The Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre’s annual Indigenous Summer STEAM Camp wrapped up its final science activities this past Friday.
The camp, designed for students from Grades 1 – 6, encourages children to participate in a wide range of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics activities while incorporating Indigenous knowledge, languages, and culture.
Angeline Nelson, Director of Community Learning and Engagement at Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, says the goal of the camp is to inspire and reinforce the dreams of the students.
“One of our goals is for kids to see themselves as scientists, digital artists, computer scientists, engineers, or future leaders in any area, and for that to begin from a young age. Having so many opportunities in multiple areas of STEAM, they can see their own abilities and begin to really feel comfortable because of these experiences,” said Nelson. “They also get to see so many facilitators, leaders, teachers, and staff that reflect who they are, and as a team, we always hear just how impactful that is for them.”
This year, the camp almost quadrupled in size, welcoming 197 students from across the city to campus.