Queen's University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

Season's Greetings

From the campus of Queen's University, we send Season's Greetings to you and yours. 2013 has been a busy year for Aboriginal Access to Engineering, and as our on-campus cohort of students heads home for the holidays, our thoughts turn to home and family.  Gifting is a big part of the traditions of the season and indeed in many Indigenous cultures. Gifts can be a gateway for people to explore something new and exciting... have you thought about STEM-related gifting this holiday season?  Perhaps simply the gift of time spent engaging in design and building activities with the children in your life?  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.

Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas

Queen's leads CREATE program  
Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas (SERA) is a graduate training program launched this past summer.  A joint partnership between Queen's University, Ottawa University, the Royal Military College and the University of Manitoba, SERA intends to train upwards of 40 graduate students in engineering and applied science.  The program is unique in its focus on professional skills, allowing students to train not only in the technical aspect of engineering in remote areas but also in the cultural, business and environmental aspects of project development in Canada's north. Graduate students will participate in industry internships to apply their skills in project situations.  SERA is funded in part by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE). It is hoped that many of the students trained by SERA will be of Aboriginal ancestry.  More information on SERA at Queen's.

For Parents and Teachers

STEM skill-building gifts
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math...and play! STEM isn't something that's bound to the classroom, in fact it's everywhere.  Young children learn best through play, and sometimes, so do older ones!  Check out this extensive list of gift ideas for your budding engineer or scientist.

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!
Four Directions closes on Dec 24 at 12pm and will reopen on January 2, 2014 at 8:30 am
Jan 17, 2014 3-6 pm
Jan 18, 2014 1-4 pm 

Hand Drum making workshop

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

Website relaunch

Aboriginal Access to Engineering is proud to re-introduce its' educational website, AboriginalAccess.ca. The newly redesigned site features different entry points for childrenyouth, and adults in order to direct the user to areas of greater interest.  Features include fact sheets on types of engineering, role model stories, community stories, interactive games, learning modules and curriculum ideas for teachers.  Don't forget our contest!

Students' Section

Rube Goldberg machines
Have you seen the viral video that puts the Beastie Boys "Girls" into engineering?  Their elaborate over-engineered method of turning off the TV is what is referred to as a Rube Goldberg machine.  Think you could try to put something together like this at home?

Santa and...Physics?
Can you help Santa gather all of his gifts in time?  Use what you know about physics to help Santa in this fun game!

After the stress of final exam season, it is a time to relax and recharge. Maybe you are heading back to your community and family, maybe heading off on an adventure with friends.  Either way, be sure to listen to your body and brain!  Short term stress can be helpful, but if it carries over it can be detrimental to your studies.  Check out some tips from Queen's Health Counselling and Disabilities Services to get yourself back on track and mentally prepared for the new year.

Upcoming Conferences

Hawaii International Conference on Education
January 5-8, 2014
Honolulu,  HI

National First Nations Infrastructure Conference and Tradeshow
Building for a Sustainable Future
Assembly of First Nations

February 3-5, 2014
Toronto, ON

Soaring Youth Career Conference

March 20, 2014
Winnipeg, MB

Aboriginal Education Research Forum 2014
Shawane Dagosiwin

April 30 - May 1, 2014
Winnipeg, MB
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