The Fort McMurray Public School District is receiving a provincial award for their technology department.
The ‘Technology and Trades Academy’ won the Alberta School Boards Association 2017 School Board Innovation and Excellence.
Students are given a chance to learn about pre-engineering fields such as coding, engineering design/ construction, and robotics. They also get a chance to learn more about digital fields such as photography, image manipulation, audio/video editing and movie production.
“The objective of the Academy is to empower students with 21st century skills, which they can leverage in their existing classes and to enhance and inspire them to continue looking at future careers that will focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math),” said Ali Syed, Director of Technology, FMPSD.
The program started back in 2015 with just 120 students at Dr. K. A. Clark Elementary Public School and Walter and Gladys Hill Public School.
Nowadays, students in grades 4-9 across 10 schools in the district are now a part of the academy.
It has already branched off to high school with Composite starting their own program.
Members of the FMPSD were handed the award at the ASBA’s Awards Evening in Edmonton.