Miskwaytumowin Science Camp 2013

From Tues., May 21-Thurs., May 23rd I had the privilege of accompanying 13 Gr. 7-12 students to a Science Camp hosted by the University of Saskatchewan.

It was 3 days of amazing! The students and I participated in Chemistry labs, Biology labs, Physics labs, Computer Science labs, and Geology labs! We also listened to a great line up of graduate students in each field to see and hear about what they’ve done in school.

In Chemistry/Biology, the students learned about collecting and recording DNA samples, and even had their own DNA collected and made into a necklace!

In Computer Science, the students had fun working with Scratch. In the Physics lab, the students cracked open brand new electricity kits that were shipped from India in order to experiment with voltage and resistance.
In the Geology lab, students looked at various rocks and minerals, and then painted with earth-based paints.

In addition, the students also had time to visit the local and campus pools, listened to drumming and story telling at the tipis in the evening, and toured the local SIAST college. The students left the camp talking about being inspired by the people they met, are more interested in attending college and/or university, and for some, this camp sparked an interest in a subject that they didn’t know existed. I’m looking forward to camp next year!

It’s a Small World Intro

Hello! Tansi!
We are the Gr. 5/6 class at Chief Poundmaker School in Saskatchewan, Canada. We’re a Cree First Nation school. There are 15 of us in our class. There are 8 Gr. 5’s and 7 Gr. 6’s. However, our school year ends in June of this year, so these numbers and the students in our class will change in the new year (September). We have two teachers this year, and hopefully next year! Ms. Albert (shown in picture with class) teaches in the a.m., and Ms. Thompson (taking the picture) teaches in the p.m.
We enjoy Skyping and learning about other places, people, and cultures. Those of us that will be in the class next year are looking forward to joining the “It’s a Small World” group blogging project hosted by a class in New Zealand!

Amazing!

This is fantastic! My class has been invited to join a group blog for the new year! I don’t want to give up on the idea entirely of keeping a blog, so will try it again this September. The students are looking forward to starting out fresh! Who knows! Maybe this will be the motivation I need to keep up with my personal/class blogs. *applause*

Well…

I officially stink at keeping a blog. There’s always so much I want to write about, share, and collaborate about but I just don’t think the blog is the right medium for me. My students were great bloggers but we were finding it difficult to find other students to share our blogs with. I think of my blog often, I read about others who’ve had success with blogs, personal and professional, and I envy them.

Since I’m here, I will post about the huge success of our DEN First Nation LiveStream. It was a lot of fun, the students loved creating the VoiceThread to answer student questions, but the hype has fallen, and many classes that we thought we could continue a dialogue with are busy with their own classrooms and projects.

I feel disheartened sometimes when I invite colleagues to events and after committing to attend, they don’t. Or when invited, they decline and then attend a gathering of their own. I sometimes wish I worked in a district with more like-minded people when it comes to the DEN. Hopefully one day, that will be the case. Even so, I will still shine brightly, learn and develop myself through webinars, and I will be all that I can be with the DEN. I will continuously need support and encouragement and will receive it from my DEN friends in other parts of the world.