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STEAM + Perseverance = GOLD

STEAM + Perseverance = GOLD

Monday, March 20, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

When STEAM meets perseverance, a champion emerges - that was the message shared by Canadian Paralympian Erica Scarff when she shared her story with 250 Grade 7 and 8 students at Queen Victoria Public School's third annual STEAM conference last month.  

A competitive gymnast at age 12, Ms. Scarff is now a world champion kayaker having survived osteosarcoma, the same rare bone cancer that struck Terry Fox.  Ms. Scarff  shared her personal story with staff and students in a Keynote presentation facilitated by former Olympic gymnast and sportscaster Elfi Schlegel. Having been challenged and inspired by Ms. Scarff, each of the 250 intermediate students from both Queen Victoria Public School and Parkdale Public School circulated to three of the 21 other workshops to learn more about how knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) are applied in a variety of jobs and problem-solving situations.   

Dancing neuro-scientists, chefs who cook with insects, laser-shooting mathematicians and several generations of robots were among the presenters who shared the challenges and thrills of applying STEAM skills to everyday problems in their work as engineers, artists, researchers, storytellers and entrepreneurs. The conference was organized by a team of Queen Victoria teachers led by teacher-librarian Jan McMillin. 

“Our school has recently expanded to include Grade 7 and 8,” said McMillin. “We know that our students, who have been developing their inquiry and problem-solving skills with us since Junior Kindergarten, are curious about where their school-book learning might take them. The STEAM conference is a chance for students to explore just a few of the many paths that are opening up for them.” 

The conference is supported in part by the Queen Victoria School Council.  

 
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