Take a closer look at technology & the trades during STEAM week

Today’s focus for #ocsbSTEAM week is technology and the trades. Get creative with today’s inventive STEAM challenge and learn about ways you can support your child’s learning in the field of technology and the trades.

STEAM challenge of the day

Create an invention or newspaper table. Share your creations online using #ocsbSTEAM and #ocsbTechEdge.

Ideas to support your child’s exploration of technology & the trades

If your child is in Kindergarten to grade 6

  • Show your child how to change a lightbulb (make sure to turn off the power).
  • Have simple discussions about the technological innovations around us that have made our lives better (e.g., pencils, chairs, umbrellas, indoor plumbing, cell phones, cameras etc.)
  • Bring awareness and appreciation of how coding (programming) is a technology that has become part of our modern world (e.g., cars, laundry machines, vacuum cleaners, thermostats, traffic lights etc.)

If your child is in grades 7 to 12

  • Work together to give old furniture a fresh look by sanding and painting it.
  • Build a birdhouse. Enjoy watching who flocks to your feeder!
  • Have your child help you put air in the tires or windshield washer fluid in your car if you have one.
  • Watch Youtube videos on hairstyling techniques, cooking, and simple home repairs.
  • Register for tonight’s webinar, 5 Great Reasons for a Career in the Trades with Jon Callegher. REGISTER NOW

How we support your child’s learning at the OCSB

  • We have 3D printers at every school so your child can learn how to design 3D objects using TinkerCad and Launchpad 3D.
  • We give students the opportunity to create and invent objects for their communities through the design thinking process and initiatives like the OCSB Social Entrepreneur Program. 
  • Through our SHSM programs, your child can receive specialized online training and certifications in a future career sector.
  • We provide your child with additional learning opportunities through community partners like Go Code Girl (Carleton University), Skills Ontario, Ottawa Network for Education, and local businesses.
  • We also give high school students access to EdgeFactor, a rich multimedia platform to explore skilled trades and technology careers.

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