University of Calgary

Iron Science Teacher national champion

March 15, 2011

Iron Science Teacher 2011

By Jennifer Sowa

Trevor Nason stole the show by lighting fires, blasting a ball to the ceiling and bursting a balloon in a puff of smoke to demonstrate the difference between exothermic and endothermic reactions. Photo credit: Greg FulmesTrevor Nason stole the show by lighting fires, blasting a ball to the ceiling and bursting a balloon in a puff of smoke to demonstrate the difference between exothermic and endothermic reactions. Photo credit: Greg FulmesFive of Canada’s most talented science teachers took to the stage at the University of Calgary Friday for the national 2011 Iron Science Teacher title. Contestants from coast to coast thrilled a live audience of 500 junior high school students at the University of Calgary. Viewers in classrooms and homes across Canada also tuned in via a live webcast made possible through a partnership with Discovery Channel.

Trevor Nason from Moncton, New Brunswick stole the show by lighting fires, blasting a ball to the ceiling and bursting a balloon in a puff of smoke to demonstrate the difference between exothermic and endothermic reactions. Nason, a science teacher from Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton, New Brunswick, took home the top prize of $5,000: $2,500 for himself and $2,500 for a school of his choice.

“Kids have a natural interest in science and I think they easily lose that interest unless we make science exciting and relevant to them,” explains Nason.

The other finalists each receive $1,250 and another $1,250 for a school of their choice. The other contestants were:

Nason from Moncton, New Brunswick took home the top prize of $5,000. Photo credit: Greg FulmesNason from Moncton, New Brunswick took home the top prize of $5,000. Photo credit: Greg Fulmes
  • Raja Gupta from Summerland Secondary School in Summerland, British Columbia;
  • Jamie Burla from Rundle Academy in Calgary;
  • Phil Langford from Bert Fox Community High School in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan; and
  • Philomena Bonis from Queensmount Senior Public School in Kitchener, Ontario.

Iron Science Teacher is a national competition that celebrates innovation and creativity in science teaching, a concept that originated at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The event parodies the popular TV series Iron Chef and is hosted by Jay Ingram of Daily Planet on Discovery Channel.

Partners in Iron Science Teacher 2011 are Discovery Channel, the University of Calgary, Devon Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Engineers Canada. The event is supported by the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.


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