Education and outreach
Celebrating the 2020 Gairdner Award Winners: Picturing Science in the Classroom
Every year, the Gairdner Awards celebrate science and research excellence in the medical health areas. Since 1957, they have given out 395 awards – 95 of these recipients would go on to also win a Nobel Prize!
In collaboration with the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences and the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC, these materials were produced to provide a series of articles, comics, videos and accompanying lesson ideas to celebrate the science of a selection of the 2020 Canada Gairdner Awardees. This builds on the Gairdner Foundation’s partnership with CSMB and Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC, which began last year.
Comics and videos are generally good for middle school ages (Grade 7 to 9), whereas the articles are written mostly for Grade 10 to 12 readers. Classroom activities are generally designed for Grade 10 to 12, although some are adaptable for use with younger students. Note that not all activities are in line with COVID related measures.
The full package, which includes articles, comics and classroom activities can be downloaded as a free 42 page pdf here.
We invite you to view and share these documents widely, as they highlight the impact science has in our lives and our understanding of the world.
And many thanks to the students, grad students and post-docs who wrote for this project: Daniela Salas Acosta, Shawn Shortill, Krysta Coyle, Heather Gerrie, Farah Qaiser, Alison McAfee, and Teri Wang. And big kudos for the great illustrations by Armin Mortazavi.
Complete material downloads:
Full Package (42 pages)
Classroom Materials (12 pages)
Individual comics, articles and videos: