Welcome to ASK!

ASK stands for Atlantic Science Knowledge, which is a project that provides teaching resources for elementary school teachers in Nova Scotia. We have expanded our website to include learning materials for students and parents.

ASK was founded by a group of university students, professors and teachers affiliated with Cape Breton University (CBU), located in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

We hope this project will continue to grow. We welcome feedback and we especially encourage teachers to submit their favourite lesson plans. Contact us for further information using the contacts below or via our Contact Page.



Dr. Kathy Snow


Kathy Snow is an Assistant Professor of Education at CBU. Atlantic Science Knowledge brings together two of Kathy’s  core research interests: science education and educational technology. She is enthusiastic about environmental education and inquiry in science education at all levels. Find her at Twitter @kathymesnow or email: kathy_snow@cbu.ca.





Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel

Matthias Bierenstiel

Matthias Bierenstiel is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at CBU. His research interests include the synthesis and analysis of new transition metal complexes, bark ingredient analysis and extraction processes, and the analysis and processing of thin coatings on metal surfaces. He is passionate about teaching, and has won awards for his instructional leadership and science outreach projects. Contact: matthias_bierenstiel@cbu.ca.





Dr. Katherine Jones

Katherine faceKatherine Jones is an Associate Professor of Biology at CBU. Her primary academic interests include ecology, fish biology, animal behaviour, invasive species, and science education. In her free time she can be found woodworking, gardening or hiking, and she’s pretty good at Sudoku. Contact: katherine_jones@cbu.ca.






Past contributors include: Dr. Maureen Finlayson, Dr. Coleen Moore-Hayes, Megan MacLeod, Kendra White, Brittney Melnick, and Anju Virick.


Background on the Initiative

Atlantic Science Knowledge (ASK) evolved from an NSERC PromoScience grant. The goal of our PromoScience project was to develop elementary school level science kits for hands-on activities relevant to Cape Breton Island. In response to demand, we are providing our kits through this exciting, cool-looking virtual platform called ASK!  These lesson plans, among with many others that will be added on an ongoing basis, will be suitable for teachers beyond Cape Breton Island.



Funding and Acknowledgments

Funding has been provided through the NSERC PromoScience program and Cape Breton University.

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Vibe Creative Group in Sydney, Nova Scotia designed the website.