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.
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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