The award-winning Saskatchewan-based Kamskénow program is helping students in grades 4-11 develop early interest in STEM fields and reducing dropout rates amongst at-risk youths.
Over the course of 13 weeks, students gain enthusiasm for learning through exciting, inquiry-based science and mathematics activities that develop their skills and knowledge.
Aboriginal students are traditionally underrepresented in science and mathematics programming at the postsecondary level nationally. Kamskénow offers weekly instruction to students in their own classroom where they can gain confidence as they participate in discussions and explore ideas. The goal of the program is to boost the representation of Aboriginal students in these programs within Saskatchewan’s universities and colleges.
Demand for the program has been growing at an exponential rate. Kamskénow is expected to reach more than 40 classrooms in 2016, with a waitlist of 60 classrooms eager to take part. Funding from NSERC’S PromoScience Program is helping Kamskénow expand into more classrooms and bring its lessons to more students. The support is also providing professional development for teachers, through modelling a hands-on approach to teaching science that will engage and excite their students.
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