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Canadian Astronaut Visits Glen Ames PS to Unveil New Commemorative Stamp

Canadian Astronaut Visits Glen Ames PS to Unveil New Commemorative Stamp

Friday, May 05, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Glen Ames PS recently welcomed Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen as he and Canada Post officials unveiled a stamp commemorating one of Canada’s most significant achievements in space, science, technology and innovation: the Canadarm.

The stamp, one of a series of ten to be issued to mark Canada’s 150th year since Confederation, was officially unveiled by Canada Post on May 4 but Glen Ames PS students and staff had a sneak peek on April 28 when Hansen visited the school and spoke with the entire student body with a message of encouragement for the next generation of Canadian innovators. 

Hansen also met separately with grade 7 and 8 students from the school’s robotics club and provided inspiration as they prepare to travel to California to compete in an international robotics competition.  Hanson was genuinely interested in their learning and connected with them on a very personal level and through a shared love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “You set a big goal,” he told them. “It attracted a team of people and together you did more than you could have done on your own.”

Principal Kris Wessenger-Macdonald said some students shared afterward that it was one of the most positive experiences they have ever had. “Mr Hansen was a wonderful speaker and engaged our students by focussing his message not only on space and exploration but also on other important elements of success such as goal setting, teamwork, positive attitude, and staying true to oneself,” she said. “It really resonated and was particularly meaningful for our robotics team, who were just thrilled to share their invention with him.” 

This astronaut clearly has students’ stamp of approval.

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