Students from Eugene Joseph School in Tachie explore electricity

Tl’azt’en Education held a highly successful Career Fair in Tachie on April 6.

  • May. 18, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Laurie Bizero

Tl’azt’en Education held a highly successful Career Fair in Tachie on April 6.

One of the partners that attended the event was Dale Nixon of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from Prince George.

At the end of the day, he offered to give a circuit board to the Education Manager, Laurie Bizero to give to the Grade 6 students at Eugene Joseph School upon their return from spring break.

Mr. Nixon also declined his honorarium and generously agreed to donate funds for curriculum materials related to electricity.

This is an innovative exploration of the new B.C. curriculum, which is in its pilot year, mandated for September, 2016.

Eugene Joseph School follows this curriculum and has spent numerous days working with it in staff development sessions.

This is a wonderful link between the Career Fair and the relevant science curriculum in the area of electricity.

Dale Nixon kindly agreed to travel back to Tachie on May 4 to meet with the students.

Chief Justa Monk of Tl’azt’en Nation was very pleased with Mr. Nixon’s enthusiasm for electricity and science in the Nation.

Education Manager, Laurie Bizero and Principal, Len Merriman have worked diligently to include community and regional partners in school programs.

Teacher Alex McQueen, participated fully in the planning of this event and its relationship to site-based learning in his classroom.

Students were thrilled to have an active exploration of electricity in their lives.

This was a wonderful opportunity to blend the new curriculum, community partnerships, Nation history, hands-on learning and shared ownership for education.

Perhaps at Career Fair 2017, more students will be considering a career as an electrician!