project aims to commemorate Dr. Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize Award in Chemistry– exploring and learning more about his personal life story and making his scientific research accessible to all readers. This story will be told through a bilingual virtual exhibit and a series of articles that will be grounded in six broader themes in Canadian science:
- The Responsibilities of Scientists and Academics
- The Importance of Canadian Research
- The Freedom to Study & Explore in Canada
- The Pursuit of Study & Progress
- The Meaning of Receiving a Nobel Prize
- The Connections Between Science & Culture
The broader objective of this project will be to provide educational resources and support for teachers and students through supplemental lesson plans, digital tools and artifacts that will focus on highlighting interdisciplinary relevance. This project will become an invaluable digital resource for students of Canadian History, informing and enhancing the experience of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Herzberg50
will be available gradually on the Defining Moments Canada (DMC) website over the next 10 months. Following year 1 of Herzberg50
, DMC will go on to launch NobelCanadian
– a digital commemoration project celebrating all of Canada’s Nobel Laureates in 2022.
Who was Gerhard Herzberg?
Learn more about the life of Dr. Gerhard Herzberg in this introductory blog post by our Scholarly Associate, Denisa Popa.
Herzberg and Science in the Social Science Classroom
Defining Moments Canada looks forward to developing a series of trans-disciplinary educational resources with Canadian teachers during Summer 2021. These lesson resources and plans will use the curatorial thinking framework in a variety of transdisciplinary applications and will be adaptable for use in synchronous, hybrid, or face-to-face classrooms.
The Curatorial Thinking framework has been developed by Defining Moments Canada as a way to structure best practices that teachers have already been using. Curatorial Thinking helps to make sense of digital information, create meaningful stories, and build social responsibility and awareness while empowering students to take ownership of their own learning. It also creates more accessible opportunities to achieve transdisciplinary perspectives in the classroom, creating connections between different subjects, skills, and curricula.
Read more about Curatorial Thinking and Herzberg50 from Dr. Madeleine Mant.