Sampling of Past Projects
Island WISE - science outreach
Lead by Dr. S. McQuarrie in collaboration with Dr. K. Jones, P. Wright and S. Denny we are working to expand on the already successful Women in Science and Engineering program with a Cape Breton flavour. In addition to supporting WISE events, that are familiar we are supporting culturally relevant science careers for future Mi'kmaw scientists through community based workshops, mentoring and camp opportunities. This project not have been possible without NSERC Promo Science funding (2017-2019) and additional NSERC extension grants for Science Literacy support
In parallel with the ArticNet project below, Dr. S. Tulloch and I are examining L'Nu student experience in Nova Scotia. We have partnered with the in Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey (MK) School board. The goal of our proposed research is to examine how local/Mi’kmaw control is being exercised, which Mi’kmaq-specific practices, indicators of success, and measures of achievement are in place, and how these impact student persistence and achievement, including through to post-secondary.
Funding: Inter Universities Research Network (IURN)
Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
In Partnership with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Nunasiavut Government, Dr. Gorman, Dr. Mauro, Dr. Tulloch and I were successful in supporting and developing the forum which took place in February 2017 and hosted teachers from the four Inuit regions. Teachers gathered to discuss current challenged and solutions for educational reform from an Inuit perspective.
Funding was provided in part by SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grant.
Foundations for Student Persistence and Success in Inuit Nunangat
In collaboration with Dr. M. O'Gorman as Primary Investigator and a multi-disciplinary, multi-university team comprising of investigators from University of Prince Edward Island and University of Winnipeg we are beginning research on Inuit student persistence. This project relies heavily on direction of our community partners/advisors. We hope to gather evidence and increase the dialogue around the following research questions:
Ski Ben Eoin Outdoor Classroom
In collaboration with Dr. A. Hatcher, the education committee of the Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association and Ben Eoin ski school, we are developing an outdoor classroom at the Ben Eoin ski hill. Contributors include a great team of educators (both current and retired) and some very engaged community members. As a pilot project for the outdoor classroom, we designed a series of full day excursions to Ski Ben Eoin that encourage active living and develop curricular skills related to physical education, health, science and social studies for grades 4 & 5. The unique lessons developed are rooted in local Mi'kmaq culture while satisfying specific Curricular outcomes mandated by the provincial department of education.
Website: Ski Ben Eoin
On May 7th, 2016, over 75 elementary students from the Cape Breton Victoria Regional, Strait Regional School Board and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey School Boards were invited to Cape Breton University to discover science. The ASK Science Odyssey was another great partnership between myself and Matthias Bierenstiel (Chemistry) and Katherine Jones (Biology). Our aim was to build on the ASK project and engage students in grades 4-6 in geographically relevant and applied challenges, one being the construction of a wind-powered elevator.
Funding: NSERC PromoScience Science Odyssey extension Grant