Queen's University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

Summer Science Opportunities

May passed in a flurry of activity for our program, and June is following fast suit!
With the academic year over at Queen's University, our program ramps up our outreach wing.  Look for us on the road at a pow-wow near you, or take advantage of our Aboriginal student bursary for Science Quest Camp in the Kingston area.  Local FNMI youth can participate at a camp of their choice, provided by Aboriginal Access to engineering.  And how does engineering affect your life? Our video contest closes on June 20 - don't forget to get those entries in! E
ducation is a journey of a lifetime, and we aim to support that journey.  Please follow us on facebook and twitter for regular updates in Aboriginal STEM initiatives.

EngWAY wraps up 

Engineering Week for Aboriginal Youth
From May 20-23, we were happy to host 19 junior high students from across Ontario on campus for the EngWAY program. Civil engineering instructor Martin Noël had students building cars and bridges, while Elder Bernard Nelson led the students in pitching the new Queen's tipi.  Thanks go to the Enrichment Studies Unit and Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre for their collaboration in making it a week to remember!  Check out our video!

PromoScience Summer

Outreach program visits community events and cultural festivals
Our summer PromoScience student team is on the road again, bringing a hands-on approach to early engagement with engineering to communities in southern Ontario and western Quebec.  So far, we have made stops in Hiawatha, Walpole Island, and Barrie ON as well as Maniwaki QC.  We love meeting people while on the road, and look forward to blogging our summer adventures.  Read more here!

Pow Wow Schedule

These are some of the the events our outreach team has scheduled in the upcoming month
Career Fair and Pow Wow
North Bay Indian Friendship Centre

June 13-15 2014
North Bay, ON

53rd Aamjiwnaang Competitive
June 21-22, 2014
Sarnia, ON

Munsee-Delaware Traditional
June 28-29, 2014
Muncey, ON

Sheguindah Traditional
July 5-6, 2014
M'chigeeng ON

Echoes of a Proud Nation
July 12-13, 2014
Kahnawake QC

Kettle and Stony Point 
July 12-13, 2014
Lambton, ON

Conferences and Events

K-12 Workshop
American Society for Engineering Education

June 14, 2014
Indianapolis, IN USA

Meet Kristopher Peters

Civil Engineer
Our role model program looks forward to expanding over the next several months, with new faces to meet and stories to hear. This month, meet Stó:lō and Carrier civil engineer Kristopher Peters, who took a longer journey to becoming an engineer. With the support of his family, he has graduated and is now pursuing the career of his dreams.

For Parents and Teachers

Year End Lesson Ideas
Report cards are written and everyone is counting the days.  Why not make the most of them?  End of year can be a lots of fun, and still time for lots of learning.  Great ideas provided here...in particular the chemical reaction of the tin-can ice cream activity.

Yours for the Summer!
For parents, summer is time to take on a full time role as your child's first teacher.  Fortunately, there are a lot of fun activities you can find online to get you through the days, like looking for mechanical engineering in the toy box!

Student and Teacher Conferences

Science and engineering education
The month of May found us travelling far and wide, from Vancouver to Prince Edward Island, meeting Aboriginal teachers and students from across Turtle Island.  At ANTEC - Atlantic Native Teacher Education Conference, our Director Melanie Howard shared a promising program for family engagement and also hosted a workshop on cultural storytelling as a springboard to engineering design. Outreach Coordinator Joe Brant met students from BC at Indspire, teachers from Manitoba and education counselors from across Ontario. We thank everyone for their sharing and time spent with us, and look forward to seeing you soon!
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