The Arctic Science Series: An Inspiring Northern Educational Experience

Beginning in 2022, this project aims to spark interest in northern sciences by engaging youth in hands-on science activities while providing media training to produce an educational production on Arctic science topics aimed at schools across Canada. Working in partnership with northern scientists from the ArcticNet network, five to seven youth participants from three northern communities will be involved in the production of a show on Arctic topics, learn about media, science communication, filmmaking, co-develop the storyline, learn from, and interview scientists in the field.

Collaborators and Supporters

Sustainable Development Goals:

Overview

The 22min feature show will be aimed at students across the country featuring the community, their connection to the Arctic topic featured, and the science from the field. Including a series of learning modules following the STEM principles, the show will engage students in hands-on activities on Arctic science from a northern youth perspective. Funding will support the development and co-production of educational content while providing a hands-on experience to northern youth.

More than ever, northern communities need the tools and opportunities to ensure their self-determination. The Arctic is under great environmental pressure and communities living there need to have as many tools as possible to adapt to current and future changes. As the leaders of tomorrow, youth can act as bridges between traditional and scientific knowledges, both of which are necessary to ensure a sustainable adaptation to climate change and modernization.

Moreover, Arctic youth showed they have the skills, knowledge, and expertise to contribute to policy when some of them read aloud their joint declaration during the Arctic Youth Leaders’ Summit in November 2019. Along with other initiatives, our project will allow tomorrow’s leaders to develop their scientific, technical and interpersonal skills. Implementing, testing and measuring the project against ArcticNet’s new EDI strategy and Key Performance Indicators will be key in this project.

The Northern Inclusion community has put so much time and energy into shaping them and this would be an incredibly valuable opportunity to put this living process into action. Our team, as mentioned earlier, has many years of experience working in community-based projects, more specifically with Indigenous youth, to ensure the process is inclusive, ethical, and following local protocols.

Objectives

Our program’s objectives are as follows:

  • Engage Inuit youth to inspire an interest in northern science, while taking part in a film training experience to build an educational show on Arctic Sciences.
  • Motivate students across Canada to study northern science and to pursue careers in these fields
  • Increase connection, cultural awareness and knowledge between northern and southern classrooms by facilitating a “Pen Pals” exchange. This will increase the visibility and local knowledge from Inuit youth to share with other young Canadians
  • Provide an interactive STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program, virtual and in-person providing innovative, hybrid learning that teachers and students love

Target audience

Profile of our participants:

  1. Remote engagement: Grade 2-8, Potentially 20,000 students, French and English
  2. Local engagement: 5-7 Inuit youth from each community (high school age). The geographical reach is Canada-wide with a focus on Arctic territories connecting with Southern provinces.

There is easy transferability to other geographical areas.

Activities

Students across Canada will get involved in a series of learning challenges including creative, STEM, story, and game challenges. These links will take you to a past show on Arctic Fox and some of the assets created: Trailer Arctic Fox (Fr/Eng), Feature show (Fr/En/), STEM Challenge (Fr/En). Learning resources include:

  • Creative Challenge: Get engaged in the theme of the show with these fun cross-curricular and creative challenges.
  • STEM Challenge: STEM challenges get kids problem-solving and working in a hands-on way. Kids of varying ages and skill levels can engage and build complexity.
  • Story Challenge: Check out what books our Live It Librarian has found for us.
  • Game Challenge: Gamify your learning with these fun and challenging games built by our team.
  • Inquiry Guide: Use the Inquiry guide to support inquiry prior to, during and even after the feature show for project-based learning.
  • Slideshow: The slideshow is a great preview and introduction to the Live It show. It is a supplemental resource and also an enrichment resource for going deeper in either depth or scope.
  • Deep Dive: career profiles from scientists
  • Call-to-Action: Each show and slideshow will recommend a call to action for our viewers. The prompts in each show will vary from citizen science to community service, and experiential or project-based learning

Focus on the natural sciences and engineering

Working closely with Arctic scientists who will share their scientific knowledge and passion for science, this program will help in giving access to recent science information from the field that students, locally and nationally, will find engaging and relevant.

Related Research and Resources:

Community Based Research Lab
University of Victoria
https://www.cbrl.uvic.ca/

Knowledge for Change Consortium for Training in Community-Based Participatory Research
UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education:
https://www.unescochair-cbrsr.org/k4c-2/

Strategy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence
https://arcticnet.ulaval.ca/about-us/edi-strategy/

Key Performance Indicators for EDI
ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence
Final Report: Download
Key Performance Indicators: Download

For more information contact:

Maeva Gauthier, MSc; University of Victoria Community Based Research Lab at: maeva@liveit.earth or Dr. Pascale Ropars, ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence at: pascale.ropars@arcticnet.ulaval.ca