Strait Regional School Board Hosts First Tool Box Challenge Event

Pictured are Kilah Hayden, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; Jayden Ryan, 1st Place Team Member, SAERC; Jeremy Samson, Teacher and Tool Box Challenge Organizing Committee; Josh Stewart, 1st Place Team Member, SAERC; Gordon Jewers, 1st Place Team Member, SAERC; Mike MacDonald, Teacher, SAERC (left to right).
Standings: 1st Place, SAERC; 2nd Place, Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy;
3rd place, Inverness Education Centre/Academy

Eleven schools comprised of students from Grades 7 to 10 competed in teams of three to solve a timed task during the Strait Regional School Board’s first Tool Box Challenge event held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at SAERC.

Event organizer and Coordinator of Community Based Learning Mark Pettipas explained that students were required to work as a team to solve the challenge of building a projectile that could be launched with accuracy to knock down targets. “This initiative is based on the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM philosophy) across disciplines in school.  It also encourages 21st Century learning skills such as critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration and communication, and requires students to apply the design process they are taught in Technology Education classes,” said Mr. Pettipas.

It was a wonderful day of hands-on learning in action and collaboration among our students.  Participating school teams included Bayview Education Centre, Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, St Mary’s Education Centre/Academy, SAERC, Tamarac Education Centre, St Andrew Junior School, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy, Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy, Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy, Inverness Education Centre/Academy and East Richmond Education Centre.