Frequently Asked Questions

General

Who funds Partners In Research Canada (PIR)?
Who can be a subject matter expert with PIR?
Do the subject matter experts speak English and French?
Do the subject matter experts volunteer their time?

Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC)

What is Virtual Researcher On Call?
How much does it cost to participate in VROC?
Is VROC popular with both elementary and secondary students?
What technology do I need to use for VROC?
How do I get started with VROC?
How do I find and contact a subject matter expert to arrange a video call?
What do I do if I can’t find an appropriate subject matter expert in ExpertBook?

Delta

What is Delta?
Who can participate in Delta?
How much does it cost to participate in Delta?
What technology do I need to use for Delta?
How do I get started with Delta?
How do I find and contact a subject matter expert to arrange a video call?
What do I do if I can’t find an appropriate subject matter expert in ExpertBook?

PIR Live Event

What is PIR Live Event?
How much does it cost to participate in PIR Live Event webinars?
What technology do I need to use for PIR Live Event webinars?
How do I find a PIR Live Event webinar to participate in?
How do I get started with PIR Live Event?

PIR National Awards

What are the PIR National Awards?

PIR TV

What is PIR TV?

Sanofi Biogenius Canada

What is Sanofi Biogenius Canada?

 


Who funds Partners In Research Canada (PIR)?

Funding for PIR is provided by governments, post-secondary institutions and private industry. Visit our website for a complete list of supporters.

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Who can be a subject matter expert with PIR?

If you have expertise that you would like to share with K-12 students, we’d love to hear from you! Typically, PIR subject matter experts are Canadian post-secondary professors, graduate students, lecturers, and other researchers/professionals.

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Do the subject matter experts speak English and French?

Our ExpertBook directory includes subject matter experts who speak English, French, or both official languages. If you are having difficulty finding a subject matter expert in a given language, please contact us and we will help facilitate a connection.

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Do the subject matter experts volunteer their time?

Yes, the success of PIR’s educational programming is largely based on the incredible and diverse network of researchers and professionals from Canadian post-secondary institutions, industry and professional organizations that donate their time.

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What is Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC)?

VROC is an educational program that connects K-12 classrooms with Canadian subject matter experts for customized, interactive video calls. Click here for more information.

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How much does it cost to participate in VROC?

VROC is available free of charge to schools across Canada. International schools should contact vrocpc@pirweb.org to find out if they are eligible to participate in VROC as part of a pilot project.

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Is VROC popular with both elementary and secondary students?

Students of all ages get excited about VROC! The content of each video call is pre-arranged with the subject matter expert to ensure that it meets the knowledge level and interest area of the students involved. We’ve facilitated video call discussions for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 with discussions about topics ranging from life on a farm to advanced genetics research techniques like CRISPR!

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What technology do I need to use for VROC and/or Delta?

Partners In Research Canada provides and supports a cloud-based videoconferencing solution (Zoom) that is similar to Skype. The installation is quick and easy, there is help available on our support page, and the PIR team is available to help you troubleshoot if necessary. This software and support is available to all VROC and Delta participants at no cost.

The computer/tablet that you use for video calls must have the following:

    • Internet connection (preferably hard-wired)
    • Windows / OSX / Linux / Android / iOS / ChromeOS
    • Webcam, microphone & speakers (internal or external)

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How do I get started with VROC?

K-12 Educators can sign up here to receive a Zoom video calling profile and tips for getting started.
Researchers, professionals, and other subject matter experts can sign up here or email vrocpc@pirweb.org to get started.

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How do I find and contact a subject matter expert to arrange a video call?

It starts with a key word search in our online directory, ExpertBook. Browse the profiles in your search results and click the “Contact Me” or email address hyperlink for your desired subject matter expert. The more information you can provide about your students’ previous knowledge and your goals for the video call, the better!

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What do I do if I can’t find an appropriate subject matter expert in ExpertBook?

If the right subject matter expert for you hasn’t found their way into our database yet, we’d be happy to help! Contact us with the details of your desired topic and we will be happy to seek an appropriate subject matter expert on your behalf! (2-3 weeks notice recommended)

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What is Delta?

The Delta program offers a set of interactive curriculum resource packages that focus on grade 1-8 Science and Technology in alignment with the curriculum standards of the province of Ontario. These curriculum resources feature elements of experiential learning, inquiry, storytelling, and interactive expert mentorship through videoconference. Click here for more information.

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Who can participate in Delta?

All currently available Delta curriculum resources have been written specifically to compliment the Ontario Grade 1-8 Science and Technology curriculum. This program draws on the same subject matter experts as the VROC program, but is available only to teachers in Ontario at this time. Teachers in other provinces are encouraged to participate in the VROC and/or PIR Live Event programs.

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How much does it cost to participate in Delta?

Delta is currently available free of charge to teachers across Ontario.

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How do I get started with Delta?

K-12 educators in Ontario can sign up here to receive a Zoom video calling profile and tips for getting started. The available curriculum resources can be viewed here.
Researchers, professionals, and other subject matter experts can sign up here or email vrocpc@pirweb.org to get started.

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What is PIR Live Event?

PIR Live Event is a series of webinars intended an audience of elementary and/or secondary school classrooms across Canada. Each webinar features a different guest expert who shares a bit about their work/research, demonstrates a few things, or gives us a virtual tour of their lab/facility. Students participate by submitting their questions in real time to be answered live! Click here for more information.

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How much does it cost to participate in PIR Live Event webinars?

PIR Live Event webinars are available at no cost to educators and students across Canada. International educators should contact us to check availability.

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What technology do I need to use for PIR Live Event webinars?

PIR Live Event webinars use the same cloud-based videoconferencing solution (Zoom) that is used for the VROC and Delta programs. The installation is quick, easy and automatic when you click to join your first PIR Live Event webinar. This software is available to all PIR Live Event participants at no cost.

The computer/tablet that you use for webinars must have the following:

    • Internet connection (preferably hard-wired)
    • Windows / OSX / Linux / Android / iOS / ChromeOS
    • Speakers (internal or external)

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How do I find a PIR Live Event webinar to participate in?

The PIR Live Event calendar is available here. We also send email notifications (once a week) to our PIR Live Event mailing list to highlight webinars that are happening within the following week or two.

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How do I get started with PIR Live Event?

The first step is to find one or more webinars that you would like to participate in! The PIR Live Event calendar is available here. After you fill in the online registration form for any webinar, you will receive an email confirmation with a unique URL to join that webinar.

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What are the PIR National Awards?

The PIR National Awards are presented annually to celebrate the promotion of Canadian research to the public through outreach activities, and to recognize the impact of this research on the lives of Canadians. Click here for more information about previous Award recipients, nominations, and more.

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What is PIR TV?

PIR TV is the Partners In Research Canada YouTube channel. Here you will find recordings of our previous PIR Live Event webinars as well as interviews with Canadian researchers and video podcasts that highlight “real world” STEM applications.

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What is Sanofi Biogenius Canada?

Sanofi Biogenius Canada is a biotechnology research competition for Canadian students in grades 9-12.
Click here for more information.

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