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Makerspace students design and build solar phone chargers

Makerspace video-20180219

The Faculty of Education hosted a series of Makerspace sessions during the 2016-17 school year giving more than 30 junior high school students an opportunity to design and build solar chargers for smart phones and tablets.

The students soldered and installed electronic components and used computer-aided design software and 3D printers to produce the plastic cases to house those components.

Six pre-service teachers in the Technology Education diploma program also gained valuable teaching experience during the sessions.

To learn more about the Makerspace sessions, see the video:

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Faculty of Education launches K-6 STEM teacher education program

Dr. Mary Stordy, Faculty of Education

An innovative program launched by Memorial’s Faculty of Education will help to position the institution at the leading edge of STEM teacher education in Canada.

“The program responds to increasing local, national and international focus on the sciences, digital technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools,” said Dr. Kirk Anderson, dean, Faculty of Education. “It’s an exciting time to be in the Faculty of Education — elements of this program are unique and it’s the first of its kind in the country."

Aimed at university students who are completing a degree, this two-year, post-degree program will qualify graduates to teach school children at the kindergarten to Grade 6 levels.

Read about it in the Gazette.

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Grad student to receive national award for masters thesis

Heather Gower-Faculty of Education graduate

Faculty of Education graduate, Heather Gower, will receive the 2018 Master’s Thesis Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

Ms. Gower’s thesis was entitled “The Consideration of Counsellor Personal Qualities in Admissions to Canadian Counselling and Counselling Psychology Master’s Programs.”

“I talked to a subset of Canadian faculty from these kinds of masters programs, both about the counsellor qualities they deem important to practice, as well as how they assess these qualities during the admissions stages of their programs,” she said. “I also looked at how they might ideally do so.”

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