Fort St. John students get hands-on with tech and design career fair

Fort St. John elementary students filled the Pomeroy Sport Centre last week to get a taste of applied design and technical trades outside the classroom.

It was part of the School District 60’s first Xplorefest on Friday, June 14, giving Grade 5 and 6 students a chance to work with tools, experience firefighter training, and sharpen their artistic skills making everything from 3-D art to tinkering around with Rube Goldberg machines.

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It’s part of a new school curriculum focused on applied design skills and technology, said Brian Campbell, district principal for careers and international education.

“We’re exposing a lot of students to a lot of hands-on activities where they get to design, build,” Campbell said.

The event exposed students to numerous careers to extend learning outside the classroom, Campbell said, and will help set them up for the educational path they may want to pursue when they get to high school.

It was the first annual event, though Campbell expects XploreFest to continue.

“With the feedback we’re getting today, I think it’s going to be the first of many,” he said.

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Grade 5 Robert Ogilvie student Nick Mearow experiences confined space training at the Fort St. John Fire Department's station at Xplorefest, June 14, 2019. - Matt Preprost
Grade 6 Duncan Cran student Ava Sheikh practices her art skills with a 3-D pen at Xplorefest, June 14, 2019. - Matt Preprost
Grade 5 Taylor Elementary students Gilbert Hull and Avery McDowell make a wooden block keychain at XploreFest, June 14, 2019. - Matt Preprost
North Peace Secondary students Carl Berresheim and Jacob Van Volkenburg show their elementary peers how robotics work with the robots they built for the national Skills Canada competition, June 14, 2019. - Matt Preprost
Fort St. John RCMP Cst. Chad Neuestater gives students the low-down of being a police officer during XploreFest, June 14, 2019. - Matt Preprost
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