School Dissection Project
This project will explore the merits of using non-animal alternatives in high school rather than animal dissection.
The project aims to:
- Compare the pedagogical merit of animal versus non-animal teaching methods in a number of BC high schools;
- Support BC high school science teachers by providing the latest information on the merit, range and availability of non-animal alternatives;
- Support students (and parents) by informing them of policies that exist giving students the right to opt out;
- Work with the BC Teachers’ Federation on implementing a BC-wide student choice policy in high schools so that all students not only have the right to opt out, but that meaningful non-animal alternatives are offered as part of the BC science curriculum.
This project is funded by LUSH cosmetics, through their Charity Pot program.
To learn more about LUSH and the great work they do, visit their website: www.lush.ca
We have also received a generous donation from the BC Foundation for Non-Animal Research to start to build a BC-wide non-animal alternatives ‘lending library’.
Progress to date
We have been working hard to support and engage teachers and students in schools across Greater Vancouver. Some highlights include:
Science World Teen Tuesday events – for these events Science World restricts access to high school students and teachers. We are delighted to have been invited back for a second year, and will be attending events in 2017.
BC Teachers’ Federation New Teachers’ Conference – we were accepted for a workshop at the 2016 conference, and have been accepted again this year for both a workshop and exhibit booth.
BC Science Teachers’ Association Catalyst Convention – we were invited to attend last year’s Catalyst Conference, and we ran an exhibit booth for the event. We had over 2 pages of sign ups for either information sessions or guest classes!
Surrey Teachers’ Association Convention – we attended the 2016 Convention and will be back again this year with an exhibit booth.
Handsworth Secondary Be Aware Fair – the wonderful students at Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver put together a great event in 2016 that we were invited to be a part of. We had the chance to speak to students and teachers at the school and demo some non-animal methods for science education.
Argyle Secondary Sustainability Fair – an amazing student group at Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver curated an event in 2016 that we were invited to. We put up our exhibit booth and provide demonstrations of non-animal methods for science teaching.