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Smarter Science Better Buildings

Station explaining how to make homes more energy efficient by using less water

In this hands-on workshop, students explore the concepts of heat and temperature through the practical application of making our homes more energy efficient.


Grade 7


Moose Jaw | North Battleford | Saskatoon | Yorkton


March 3, 2020 - March 20, 2020 | Moose Jaw

May 11, 2020 - May 29, 2020 | North Battleford

January 22, 2020 - February 14, 2020 | Saskatoon

October 15, 2019 - November 1, 2019 | Yorkton



Program Cost

$3.50 per student *NOTE: Bus subsidies are available. See below.


2 hours

Program Type

Museum Led Program led by Museum staff or volunteers.


Smarter Science Better Buildings is a 2-hour, hands-on program. Students explore the concepts of heat and temperature through the practical application of making our homes more energy efficient. Students also tour Museum exhibits related to sustainable living (homes, transportation, etc.).

Workstations focus on:

  • Energy efficient lighting and appliances
  • Water conservation
  • Home retrofits
  • Building materials
  • Solar heating
  • A model of a net zero (produces as much energy as it consumes) home allows students to examine how all these concepts fit together into a home that is both livable and very energy efficient

Smarter Science Better Buildings has been developed collaboratively by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, the Western Development Museum, VerEco Homes, with assistance from Saskatoon Public Schools and Sun Ridge Group.

Smarter Science Better Buildings was recognized at the 6th RCE Saskatchewan  Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Event, 2014.

For full program information, download the Smarter Science Better Buildings Teacher Manual (PDF)


Bus Subsidy Grant Program Information

2019-2020 information coming soon! Please direct questions about the Bus Subsidy Grant Program to the Education Department at the Museum you wish to visit.


Curriculum Connections

Science 7 plus integration with Social Studies, English Language Arts, Arts Education, and Mathematics.

Science: HT7.1, IE7.4, Big Idea 5.0
Social Studies: IN7.2, IN7.3, RW7.2, RW7.3
ELA: CC7.1
Arts Education: CP7.12
Math: SP7.2, P7.1


How to book or inquire

WDM Location Registration Forms and Student Packages
Please print one Student Package for student group and bring to Museum (for details, refer to page 3 of the Teacher Manual).
WDM Moose Jaw
2019-2020 Information coming soon!
WDM North Battleford
2019-2020 Information coming soon!
WDM Saskatoon
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WDM Yorkton
2019-2020 Information coming soon!


Museum Manners & Program Rules

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Additional Information





Sundirdge Residential Inc. Saskatchewan Housing Science Experts Vereco Smart Green Homes



Sask Energy logo Sask Power logo Saskatoon Public Schools logo


Thank you to Solatube International Inc. for the donation of a light tube for the Lighting and Appliances display.


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