STEM, Health and Careers in the Arctic
We partnered with high schools in Nunavut to send tablets full of STEM, health and career training information to students in grades 9 and 10 so they can access great, free interactive resources without worrying about internet speed. Working with principals and teachers in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, we came up with a list of topics that are most needed. We are going beyond traditional education and including information on healthcare and career planning because they are such important topics and there is so much material on them available online. We don't want the youth in the Arctic to lose out on these resources just because their internet is slow!
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Powers with Integral BasesView
Order of OperationsView
Model and Solve Linear EquationsView
Math Support - Scientific NotationView
3D Geometry - Surface Area and VolumeView
Math Support - Factors: Prime Factors, Greatest Common Factors, Least Common Multiples, RootsView
Physical Education and FitnessView
Air and Water QualityView
Elements, Compounds, and Atomic TheoryView
Organic and Inorganic MaterialView
Acids and BasesView
Forms of EnergyView
Smoking's Impact on your HealthView
Intro to Earth and Space ScienceView
Electrical quantities and symbolsView
Electricity: Conductors and InsulatorsView
Vocational & Life Skills
WHMIS and SafetyView
Greenhouse Agriculture - BasicsView
About the ProjectCommunities in the Arctic are some of the most isolated places on earth. Most towns are located on islands and have to fly the majority of their supplies in on small planes. Books are lower on the priority scale than food, building materials, and medical supplies, and the low supply and high shipping cost make them expensive. And while there is Internet access in most towns, it is usually intermittent and the bandwidth extremely low, making it very difficult for people to watch videos on Youtube, browse the internet, load websites and download materials – things you need to do in order to access the many great learning and reading materials available online.
In early 2016, Rumie had the opportunity to visit a number of Canada's Arctic communities, meet school principals, community members, students, and teachers, and share some Rumie Tablets with them (read more about this trip on our blog).
Learning about the difficulties and inconveniences that come with trying to connect to the Internet (even loading one page was described as a time-consuming hassle), and seeing the positive responses towards our tablets and the content on them inspired us to launch a project in Arctic high schools.