Queen's University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

Engineering in your life

Here at Aboriginal Access to Engineering, we try to raise awareness about the profession and the potential for future careers in the diverse field that is engineering. Engineering is, after all, a part of everyday life!  To that end, we have launched a contest for youth aged 10-17 years old, encouraging them to take a look around and find examples of engineering in their lives.  If they film and submit a video (or complete a 1-3 page written report) on the topic of engineering in their lives, they are entered in for a chance to win an iPad!  Engineering truly is everywhere, and impacts so many aspects of our lives, from the homes we live in and the roads we travel on, to the medical instruments used by our doctors and the technology that is bringing this newsletter to you.  Please forward news of the contest on to Canadian Aboriginal youth you may know! 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.

Now in Ojibwe

What Engineers Do
Aboriginal Access to Engineering is glad to have another Indigenous language version of our children's activity book, What Engineers Do.  Now available in Ojibwe, the book was translated by Barbara Nolan of Garden River.  It joins the Mohawk and Oji-Cree versions to round out our Indigenous language offerings, alongside the enhanced English-language version, which features activity ideas for parents and teachers. This book is a simple introduction to engineering intended for children 10 and under. Order your copies today!

For Parents and Teachers

Everyday Engineering

Our focus this month is taking time to observe engineering in our everyday lives.  To that end, author Andrew Burroughs of the book Everyday Engineering shares his vision of what an engineer does and sees in their everyday environment.  "I would like to think that everyone has some engineering capability." Take time to watch his brief video, share with your children, and perhaps re-imagine your world through the eyes of an engineer.


Engineering in your Classroom

Engineering is practical and relevant to your students lives - we all use engineered products, every day, to make our lives easier. An investigation into the products of engineering combined with a study of their design is the perfect jumping off point into hands-on activities in design and physical science!  But where to start? Try Engineering has a plethora of lesson plans to help you begin to integrate engineering into your classroom approach to teaching science.

On Campus Events

Four Directions welcomes all to their cultural and social programming events.  Events are free unless otherwise indicated!
Nov 18-20 
Elder Jan Longboat will be here.  One on one meetings available, book through Vanessa McCourt at 613.533.6823
Nov 18, 5:00 pm
Women’s Full Moon Ceremony
Nov 18, 2:30-4:00 pm
Kahswentha Initiative Indigenous Teach-In on Language, 517 Watson Hall. Join us for a discussion lead by Jan Longboat on the importance of Indigenous language preservation
Nov 20, 12:00-1:00 pm
Elder teaching

Nov 20, 5:00-7:00 pm 
Three Sisters’ Feast

Nov 29, 2:00-4:00 pm  
Holiday Tea. Join us for treats & tea/coffee, holiday music and socializing to wrap up the end of term!

For more information contact Vanessa McCourt 613-533-6823
Four Directions Aboriginal Centre

Soaring Edmonton

Did you see Dana in Edmonton?  
Dana Wesley represented AAE at the Soaring Youth Career Conference in Edmonton on November 6. Soaring events are always an amazing opportunity for youth to learn about possible career options and to make plans for their futures.  The 2014 series of Soaring conferences will take place in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Iqaluit, so keep your eyes open for the opportunity to attend!  Details about these conferences can be found at the Indspire website.

Students' Section

Contest alert!
Did you know products of engineering are all around you, every day?  Take a few moments to think about that!  Then head over to the Aboriginal Access to Engineering website to check out our cool new contest.  Submit a video or written report and you have a chance to win an iPad!  Parental permission is required, so make sure read all the rules.  Aliya will tell you all about it in the promotional video, be sure to watch!

Aboriginal Lynx...encore!
We introduced you to Aboriginal Lynx last month, but as it remains prime hiring season for summer internships, this service begs repeating! Lynx is an online job search board, where employers interested in Aboriginal recruitment post their available positions. Aboriginal Post-Secondary students from across Canada are encouraged to register, regardless of whether your university or college is a partner of Lynx or not.  Last year, over 1400 jobs were posted to Lynx!  Check Lynx out today... as a bonus, they are doing a draw for an iPad mini at the end of term....all new registrants on the site are entered to win!

Upcoming Conferences

Igniting Curiosity
Science Teachers Association of Ontario

November 14-16, 2013
Toronto, ON

Story as History
First Nations Education Steering Committee

December 12-14, 2013
Vancouver, BC

Soaring Youth Career Conference

March 20, 2014
Winnipeg, MB

Aboriginal Education Research Forum 2014
Shawane Dagosiwin

April 30 - May 1, 2014
Winnipeg, MB

Publications available

New series for students 8-14 years
Aboriginal Access to Engineering is proud to introduce I'm a Chemical Engineer, the first in our We're Engineers series of publications.  I'm a Chemical Engineer introduces chemical engineering to youth through the narration of Siobhan Dooley, Sc'12. Written in an accessible comic-book style, I'm a Chemical Engineer aims to engage young Aboriginal readers with the possibility of a future in science and engineering.  Click here to order your copy today, and preview online at Issuu. other publications by AAE are also available for order, including the new Ojibway language version of What Engineers Do.


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