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Smarter Science Better Buildings

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 19, 2020 - November 6, 2020 | 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)

NOTE: The WDM is pleased to partner with Renewable Power – Intelligent Choice to offer the program in Prince Albert. Find details about how to register below in the How To Book section.  If you are attending this program in Prince Albert, please scroll down for a separate Prince Albert Teacher Manual.


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 each student group and bring to Museum. For details, refer to page 3 of the Smarter Science Better Buildings Teacher Manual (pdf).
WDM Moose Jaw
2020 Program Information (PDF)

2020 Application Form (PDF)

2020 Student Package (PDF

WDM North Battleford
2020 Program Information (PDF)

2020 Application Form (PDF)

WDM Saskatoon
2020 Program Information (PDF)

2020 Application Form (PDF)

2020 Student Package (PDF)

WDM Yorkton
2020 information coming soon
Prince Albert
March 31 – April 8Contact Rick at
306-747-3540  or
Offered by Renewable Power – Intelligent Choice

2020 Prince Albert Student Package (PDF)

2020 Prince Albert Teacher Manual (PDF)


Museum Manners & Program Rules

Museum Manners are rules intended to keep students and our artifacts safe and ensure a good experience for all visitors. Please make sure your chaperones and students are aware of and ready to follow them. NOTE: Specific Museums and programs may have additional rules. Please check with Museum staff when... Read More




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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