Celebration of Learning

Celebrating STEM at CA

November 23, 2021

Calgary Academy recognized National STEM Day on Nov. 8 to celebrate initiatives in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

With such a wide range of initiatives included in the acronym STEM, students’ personal interests are a huge component in the project design and intersect with other subjects and disciplines in several ways. From programming robots to competing in engineering challenges, turning artwork into interactive electrical adventures, or virtually connecting for a Q&A with the Canadian Space Agency to chat with a Canadian astronaut trainer, STEM education provides a broad array of learning for students.

Jenn Ferguson, who has been co-leading STEM initiatives at CA since 2014, has been one of the trailblazers of the program that encourages the use of technology with purpose, including research, problem solving, critical thinking, and applying knowledge in creative and innovative ways. Some of the primary outcomes of STEM education are computational thinking and executive functioning skills, approaches, and habits of mind.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

“The STEM curriculum can help students develop and apply skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, maintain positive relationships and reinforce social-emotional learning competencies. It presents opportunities for students to participate and succeed in scientific inquiry, engineering design, problem-solving with real-world context, hands-on learning, curiosity, creativity, fostering student engagement and motivation, collaboration and critical thinking.” – Jenn Ferguson

Here’s some examples of activities that students have experienced over the years, just to name a few:

“As I look back to what they envisioned then [at the Canada 2067 Youth Summit], the future of STEM education will go to all places that we cannot even imagine yet.”

We can’t wait to see what’s next for students! You can follow more of Jenn’s STEM endeavours on Twitter at @FergeeksonGirl. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​