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EcoQuest, ScienceTrek and Let's Lead offer unique experiences

February 18, 2016

EcoQuest News.jpgThree programs that give Grade 8 students an opportunity to engage in hand-on learning and unique out-of-classroom experiences are accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year.

Each year, the ScienceTrek, EcoQuest and Let’s Lead—Nīkānētān programs bring together students from throughout Saskatoon Public Schools’ elementary schools to build diverse classroom communities that focus on experience-based learning opportunities. The programs are open to any Saskatoon Public Schools’ student who will be in Grade 8 beginning in September 2016, however students must apply to be a part of the programs.

The EcoQuest program is based out of City Park School, but its mobile classroom approach to education allows students to experience everyday adventures while learning in urban and wilderness settings. Learning experiences are based on seasons, student ability and the focus of study, where the places visited by students become the teacher, and the experiences and personal relationships form the content. Ecoquest challenges students to strengthen their social and academic skills, and this intensive experience will most benefit students who thrive on actively participating in the world around them. EcoQuest  applications are due April 8.

The ScienceTrek program combines hands-on science opportunities with outdoor pursuits to create an exciting learning environment. Based at Montgomery School, ScienceTrek is a field-based science program created to inspire Grade 8 students to grow academically, socially, personally and culturally. Students make their own trek to attend this program which blends hands-on science activities with outdoor excursions. Students in the program share an interest and passion for science and will have opportunities to work with science professionals and experts within the scientific community.

All Grade 7 classrooms will be visited by the program in early March and a ScienceTrek open house is scheduled for Monday, March 21, 7 p.m. at Montgomery School. Applications are due April 8.

Through experiential education, students in Let’s Lead—Nīkānētān plan for their future by developing leadership and teamwork skills in a culturally responsive way, thereby enriching their lives and our community. Based at Westmount Community School, Let’s Lead—Nīkānētān is a full-year program for students who want to spend their entire year learning the curriculum through hands-on, out-of-school experiences while building their leadership and teamwork skills. The program is particularly geared toward students who have leadership potential, but who may not have been able to realize or develop it due to financial barriers.

All Grade 7 classrooms in Saskatoon Public Schools will be visited during April by Let’s Lead – Nīkānētān staff to answer questions and explain the program in detail.  A family information evening will be held at Westmount Community School on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Applications are due May 6.

More information on ScienceTrek, Let’s Lead—Nīkānētān and EcoQuest and other unique learning opportunities in Saskatoon Public Schools in available in our Unique Programs Handbook.