Building Sustainable Communities

Wiseman Mathematics Contest

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Arzu Sardarli
Email address of primary contact person: 
asardarli@firstnationsuniversity.ca
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The Wiseman Mathematics Contest is an annual project. The purpose of Wiseman Mathematics Contests is to motivate young students of First Nations schools for learning Mathematics in competitive environment. This is the first mathematics contest in North America developed for aboriginal students.

 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The Wiseman Mathematics Contest is an annual project.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
math contest, First Nations
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The purpose of Wiseman Mathematics Contests is to motivate young students of First Nations schools for learning Mathematics in competitive environment.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

This is the first mathematics contest in North America developed for aboriginal students. Our project is addressed to grade 4 and 5 students of First Nations schools.

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

For better preparation of students we publish the preparatory materials in The Native Journal.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Our project is addressed to grade 4 and 5 students of First Nations schools. The cycle 2007/2008 was sponsored by The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA). Since 2008 The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has been supporting The
Wiseman Mathematics Contest within the PromoScience program. The cycle 2008/2009 was sponsored also by SIGA and SaskEnergy.

Earthkeepers

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Brian Flaherty
Email address of primary contact person: 
flahertyb@spsd.sk.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Earthkeepers is a semester-length integrated program for grade 10 students, offered at Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon. The program aims to equip students with the skills and values necessary for sustainable living, active citizenship and life-long learning. Earthkeepers began in the spring semester of the 2008-09 school year, and is currently running, for the second time, this semester.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

This program is ongoing.  It runs for one semester each school year.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Earthkeepers, high school, awareness, sustainable living
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

An integrated curriculum and a variety of student centered learning styles are used to create meaningful action-based learning experiences for the students as they investigate the themes of Natural Systems, Self Sufficiency and Community Development.Earthkeepers is building capacity for sustainable development through individual student learning and through the program’s positive influence on our entire school culture. Students at Aden Bowman are acquiring the skills and values that will allow them to make responsible, socially-conscious contributions to their communities, both now and in the future.

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school

Bioresource Management 20

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Tina Rioux
Email address of primary contact person: 
riouxt@spsd.sk.ca
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The purpose of Bioresource Management 20 is to educate students using non‐traditional instructional methods and instill an interest in scientific issues and work related careers. Students solve real‐life scientific case studies using problem based learning with the assistance of experts within scientific communities and public organizations.Students are engaged in learning, take ownership for their own education and are held accountable by their fellow group members. Teachers take on the role of facilitators and use community experts to provide experiential learning opportunities for the students. This course is being offered to Grade 11 students attending Evan Hardy Collegiate this fall (2009) in the first semester only. Students that successfully complete the course earn a Biology 20 credit as well as a Work Education 30 credit.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
biology, work experience, high school, bioresource management
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Bioresource Management exposes students to the three pillars of sustainability. Through the course students research and examine ways to solve problems such as maintaining productivity in a managed ecosystems, dealing with cougars and urban centers along with ways to manage chronic wasting diseases using sustainable practices. Students advocate for humane and sustainable solutions that allow them to take on active environmental stewardship roles within their community. Students internalize the material and gain a deep appreciation for the subject matter both inside and outside of the classroom. At the conclusion of each case, students make formal presentations of their findings and suggestions to a panel of guests from the University of Saskatchewan, Superintendents of Education from the Saskatoon Public School Board, a School Board Trustee, Administrators of our school and guests who helped the students throughout their case.

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

Within the first scientific case study, “Endeavor Green”, students were asked to take on the role of agrologists. Their goal was to increase sustainability while maintaining productivity in a managed ecosystem. The second case study, “Cougar and the City” requires students to be conservation officers who are required to propose humane solutions to keep cougars out of cities. Within their final case, “A Very Interesting Diagnostic Occurrence”, students will address aspects of chronic wasting disease.

Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP) Resource & Library Collection

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Paul Stinson
Email address of primary contact person: 
paul.stinson@sunwestsd.ca
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The CSLP Resource & Library Collection includes print, video and hands‐on resources that promote a broad range of topics that fall under sustainable living. The purpose of this project is to increase the availability of educational resources on sustainability, particularly for rural Saskatchewan, but for urban dwellers as well. The nature of the project is to provide greater access to educational resources on a broad range of topics, ranging from peak oil to local food to spirituality, as well as access to equipment such as dip nets and stargazing tools that can provide  opportunities to better understand and appreciate the natural environment.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
educational resources, craik sustainable living project
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

While some resources have been used in a formal educational setting, such as children’s books about renewable
resources and pond study equipment, others, such as books on strawbale building, seed saving, and composting,
have informed other local projects, increasing their success.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Middle years school
High school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

The initial collection was started with donations of books from Dr. Lynn Oliphant and funding from
the Davidson Inter‐Church Association (DICA). The collection was able to grow through additional funding from
the Ctaik Community/Mid‐Lakes Region One Tonne Challenge, the Craik Recreation Board, and the
Saskatchewan Outdoor Education Association (SOEEA).

Wings Over Wascana School Day 2009

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Leah Japp
Email address of primary contact person: 
leahjapp@gmail.com
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The fourth annual Wings Over Wascana (WOW) School Day took place Friday May 8, 2009. Participants in WOW have the opportunity to spend a day outdoors, engaged in hands-on, minds-on environmental education activities. Some of these activities included: pond dipping in the marsh, poura-pond to examine aquatic creatures more closely, a presentation by “Batman” (Dr. Mark Brigham), an
opportunity to reflect on their experiences through reflection, drawing and writing, singing EarthSongs
with Don Waite, bird watching, hiking, owl pellet dissection, games using a giant, 6-foot diameter,
EarthBall, and the opportunity to meet a live bat and a live Great Horned Owl. Through all these
activities students gain a greater appreciation for the marsh area and a deeper understanding of the
interconnectedness of natural ecosystems, plus have fun spending the day outside learning!

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The fourth annual Wings Over Wascana (WOW) School Day took place Friday May 8, 2009.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
education, youth, natural prairies
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Wings Over Wascana School Day builds capacity for sustainable development through the involvement
and education of youth. The students who participate in the festival gain a deeper appreciation and
understanding of the marsh ecosystem and all the things that they can do in their lives to support and
protect the environment. Some of these students have never had the opportunity to visit the marsh
before, nor have they had other opportunities to engage in activities such as pond dipping and seeing live
bats and owls.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
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