(Story submitted by Bonnie Cremo) November 6 was a day to remember because throughout the many years in which we have participated in the Techsploration Program, for the first time ever, we participated in the Techsplorer Alumni Conference remotely, in the safety of our community.
Normally, we would have travelled and stayed overnight with our alumni to the mainland to participate in this one day conference with other alumni teams from throughout Nova Scotia. This year we had a total of 8 participants take part in our ABHMS chapter of this conference. During this conference our alumni worked together on building two project activities.
For the first project activity, alumni had to work together (covid-style) to build an Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship using foam boards and plastic sheets. They learned how to read authentic technical drawings designed by a team of engineers from Irving Shipbuilding. In the second activity our students put together a wind lift. They experimented with the apparatus and took part in a challenge with other alumni teams in Nova Scotia, to determine which team could lift the most objects in their basket of the wind lift – our team won the challenge with the most objects!
We were able to tune into a couple of online round robins, in which role models talked a bit of their careers. There were some challenges navigating through the platform and with technical difficulties of gathering online, so we caught as much as we could. But those challenges that didn’t stop us from making new memories with our Techsplorer sisters. We even got to enjoy ice cream at the end of the event – which is a tradition of Techsploration we just couldn’t break!
Techsploration is an award-winning, Nova Scotia-based not-for-profit that delivers hands-on, mentor-led programming to young women in Grades 9 through 12. The goal of Techsploration is to increase the number of women working in science, engineering, trades, and technology-related occupations by assisting young women from diverse backgrounds to explore a wide range of career options in fields where women are significantly underrepresented.
Remembrance Day ceremonies were held a little differently this year. A virtual event was held for students at ABMHS. You can check out the youtube video here:
Educators from K-4 to grade 6 had an opportunity to take part in a Wellness Day on November 13. They spent the morning learning about the Multiple Intelligences and took part in small group activities. They also had an opportunity to do a mindfulness activity. They spent the afternoon working on medicine wheel activities which included a craft. Everyone enjoyed the day and had some much needed down time from a stressful year.
We’koqma’q school switched to online learning at the end of November and have plans to continue with it until after the Christmas break. Before they went on break they wanted to have some of the events they would normally have during the month of December. They celebrated their Christmas Spirit with Crazy Hair Day, PJ Day and Ugly Sweater Day on their final day of in-school learning for 2020.