So, you're probably wondering, who is that science guy?
Well, I'm "That Science Guy" or at least that's what a lot of kids call me when they run into me while I'm out and about. My name is James Durbano and I've been a science educator for more than 20 years. During this time, I've worked as a science teacher for a few different school divisions in the Calgary area and I've worked at several science centres and science museums, such as the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Calgary Science Centre.
Currently, I own and operate the AstroDome Planetarium, but this year I've decided to greatly expand my science outreach programs to include not just astronomy, but also chemistry, physics, geology and palaeontology. I'm so super-excited to visit schools in and around Calgary, during the 2016 - 2017 school year, to perform some amazing science demonstrations and lead several hands-on science workshops.
At the moment, I'm working in my lab creating these programs. I've got some dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and a totally awesome Van de Graaff generator, so you know it's going to be spectacular!
The new programs that I'm working on today will fit nicely with these science units:
At this time, I have no firm date as to when these programs will be ready, but I'm hoping the first one will be ready by Thanksgiving. Of course, the AstroDome Planetarium already has established programs and so you don't have to wait for a Grade 6 - Sky Science program or a Grade 9 - Space Exploration program, they're ready now!
If you're interested in having me come visit your school, please be sure to contact me. If you would like to know a little bit more about me, you can find that information here. If you would like to meet me, perhaps we will meet on February 24 at the 2017 Palliser District Teachers' Convention. I'll be leading two sessions (244 and 274) that day.