Queen's University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

New Year, New Plans

As 2014 slowly begins to unfold, planning ahead comes to mind. Very fitting for a month that kicks off with resolutions and ends with the deadline for many university applications!  Succeeding at anything, be it New Year's Resolutions or university admissions and study, requires that we plan ahead.  With this in mind,our newsletter hopes to keep you well prepared!  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.

Monture Bursary for High School Students

High school students, come study at Queen's this coming May!  
Enrichment Mini Course (EMC) registration starts soon, 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

Feb 5, 5-7 pm
Three Sisters Feast

Free for students, donation requested of community members

Jan 16  6-9 pm
Full Moon Ceremony
, women only
Please bring potluck item

Jan 17, 2014 3-7 pm
Jan 18, 2014 12-3 pm 

Hand Drum making workshop
Free for students, $40 for community members

Jan 20 5:30-6:30 pm
Keep up/Catch up

Academic workshop
Contact Laura Maracle to register

Jan 21, 1:00-3:30 pm
Medicine Wheel in the Classroom

Presented by the Education Students Society
Register at ESS Office
West Campus

Jan 23, 11:30-12:30 pm
Shell Canada Aboriginal Student Luncheon

Aboriginal Engineering Student Group Room
Beamish Munro Hall Room 322

Jan 23, 2:30-4:00 pm
Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI)

Teach-in: History of Indigenous-Settler Relations
Duncan MacArthur A237
West Campus

Jan 31, 3:00-4:00 pm
Frybread Friday

Four Directions

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

For Parents and Teachers

Planning Ahead
With all of the apps and products available to teachers today, it's hard to know what to try out.  Here's a review of 7 popular apps and online services that will help you get organized in your lesson planning and classroom management.

Math Catchers
The Math Catchers, Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling project has produced a variety of short stories featuring a young boy called Small Number.  These stories present students with math puzzles in the context of Small Number's life and videos have been produced in various Aboriginal languages.  Math Catchers is also active in promoting mathematics to young students across British Columbia with an active classroom outreach program.  Read all about Math Catchers and visit Small Number

Students' Section

Deadlines with OUAC are fast approaching! Remember that Aboriginal Student Services at many universities and colleges in Canada have people in place to help you through the admissions process.  At Queen's, our Aboriginal Liaison is Ashley Maracle, and she works from the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.  Contact Ashley with any questions you may have about the admissions process!

Would you like to be an engineer? 
Getting into an engineering school requires hard work and dedication while you are in high school, in addition to prerequisite courses.  These are a series of required courses to take while in high school in order to be considered for admission to an engineering program at university.  Find out more from Aboriginal Access to Engineering, preparing for university while still in high school.

Conferences and Events

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

February 3-5, 2014
Toronto, ON

Education Conference, Manitoba
Sustaining our Ways - Connections to the Land
Aboriginal Circle of Educators

February 6-7, 2014
Winnipeg, MB

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

Soaring Youth Career Conference

March 20, 2014
Winnipeg, MB
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