of various materials and test their efficacy in cleaning various types of possible pollutants (e.g. pieces of paper, oil, sand).

To extend students’ learning, the activity that I had planned for the teacher to observe was one in which students worked in groups to create a water filter. Students were given a frame (water bottle with the top cut off) and shown how to assemble the basic frame (turn the cut off top upside down and place it back on top of the bottom part of the bottle). Then, using a variety of provided materials, students were to test out placing various materials into the upside down top of the bottle and running “polluted water” (water with glitter, vegetable oil, paper, ribbon) through the filter to see how well it cleaned. Students had to work in their groups to write and draw out a plan before they started building. As they worked, we were able to talk to each group and have them explain their thinking. Once all groups had completed the activity, each group shared with the class what they did, what worked, what didn’t work, and what they would do next time. This activity allowed my guest teacher to seeing authentic student led inquiry as well as the engineering design process in action.

After, I was able to sit down with the teacher and explain how I planned my lessons, the curriculum links, and the rationale behind the learning I had my students do. Together, we discussed ways that she could modify some of the lessons for her own class and she gave me feedback regarding what she observed. We were able to exchange ideas of inquiry based lessons that could work in each others’ classroom. It was a great day of learning for both of us.

On May 15, 2017, Stephanie hosted an Exploration Classroom focused on coding with Grade One learners.  You can access the resources via this link. 

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