We would all love if the apprenticeship pathway is being discussed at every kitchen table.
160 Avon Maitland students from grades 7 & 8 will be participating in a district-wide initiative that allows them to get their hands and minds on the possibilities of careers tied to Technological Education.
In partnership with Lambton College, the AMDSB TAKE TECH – Elementary Exploration event will provide hands-on activities related to trade-related careers. Students will have the opportunity to learn and work with college instructors and secondary school staff and students. This experience will provide students exposure to skilled trades and promote better informed academic pathways and career decisions.
Lambton College’s Mobile Technology Trailer will be used to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about the skilled trades. The Mobile Technology Trailer accommodates groups of 10 students at a time by providing individual work stations equipped with hand tools. Two television monitors at opposite ends of the trailer provide step-by-step tutorials for the student project at hand.
The Technological Education departments at Listowel District Secondary School and Central Huron Secondary Schools will also involve participants in activities that will provide students with the opportunity for a hands-on approach to exploring technology and developing problem solving skills in a safe and positive environment.
The goal of the event is to:
- Support the importance of Career/Life planning and the Individual Pathways Plan;
- Promote the importance of technological education;
- Create links to the secondary Technological Education curriculum;
- Strengthen connections between science, technology and math.
“Experiential learning opportunities such as TAKE TECH – Elementary Exploration allow deeper learning through real, relevant and meaningful investigation by the students,” explains Jeff Piro, AMDSB Pathways Coordinator.
Piro believes it’s important that students are exposed to technological education activities that allow them to interact with concrete learning materials, tools and equipment associated with hands-on learning.
“The student-centered application of skills and knowledge while engaged in collaboration, innovation and critical-thinking is very exciting for them. It is a great problem for us when students keep saying ‘just one more minute.’ We would all love if the apprenticeship pathway is being discussed at every kitchen table.”
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TAKE TECH – Elementary Exploration is funded and supported by the School to College to Work Initiative (SCWI) and the AMDSB Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP.
For further information please contact:
Jeff Piro, Pathways Coordinator, Avon Maitland District School Board, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wes MacVicar, Avon Maitland District School Board, (800) 592-5437 x231; email@example.com