Inside this issue: Greetings | Recent News | Events | Teacher’s Section | Student’s Section

Spring is in the air!

Kingston has had a rocky start to spring, but it looks like it finally may be here! Students are busy writing their exams and for our program, the new study room for Aboriginal engineering students is being well used. Welcome to everyone who has joined the mailing list over the past month, in particular those who attended the National Gathering of Indigenous Educators.  Education is a journey that lasts a lifetime... please continue to share this information with any contacts you may know who are interested in STEM education among Aboriginal youth and engineering as a future career choice. You may also follow us on facebook or through twitter!

Meet Sharla...updated

Last month's Aboriginal Engineering Role Model was Sharla Howard....but the link in the newsletter was wrong! Here is an updated link to take you to Sharla's biography.

Meet Vaughn

This month, our Aboriginal engineering role model is a civil engineer, Vaughn Maracle.  Vaughn lives in upstate New York and is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.  Read more about Vaughn and his journey into engineering at!

Teachers' Section

Indspire Institute
This past month, Aboriginal Access to Engineering had the good fortune of attending the First National Gathering of Indigenous Educators.  At this event, Indspire unveiled its' new Indspire Institute, an online gathering place to share experiences and best practices in Indigenous education. Through their online discussion forum on Schoology, participants can interact and continue the discussions that were launched at the Gathering.  Oh, and freebie alert - they're giving away an iPad to one lucky forum participant this month! Good luck - as a primer, why not read this article on 30 iPad Apps Every Teacher Should be Using ?

Math First Peoples

Part of the purpose of the National Gathering was to promote the sharing of resources - something that's high on the priority list of AAE as well, especially as it relates to STEM teaching and learning in the Aboriginal community. Math First Peoples Resource Guide is out of BC, and hopes to engage Aboriginal youth by bringing content, perspectives, and teaching approaches associated with First Peoples into the math classroom. They have a downloadable resource featuring math units for grades 8 and 9 available online.

Queen's Campus Events

Most events are free.  For more information contact
Vanessa McCourt 613-533-6823
Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Still Time to Register for Queen's AUE

Aboriginal Access to Engineering has as part of its' mandate outreach in STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Math - with Aboriginal youth. Students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to come stay on campus and participate in either the Aboriginal University Experience (AUE) from May 14-17 or the Enrichment Mini Courses (EMC) being delivered in conjunction with Queen's Enrichment Studies Unit.  The Aboriginal Engineering Bursary covers the full cost of EMC courses in engineering....check it out!

Find out more about AUE - ESU
EMC Aboriginal Engineering Bursary

Students' Section


Do you use a Cell Phone?

Have you ever thought of what goes into designing one?  Engineers help make decisions that will make a product more functional and market-friendly. Check out this interactive engineering game at EdHeads!
Design a cell phone


Thinking about Engineering...

How do you become an engineer?  It begins with the thought that you may one day get there!  The Professional Engineers of Ontario, or PEO, has a short checklist for you to go over to see if engineering might be for you.
PEO Opening the Doors


Show me the Money

This school year is coming to a close - if you are a post-secondary student, it's exam time!  It's also time to look into money options to get you through your next school year.  AADNC has put together a new Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool to help you find exactly the type of money you may need.  
Bursary Search 

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Soaring Career Conference
for Indigenous Youth grades 8-12
May 8, 2013
Sudbury ON

Queen's Aboriginal University Experience
For youth from grades 7-12
May 14-17, 2013
Kingston ON

ONECA conference
(Ontario Native Educatiion Counsellors Association)
May 27-29, 2013
Sault Ste. Marie ON
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