The S.P.A.C.E. Program (Saskatoon Public AerospaCe Education) offers a hands-on approach to learning that is focused on students in grades 5-8. The SPACE Program is housed at City Park Collegiate. The two different parts to the SPACE Program are the robotics workshops and SPACE Club.
The Robotics Workshop is offered to all grade 6 classes in Saskatoon Public Schools and is an extension of the grade six science curriculum. Before coming to the workshop, students prepare in their classrooms by studying about the solar system and space exploration programs. While at the workshop students will work in teams to build and program Lego robots. During the workshop, students explore the complexities of robots not being on Earth and how they would be controlled and used in different environments. Building the robots is a very hands on and involved process, and being able to program and use the robots encourages students to problem solve.
Students who join the SPACE Club attend eight Saturday morning workshops where they study astronomy, robotics, model rocketry, space communication, and the challenges of living and working in space. The Club culminates with role playing simulations of two missions- one to the Space Station and the other to the Mars’ Base. Students need to use their problem solving skills to navigate these two missions. Students are very engaged during all of the club meetings.