New Program - Skills Exploration Days - Kicks off with Successful Pilots
What happens when a group of junior high students work collaboratively to build a prototype designed to address a problem in their community? That’s what Skills Canada Alberta (SCA) aimed to find out when we visited three junior high classrooms in Alberta during the first pilot year of our newest program: Skills Exploration Day. The result? Intricate, empathetically designed prototypes that prove students can create amazing things when they are given the freedom to experiment and learn from their peers.
At Skills Exploration Day, design thinking activities and hands-on building projects give students the opportunity to explore trade and technology careers in an engaging and immersive day of learning. Students will work in groups to address a problem that is relevant to their communities by designing and building a prototype. The goal is to encourage the use of empathy through design thinking, inquiry, making, and experiential learning. Unlike other SCA programs, there are no winners or medals: just the freedom to explore, learn, and have fun.
Students at Michael Strembitsky School in Edmonton took part in our very first Skills Exploration Day before we brought the program to Crystal Park School and Derek Taylor Public School in Grande Prairie. Students and teachers alike were enthusiastic about what they learned during Skills Exploration Day, and SCA is excited to build on the exceptional results of our first pilot year by expanding the program. In December 2016, SCA will host up to 400 junior high students during two Skills Exploration Days at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
Skills Exploration Day could not have been such a huge success without support from our partners: Trade Up and the Construction Careers Promotion Committee and Pembina. Stay tuned for more information about the official launch of Skills Exploration Day and how you can get involved in this exciting day of hands-on learning and skill development.