The Ontario Ministry of Education is trying to encourage Community-Based Experiential Learning through a grant being offered to K-12 teachers and students.
The Ministry defines Community-Based Experiential Learning as: an approach to student learning that provides students with opportunities to actively participate in experiences connected to a community outside the school (local, national, or global); reflect on those experiences to derive meaning from them; and apply their learning to their decisions and actions in various aspects of their lives.
At Immaculate Conception, we submitted a proposal that would help our Intermediate students in their career cruising, as they prepare for high school and beyond. Fortunately we were successful in our application and have begun to plan.
We will be exploring post-secondary and career choices in technology and the trades by visiting and touring the various programs at UOIT, as well as visiting and participating in 3D Printing at a local print shop.
Students and staff are grateful for the opportunities to experience and to learn.