I had the opportunity to attend a talk at the U of A from Francis Amara. The timing couldn't be more perfect, the talk was the week before school started, at a time when ideas are burning holes in teachers heads.
He approached the current science situation from a sincere, but firm place. He was convinced that science dollars are spent unwisely. He suggests instead of spreading out the money and offering classes mediocre science tools, like outdated microscopes and cupboards full of baking soda and pipe cleaners, the money should be localized to one building. Where, a real kick butt lab could exist, and in it, the ability to work with the best technology and equipment. Where all students from any school could access the lab from 9am to 9pm. This isn't just a dream, but a reality for the Winnipeg school system, where Dr. Amara has created just that.
He wants to bring those resources here in Edmonton, he just needs the right person to head up the program. So the seed is sewn.
I couldn't agree more with his approach and his desire to present students with the most accurate science technology and education.
This week, I was offered a small opportunity from the U of A that would steer us in the right direction.
Stefanie Vogt from Let's Talk Science writes:
I know that only good things can come from this initiative. Students need the ability to practice science and investigation. This is big, really big, but well worth it.