Pear­son board un­veils new tech­no­lo­gy centre

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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.

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