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

Today’s focus for #ocsbSTEAM week is the 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.

#ocsbSTEAM challenge of the day

Green screen your STEAM challenge! Create a short video (30 seconds or less) that incorporates green screening to show your favourite aspect of STEAM OR something you learned at school. 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.
  • Look for ways to innovate through code and/or digital design (ex. Cars, Smart technology, eSports/Gaming).
  • Explore how something works by taking it apart and putting it back together (ex. E-waste or used mechanical objects). 
  • Watch Youtube videos on hairstyling techniques, cooking, and simple home repairs.

How we support your child’s learning at the OCSB

  • We have 3D printers at every school to 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 Specialist High Skills Majors (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.
  • Our board participated in the global Computer Science Education Week initiative, providing opportunities to explore coding and careers in the tech industry.

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