Sponsored by the Beaumier Churcott Foundation, the Beaumier Award for High School/CÉGEP Chemistry Teachers is presented in recognition of excellence in teaching chemistry at the high school or CÉGEP level and to encourage and promote chemistry at the high school and Cégep level in Canada.
The 2016 winner of the Beaumier Award for High School/CÉGEP Chemistry Teachers is:
Michael C. Ng
Paul Kane High School, St. Albert, Alta.
Michael Ng attended the University of Alberta to pursue sciences but his love of science first started in the very high school that he now teaches. It was the passion of his own science and art teachers that inspired him to pursue such a career. While working at the Department of Oncology at the Cross Cancer Institute during his university years, Ng volunteered actively at the Telus World of Science, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Provincial Museum of Alberta, and the UofA’s Circle Kiwanis International Volunteer Club. A firm motivator in hands-on learning, his passion for outreach and science literacy has encouraged both students and colleagues alike to share the world of chemistry with others. He is known as a science teacher who will use chemistry to motivate students that science education is an enjoyable and curious part of life. One who demonstrates “Science Magic” with the concept that “Science is Fun”.
“It is of great joy to see the smiles and expressions of wonder on student faces. It makes science more meaningful and to help my students move from “wow” to “I wonder what would happen if …”
Ng actively gets his students to compete in APEGA Science Olympics and the WISEST’s Summer Research Program at the UofA where young women gain experiences in diverse fields of STEM.
His volunteerism background continues in both school and community settings. He has presented many chemical demonstration sessions at ATA education and science conferences, performs annual science Halloween shows to St. Albert elementary schools, and got his students to deliver more than 17,000 CFL bulbs one year to city households. He continues to volunteer for APEGA Outreach, the Alberta Science Network, and Let’s Talk Science Outreach at the UofA. Ng regularly appears monthly on Global TV Morning News Edmonton doing science demonstrations.
Ng continues to learn and share best teaching practices – finding better teaching ideas and creative ways to make science education more exciting and meaningful in the classroom.It takes years of practice and self-denial but of trial and error, revision, refinement, practice, practice and more practice to integrate it effectively in the classroom. He is grateful and honored to be working with such passionate teachers in his science department and thanks his school for believing in compassion, collaboration, innovation, and belonging. “Science is already fun, but it also has to be relevant to the curriculum and to the real world. Learning is a new beginning we can give ourselves every day.”