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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 5, 2019 - March 22, 2019 | Moose Jaw

May 6, 2019 - May 24, 2019 | North Battleford

January 15, 2019 - February 15, 2019 | Saskatoon

October 15, 2018 - November 2, 2018 | Yorkton



Program Cost

$3.00 per student *NOTE: Bus subsidies are available. See below.


2 hours

Program Type

Teacher Led Program led by a teacher, with guidance from Museum staff.


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

This is a teacher-led program. Museum staff will provide an introduction to the program.

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

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society and SaskEnergy are proud to offer selected coverage for bus subsidies for qualifying schools.

How to Apply

Register for the Smarter Science Better Buildings program by the application deadline for the WDM you wish to visit. Once all applications are accepted by the Museum, names of participating schools will be shared with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society who will then determine the recipients of bussing subsidies. Teachers/schools are responsible for contacting transportation companies and booking their own bus. Schools will be notified of approval by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.

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
WDM Moose Jaw Program Information (PDF)
WDM Moose Jaw Program Application (PDF)
WDM Moose Jaw Student Package (PDF)
WDM North Battleford
WDM North Battleford Program Information (PDF)
WDM North Battleford Program Application (PDF)
WDM North Battleford Student Package 2019 (PDF)
WDM Saskatoon
WDM Saskatoon Program Information (PDF)
WDM Saskatoon Application Form (PDF)
WDM Saskatoon Student Package (PDF)
WDM Yorkton
WDM Yorkton Student Package (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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