MERN Forum Presentation id=704
MERN Forum # 45
Session: 1B
Author: LeeAnn Fishback & Stephanie Puleo
Affiliation: University College of the North
Title : Science outreach programs at the Arctic’s edge
Description : Established in 1976, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is a premier venue for subarctic research and education in Canada and provides a unique field station facility, open year-round, in a northern environment. The SubArctic Youth Science (SAYS), Churchill program, is about bringing this environment alive through a series of hands-on activities and related modules. Programming through SAYS brings the marine, northern boreal forest and tundra ecozones that intersect in Churchill, Manitoba into the classroom; using science, the program showcases the tremendous diversity of life and human activities in the Subarctic. Through the SAYS program the Churchill Northern Studies Centre delivers module-based programing to approximately 200, 10-18 year olds per annum, fostering hands-on science programs and inspiring scientific curiosity in youth. We are currently in year 2 of the 3 project development with completion and delivery of the first two topics on marine biology and subarctic ecology for the SAYS Churchill program. For example, in support of a saltwater life interactive module for the marine biology module, a 125 gallon saltwater holding tank to showcase aquatic species in Hudson Bay has been established at the Centre. Through post-program surveys, we have found the SAYS program has encouraged students to consider scientific research opportunities in the future and engaged youth in a better understanding the subarctic marine and ecological environment.
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