Queen's University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

February 2014

As is customary, the month of February is a busy one here on campus, with students completing midterms before their well-deserved reading week break.  It's also exciting to see the final stages of applicant information arriving - deadline on the Queen's PSE is March 1st, and offers are beginning to be put out to the class of 2018.  Aboriginal Access to Engineering has released a new booklet this month, designed to introduce and engage Aboriginal youth with the idea of a future in civil engineering.  And the Olympics....well, it's captivating the world as we watch our best go higher, faster and stronger using a combination of the engineering technology in their equipment and years of dedication. Education is a journey of a lifetime, and we aim to help support that journey.  Please follow us on facebook and twitter for regular updates in Aboriginal STEM initiatives.

New Publication

We're Civil Engineers 
The second booklet in the I'm an Engineer series is now ready for distribution!  Join Haven Moses and Oke Maracle as they introduce young Wesaks to their field of engineering, civil. Written and illustrated for a youth audience, both We're Civil Engineers and I'm a Chemical Engineer engage Indigenous youth through positive role modelling and culturally relevant references within engineering.  Booklets are available for order on the AAE website, free to teachers and Indigenous community members.

University Experience Program

High school students, come study at Queen's this coming May!  
Enrichment Mini Course (EMC) registration is now open, and for the second consecutive year, Aboriginal Access to Engineering will sponsor individual high school students to attend engineering-related courses through the Monture Aboriginal Engineering Bursary. Dedicated in honour of Queen's first Aboriginal graduate, Gilbert Monture (Sci' 21) the bursary provides full coverage of the tuition fees to attend the week-long EMC program on Queen's main campus. Eligible courses include 
  • Beyond the Calculator: An Introduction to the Engineering Design Process
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS): Applying technology to find our way in the world
  • Innovating Our Potentials:  A Fusion of Engineering and Medicine
  • LEGO Robotics and Programming
  • Looking Back to the Future: Geology and Earth Systems
  • Problem Solving, Mathematics and Origami

Four Directions and On-Campus Events

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre welcomes all to their cultural and social programming events. Events are free unless otherwise indicated.
Thursdays, 4-5 pm
Hand Drumming

Thursdays, 3:00-5:30
Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program
For local high school aged Aboriginal youth. Contact Ashley Maracle for details

Feb 28, 3:00-4:00 pm
Frybread Friday

Four Directions

March 5, 5-7 pm
Three Sisters Feast

Free for students, donation requested of community members

March 19, 7 pm
A Tribe Called Red
Queen's ARC - $18.00
A Tribe Called Red are a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming

For Parents and Teachers

Engineering and the Winter Olympics
Here are some great videos and lesson plans put together by the US National Science Foundation, based on the engineering involved in the Winter Olympics at Sochi.  From bobsled runners and speed skating skin suits, to the creation of the perfect ice, science is everywhere at the Olympics! For more lessons based on the winter sports, visit the Science Buddies blog entry from Vancouver 2010 or check out the Olympic-themed math ideas for primary classrooms at Scholastic.

Observing Snow: Toward a Culturally Responsive Curriculum
The Observing Snow project comes from the Denali Foundation and is aimed at engaging Indigenous youth with traditional knowledge in the science classroom.  The table of contents guides users beyond the start page.

Students' Section

Bead work patterns
Maybe you knew this already, but bead work has a lot of math involved!  The patterns of bead work can be laid out on a grid or as three-dimensional geometry.  Mathematical patterns make your bead work beautiful! Even fused beads follow a pattern.  In the spirit of the Olympics, try these winter sports fused bead patterns, or try your own on the virtual loom.

High School
March Break travels
Queen's University, like many universities and colleges throughout Ontario, will host open house activities over the March Break. These events are the ideal time to come check out the campuses that could be your future home!  Even if you are not yet old enough to head to post-secondary education, it helps to get a sense of where you may be headed and to learn more about what post-secondary options are available to you.  Consider attending an open house event at a college or university near you this March Break!  Make sure you check in to whether or not you have to register beforehand.  For information and to register for the Queen's University event, please follow this link.

Conferences and Events

National Aboriginal Physical Activity and Cultural Circle
February 19-22, 2014
Queen's University
Kingston, ON

Mining Matters: Teacher's Day
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
March 2, 2014
Toronto, ON

Gathering Our Voices
Aboriginal Youth Conference

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
March 18-21, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Soaring Youth Career Conference

March 20, 2014
Winnipeg, MB
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