Skills Exploration Days


Registration will open on September 30, 2020 at 8:30AM

This year, SCA will host Skills Exploration Days virtually. Each school will receive a toolkit full of hands on power tools and equipment valued at over $4,000.00, which will serve as a legacy gift to enhance the growth of CTF programs.


Virtual Skills Exploration Days

November 24 & 25, 2020 

In the classroom, students will learn the design thinking process by digging deep into a design challenge and sketching a one of a kind prototype. Join us virtually as hundreds of students across Alberta bring their designs to life by building a real-life prototype. Registered schools will be provided with a kit full of tools and materials that students will need to build their prototype. These tool kits will remain with the school as a legacy gift!

The purpose of Skills Exploration Days is to:

1) Inspire junior high students to identify inherent skills and interests.

2) Connect students' skills and interests to trade and technology careers through interactive, hands-on experiences that promote creativity, empathy, and exploration.

3) Promote trade and technology careers as a valuable and rewarding career choice. 

Building on the Maker Day model and Alberta Education's Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) Program of Studies, students will use the design thinking process to find a solution to the challenge in the classroom and will then build a prototype with tangible real life tools and materials at Skills Exploration Days. 

As students build their prototype, they will use skills acquired at various Learn-A-Skill stations. With assistance from their teachers, students will learn how to use tools, technology, and materials safely. Unlike other SCA programs, at Skills Exploration Days, there are no winners or medals, just the freedom to explore, make mistakes and try again!

How to Get the Most Out of Skills Exploration Days:

1- Be sure to check out the Skills Exploration Days Teacher Guide. This step by step guide will ensure all your questions are answered to ensure you have a successful Skills Exploration Days experience.

2- Expand your knowledge and learn about classroom implementation in the teacher resource: Taking Making into Classrooms: A Toolkit Fostering Curiosity and Imagination in Alberta Classrooms. 

 A special thank you to Susan Crichton and Deb Carter from the Innovative Learning Center at UBC for their inspirational work in the Maker Movement and for assisting in the concept and content development of Skills Exploration Days.