Memorial University will be a major player in bringing the world of science and engineering into classrooms for youth in this province. With funding by the provincial government’s Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, the project will reach out to youth to create awareness and increase the level of interest in science, engineering and technology fields.
The four partners involved include Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program, as well as the provincial Department of Education’s Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI).
The goal of the project is to empower and encourage youth to explore science and engineering topics through state-of-the-art communications and media technologies that will allow them to participate in a variety of activities originating from Memorial’s St. John’s campus. Using facilities in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as students from the Bachelor of Engineering program, elementary concepts will be captured on video and streamed from Memorial for use by students in a classroom environment.
“This funding is important as it allows each of the project partners to play a significant role in contributing to and creating an innovative culture in the province through the education of our youth,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, director of DELT. “By collaborating on this initiative with these valuable partners, we are able to enliven the material, demonstrate processes and illustrate concepts through the use of technology to engage students in a meaningful way. Through this project, we are also better positioned to connect with the youth in our province, especially those in our rural schools.”
Specifically, the project will focus on the topic Science of Flight in the current Grade 6 science curriculum. With dedicated resources from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and content experts from the Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program, DELT will design and develop video and audio components that will supplement the learning activities of the Science of Flight topic. CDLI will play an advisory role and assist in ensuring the product outcomes meet the learning objectives of the science curriculum.
The media clips generated by the project will not only be available to participating schools, but will be freely available to all students in Newfoundland and Labrador, and any other classes worldwide. It is expected that the media clips will be launched in participating schools by March 2010.
Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT) will receive $22,630 from the provincial government towards the project. The funding was announced in a press release from the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development on Wednesday, Dec. 16.