The Mitchell Odyssey Foundation Symposium was held October 27, 2007 to help Odyssey teachers create more opportunities for their students in Science, Technology and Mathematics.  Delta School District hosted the event at one of their Odyssey Schools, North Delta Secondary.  “Educators from the Lower Mainland were joined by teachers from Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, and as far away as London, Ontario” said Cheryl Kristiansen, Managing Director of the Foundation. “Symposium ‘07 showcased exceptional Odyssey programs, fostered collaboration and encouraged teachers to work together to improve program effectiveness.”  With 25 new schools joining in 2007, the Odyssey Schools Network now includes 50 schools covering 11 School Districts, engaging over 10,000 students in science enrichment opportunities.

Symposium Keynote Speakers included Leslie Francis Pelton who provided an overview of Pacific CRYSTAL (Centre for Research in Youth, Science Technology, and Learning); and Michael Willers from Kwalikum Secondary, who shared his classroom experiences with CRYSTAL’s Enriched Mathematics Program.  Pauline Finn also presented a summary of Science World Programs & Resources and provided a comprehensive information package for each attendee.

Teachers from various schools shared their Odyssey program experiences, including successes and challenges. Everyone actively participated in the Continuous Improvement Workshop to further enhance Odyssey Programs. Workshop Facilitators included Mitchell Odyssey Foundation Board Members, Delta Superintendent Steve Cardwell, Science World CEO & President Bryan Tisdall and Science World’s Pauline Finn.  Attendees learned how to effectively implement their programs and stimulated discussion on key topics like participation, performance measures and sustainability. Following the presentation of Odyssey Outstanding Achievements Awards, attendees viewed the Odyssey School Poster Displays and shared their experiences during the Wine & Cheese Networking Event.

Odyssey Symposium ‘07 received an average ranking of 9.3 out of 10 (93%) on Feedback Surveys.   Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make it a tremendous success.  “We have embarked on a continuous process of working together to create more opportunities for students in Science, Technology and Mathematics.  Our success is due to the dedication, creativity and enthusiasm of Odyssey teachers; and we thank them for continuing to inspire students to discover science, explore new technology and imagine the possibilities!” said Cheryl Kristiansen, Managing Director.


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