Pearson board unveils new technology centre
The Lester B. Pearson School Board is making technology more accessible to students at all of its elementary and high schools, including the many in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges county, with the creation of a state-of-the-art Innovation Centre. The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), situated in the board’s Pearson Electrotechnology Centre in Lachine, has become a place to where teachers can bring their students to learn about all things science and technology. The centre boats the latest equipment – robotics equipment, sensors for iPads and digital microscopes, for example – and will be used for teacher professional development, as well as hosting visiting students. The equipment can also be loaned to schools for use in science and technology classes. The tools will be put to use in learning activities and situations, as well as in laboratory experiments promoting the understanding of key concepts in science and technology.
Katherine Davey, LBPSB educational consultant in secondary science and technology, says the end goal is to promote success in science based fields. “The use of these tools will spark a student’s curiosity in science and technology and engage students and teachers in their learning,” she explained.
Nancy Battet, LBPSB Community and Partner Liaison, said the STEM initiative is an extension of the board’s popular John Scholefield Space and Technology Days, which has been held in SaintLazare for the past several years.
In addition to the resources available at the new Innovation Centre, elementary students will be able to take part in RoboDuo robotic challenges and high school students will be able to show off their projects at a Science and Technology showcase in May.