APEGA STEMester Program
UPDATE: Due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 quarantine, exceptionally low oil prices affecting many APEGA members, and an uncertain timeline for a return to normal operations, APEGA’s executive team has made the difficult decision to cancel STEMester 2020.
Parkland School Division is partnering with The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to offer an exciting new opportunity for Grade 10 students called STEMester. STEMester is an exciting one semester program which heightens the learning experience of Grade 10 students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This semester-long program will connect students with professional engineers and geoscientists working in their industries. Students will explore a variety of fascinating careers by visiting industry workplaces, maker spaces, and postsecondary institutions. Students will finish the semester by designing a project which helps the greater community.
This unique opportunity takes students beyond traditional classroom learning and better prepares them for their future careers by completing hands-on projects, and participating in real-world problem solving and industry-inspired workshops while learning Alberta Education high school curricula.
STEMester is available to all interested Grade 10 Parkland School Division students regardless of where they are attending. STEMester will be hosted out of Memorial Composite High School during the first semester. Upon completing STEMester, students return to their designated school for the second semester.
STEMester Course Credit
Students who complete STEMester can obtain 20+ credits in the following courses:
- Math 10C (5 credits)
- Science 10 (5 credits)
- Design Thinking (3 credits)
- Health Care Services 3000 - Workplace Safety Systems (1 credit)
- Health Care Services 3010 – Workplace Safety Practices (1 credit)
- PRS 1010/1020/1050 - Geology (5 credits total)
- Two additional Career and Technology Studies course credits, dependent on the industry partners in our school’s area
The STEMester School Day
- Students will arrive at school each day and go to their designated STEMester classroom.
- Days will consist of a mixture of in-class time or field trips and site visits. When students are in class, they will be completing projects based on what they learned during field trips or will be introduced to new concepts that relate to future out-of-classroom activities connected to the curricula outlined above.
- Students will return to their school for regular pickup time.
STEMester Field Trips & Site Visits
Most field trips will be scheduled within regular school hours. There will be a few overnight field trips when students will travel via bus to important educational sites (e.g., oil sands, significant geological features in Alberta) within the province. These overnight trips will be communicated far in advance.
Students are encouraged to attend all scheduled field trips as STEMester is designed so students gain knowledge and experience directly from industry experts. If a student is unable to attend one of these off-site experiences, the teacher will provide resources for the student to learn the same concepts independently.
Grading Student Work
STEMester gives students flexibility in how they demonstrate their learning. Each week will begin with an overview of the course content students will learn, mapped directly to any field trips or site visits scheduled. Students will be responsible - through self-assessment, peer-assessment, and communicating with their teacher - for monitoring their understanding and demonstrating their mastery of the curricular concepts.
Students will finish the semester with a final project that uses the knowledge gained during STEMester to solve a real-world problem. The project theme, scope, and delivery will be driven by student interest. The teacher and APEGA staff will be involved in helping students plan and schedule their projects to ensure that they will be completed on time, and that they adequately reflect the students’ understanding of the curricula.
All students will finish STEMester with a numerical grade for each course, which will be clearly communicated to them prior to the semester’s end.
Interested in STEMester?
Feel free to contact Connections for Learning school office for more information, or to book an appointment to discuss the program.
What a Week of STEMester Might Look Like
Students in the Y(Our) Program at Parkland School Division's Connections for Learning were joined by students at Memorial Composite High School for a unique week-long learning opportunity thanks to a partnership with Elevate Aviation at the Edmonton International Airport.