As I reflect back on the Canada Wide Science Fair now, I can distinctly see tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and innovators together in one space; showcasing the ideas and products that will be the backbone of our economy. I remember the last night we held the closing ceremonies and I had the great fortune of being seated at a table with several students from a school in Toronto. After the introductions the students were curious about the projects that had brought them to such a prestigious event. One project that stood out amongst the crowd was a project that I wish I had to foresight to record. This was my game changer, the TSN turning point. When he started his explanation I thought I was getting an elevator pitch, as if I was an investor. This kid was on. He didn’t care who I was, he’d practiced this pitch and recited it as if it were wrote memory.
Coding clubs, and teaching coding in general is definitely something that I believe is a priority for our schools. Nevertheless, I see becoming much more valuable if it were to be incorporated within a STEM umbrella. Science, technology, engineering, and math oriented clubs and curriculum have been implemented across North America over the past several years. This shift in focus has been in large part due to a shift towards a knowledge-based economy. Students training themselves within these fields are doing so because they crave intellectually stimulating careers, which offer great job security and great pay.
Although my career has taken me down a path that has been increasingly dominated by technology, both in the classroom and as a mentor, my first love was and always will be science. My original degree was in Marine Biology (which I took here at UNBSJ) and I have always maintained a connection to that field. Whether it is SCUBA diving in this beautiful region on the weekends, teaching it in the classroom, or supporting and organizing the district Science Fair, I have always enjoyed it. In fact, I have attended or been in involved in every District Science Fair since I started teaching. The highlight of this involvement was when I was selected as the regional delegate for Anglophone School District South at the 2013 Canada Wide Science Fair in Lethbridge Alberta. Attending this was extremely influential for me, as I saw empirical evidence of how powerful technology and science can be when combined.