There is good news for public awareness of science and technology! The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) wants to engage the scientific community in a new cross-Canada event that celebrates discovery and innovation. With a particular emphasis on Canadian youth, Science Odyssey will be ten days of discovery and innovation. Hundreds of events will take place all across Canada. We proposed to present an activity in Qikiqtarjuaq !
AOA educational modules, currently funded by the PromoScience program (NSERC), are progressively being downloaded onto the website and we would be pleased to offer them to Inuit communities. It seems essential that students in the North, who will be the first to be affected by global changes, are aware of major scientific and social implications of these changes.
Outreach activities will take place between May 6 and 15, 2016, involving young students (11-15 years) in Qikiqtarjuaq (Baffin Island, Nunavut). These activities are being developed as part of the GreenEdge scientific program. The first 6 modules of the AOA educational program will be presented and tested: 1 / Discover the Arctic Ocean; 2 / Arctic climate change; 3 / Ocean stratification; 4 / Arctic marine ecosystems; 5 / Phytoplankton bloom; 6 / Biological pump.
Activities will be presented all over Canada, in addition to the Inuksuit School in Qikiqtarjuaq. Eventually, workshops will be held on the ice with key members of the community. Exchanges related to each activity will form part of our partnering for knowledge co-construction.
The video about the phytoplankton bloom is shown below: