North Flats Neigh­bour­hood As­so­ci­a­tion giv­ing area kids a safe haven

Medicine Hat News - - FRONT PAGE - TIM KALI­NOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­col­lege.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

Medicine Hat Col­lege third-year ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents had an op­por­tu­nity to get some prac­ti­cal teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as they shared their pas­sions in 40-minute mini-ses­sions with Southview Com­mu­nity School dur­ing Fri­day’s “Pas­sion Day.”

“We have got ev­ery­thing here to­day from wood­fire pizza mak­ing, to ro­bot­ics, to frac­tured fairy tales, to home­made ice cream,” said MHC ed­u­ca­tion in­struc­tor Ja­son McClus­ter. “It is just amaz­ing the things our stu­dents wanted to teach, and it sounds like the Southview stu­dents are re­ally ex­cited about it.”

Southview prin­ci­pal Todd Sa­muel­son said Pas­sion Day was a win/win for both MHC pre­sen­ters, who get prac­tice teach­ing ele­men­tary schoolaged kids, and his stu­dents, who chose from a list of po­ten­tial pas­sion projects sub­mit­ted by the col­lege as to what they per­son­ally were most in­ter­ested in learn­ing about.

“For our stu­dents it pro­vides them with an op­por­tu­nity to learn about things they wouldn’t learn in a reg­u­lar class­room set­ting,” said Sa­muel­son. “There is a lot of cre­ative and fun ideas. This will also tie in with what our teach­ers are go­ing to do when the stu­dents cre­ate their own pas­sion lessons day later this year.”

Grade 5 stu­dent Tyson Miller was en­grossed in MHC’s ro­bot­ics’ pro­gram­ming ses­sion.

“I have never worked with ro­bots be­fore so I am re­ally in­ter­ested to get into this les­son to­day,” he said. “It’s cool to be able to pro­gram them to do what you want.”

Across the hall class­mate Odessa Zadimer­sky said the scrap­book­ing ses­sion was more her style.

“I like to try to find some cool stuff to put in,” she ex­plained as she cut out an illustration of a cat for her scrap­book. “If you don’t want to draw you can see if there is some­thing in these books you can cut out.”

NEWS PHOTO EMMA BEN­NETT

Medicine Hat Col­lege stu­dent Hawa Ka­mara works on a scrap­book­ing project with Grade 6 stu­dent Mo­hammed Ouwer at Southview Com­mu­nity School. Third-year ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents were in­vited to the school to help ele­men­tary stu­dents learn about dif­fer­ent hob­bies, in­clud­ing bak­ing, ro­bot­ics, the­atre and sports.

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