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"Community partners can be an important resource for schools and students. They can provide support for students in the classroom, and can be models of how the knowledge and skills acquired through study of the curriculum relate to life beyond school. As mentors, they can enrich not only the educational experience of students, but also the life of the community."

- from the ONTARIO CURRICULUM

We continue to be committed to supporting learning in our community. For elementary students, we will be doing this through virtual and in-person programming/tours (with safety protocols in place) and with resource pick-up service at this time.


Welcome to Idea Exchange – all ages

30 - 45 minutes (in-person or virtual)
We will take you on a tour of your Idea Exchange Location and our website, followed by a question and answer session for students. Customize your "tour" with a story based on a theme of your choice, or a demonstration of where to find resources on a particular subject. Each of our locations is unique and we are looking forward to having you visit.


Introduction to Structures – Recommended for Grades 1-3

1.5 hours (in-person only)
In this hands-on, station-based workshop, students will be introduced to structures. They will have a chance to explore construction with Zoobs, Straws and Connectors, Stacking Cups, Marble Mazes and more. Students will test their skills in the "Build a Bridge Challenge".


Focus on Feelings – Recommended for Grades 3-7

30 minutes (virtual only)
Developing socioemotional literacy (SEL) has never been more important for children. Our Focus on Feelings virtual visit brings stories, activities, and mindfulness skills to your classroom in a fun, unique, and convenient way. The 30-minute virtual visit is conducted over Zoom and includes a brief talk, a picture book storytime, an interactive poetry reading, then a brief guided mindfulness meditation. You can book one visit or a series of up to four.


Education Kits and Reading Kits

Tell us about your unit of study and Idea Exchange staff will pull together some books and online resources so you can learn more about your topic.

What do you enjoy reading? Let us know your interests and reading level and Idea Exchange staff will bundle some books for you.

Please allow 10 days for Education or Reading kits to be ready for pick-up.


Membership Cards

Help your students get a membership card in three easy steps:

  • Print the form, and have your students take it home to be completed
  • Collect the forms
  • Drop them off at your nearest location, or scan and email them to lyacynuk@ideaexchange.org.

Cards will be ready in one week and delivered to your school. Applies to Cambridge schools only.


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1 North Square, Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6
Phone: 519-621-0460

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