By Eric Lee — Posted on October 24, 2017
Sky Water Earth, a project by the ETS office, was launched to help guide youth with an interest in science to develop career-valued competencies. Those who sign up to be a learner participate in learning playlists that help them build competencies outlined by the National Research Council Canada (NRC), some of which overlap with the BC Curriculum Core Competencies. Upon completion of a learning playlist, learners earn XP points which can be redeemed for valuable Real-World Opportunities. These Real-World Opportunities range from behind the scenes learning experiences at the Vancouver Aquarium to hanging out with UBC instructors.
Sky Water Earth was one of the exhibitors at the PSA Super Conference, a celebration of the BC Teachers’ Federations'(BCTF) hundredth year. With 6000 educators in attendance at the conference, the Sky Water Earth booth was booming with activity. Attendees were drawn in by ETS’ lively tennis ball voting booth asking them which Sky Water Earth competency they believed was the most important for a career in sciences. Among Sky Water Earth’s four competencies, Creative Thinking was voted most important, Communication came second, Self-Development came third, and Networking finished fourth. ETS also held a door prize draw with two lucky winners either taking home a family package to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre or a trip for two to the Vancouver Aquarium After-Hours Halloween Night. Those who wanted to participate in our draw had to complete a short playlist made exclusively for the PSA Super Conference.
The conference ultimately was an excellent success for Sky Water Earth; over sixty attendees signed themselves up to learn more about being a Sky Water Earth educator. With such a large outreach at this conference, Sky Water Earth is looking to further expand by targeting different education levels or subject areas. It was an honour for ETS to take part in BCTF’s centennial celebration. We hope the attendees enjoyed our booth as much as we did hosting it.