Open Doors to STEAM: A K-16 Collaboration

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This presentation should align well with Colloquium Sub-Themes:

• Opening Up • Connection, Engagement, and Exploration • Current Trends

This program attempted to open up, connect and engage high school students with mentors in careers across a wide range of professional areas. There is a strong movement (i.e., a "current trend") in programs for girls in technical areas.

Proposal Abstract

In May, 2019 secondary students from across School District 73 met at Thompson Rivers University to learn about careers in Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Grade ten girls spent a day interacting with a wide range of presenters— including TRU faculty, staff, students, and alumni—who shared their knowledge and experience from working in STEAM-related fields. Under the auspices of a collaboration between SD 73 and TRU— including the Faculty of Education and Social Work; Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; and the Open Learning division— through the K-16 “Mind the Gap” initiative, students and presenters participated in an event which received nearly unanimously positive feedback. In this 40-minute presentation, one of the event’s principal organizers will describe the planning and delivery of the first STEAM event; discuss lessons learned; share feedback from event attendees, and invite attendees to describe K-16 partnerships and collaborations within their regional and/or educational contexts. There will also be a preview and discussion of the programming and planning for the second STEAM offering which is scheduled to take place in late February, 2020.

 
Feb 18th, 12:40 PM Feb 18th, 1:20 PM

Open Doors to STEAM: A K-16 Collaboration

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In May, 2019 secondary students from across School District 73 met at Thompson Rivers University to learn about careers in Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Grade ten girls spent a day interacting with a wide range of presenters— including TRU faculty, staff, students, and alumni—who shared their knowledge and experience from working in STEAM-related fields. Under the auspices of a collaboration between SD 73 and TRU— including the Faculty of Education and Social Work; Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; and the Open Learning division— through the K-16 “Mind the Gap” initiative, students and presenters participated in an event which received nearly unanimously positive feedback. In this 40-minute presentation, one of the event’s principal organizers will describe the planning and delivery of the first STEAM event; discuss lessons learned; share feedback from event attendees, and invite attendees to describe K-16 partnerships and collaborations within their regional and/or educational contexts. There will also be a preview and discussion of the programming and planning for the second STEAM offering which is scheduled to take place in late February, 2020.