Science Fiction Educator Workshop

Register for Free Workshop Now!

Pre-registration is now open for the free, one-day science fiction in the classroom workshop, AboutSF. Members of the public and members of Anticipation are welcome. The workshop, with French and English tracks, will run from 9–5 Thursday August 6th, with a keynote address by Julie Czerneda.

Presenters include Donna L. Young from the Chandra Telescope, artist Jean-Pierre Normand, writer Eric Choi, and science historian Jean-Louis Trudel. Includes free materials and ready-to-use resources.


Space is limited for this fabulous opportunity. Sign up today!

Nota Bene: Workshop participants without an Anticipation membership will receive a $25 rebate on a Thursday membership, a $10 rebate off any other day membership, a $20 rebate off a weekend membership or a $25 rebate off a full membership to attend Anticipation. Tour the art show, browse the dealer’s room or attend after 5 pm programming.


AboutSF’s Teaching Speculative Fiction: A Portable Workshop

Thursday, August 6, 2009 — Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Québec, Canada

(The August 6 AboutSF workshop has two tracks. English language is in room Palais 512DH. French language in Palais 512CG.)

9:00 – 9:20 – The first 20 minutes or so be a general meet and greet, people taking seats, picking up handouts, being welcomed personally, writing Fantastic Space Poetry Triplets etc.

9:20 – 10:00 – Empower Your Students: Teach Them Science Fiction, Too – Keynote

Award-winning science fiction author and science educator, Julie E. Czerneda, begins the educator program with a frank discussion of how the creativity and reasoned speculation of science fiction are essential tools for scientific literacy and full citizenship in the future your students will inherit.

10:00 – 11:45 – Science Fiction and Scientific Literacy – mini workshop

Assess scientific literacy (yours and your students) and learn how to put science fiction to work in your science classroom to develop key components in this hands-on workshop with Donna Young, Lead Educator for the NASA Chandra X-Ray Center EPO Office, and award-winning SF and astronomical illustrator, Jean-Pierre Normand. Materials for classroom use will be provided.

11:45 – 12:00 – Speculative Poetry Finger Exercises

½ hour break to pick up lunch

Les Jardins food court (level 7), with its variety of fast food selections (deli, salad bar, pizza, prepared dishes), offers fast and efficient service at affordable prices. An adjacent outdoor terrace is open during the summer.

12:30 – 13:30 – Brown bag Lunch

Join Julie Czerneda for a romp through SF films as she shows examples of “Science, Scientists, and Other Bizarre Notions.” Warning: there will be laughter as well as some surprises.

13:30 – 13:45 – Introducing AboutSF – Presentation

AboutSF provides the foundation for the Anticipation workshop. A special DVD/CD with over a hundred files goes home with workshop members as a resource. David-Glenn Anderson is the tour guide.

13:45 – 16:00 – Stretching the mind while thinking outside the box – mini workshop/presentation

Cathy Palmer-Lister, Cindy Mohareb, Lynn E Cohen-Koehler, Lindalee Stuckey, Maaja Wentz, Sharon Rawlins, Eric Choi, and Susan Fichtelberg explore reading, writing and everything else within a classroom. A question may be asked: You have read H. G. Wells’ Invisible Man. Would you like to be invisible? Why? Why not? A smorgasbord of books, movies, arts, social science and other subject will be covered.

16:00 – 16:45 – Talking Chandra X-ray Develop those “what if” questions with the NASA Chandra X-Ray Center EPO Office

16:45 – 17:00 – Final words – Open discussion and evaluation

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