Educational tool tailored to Northern communities launched

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Canada from Space giant floor map initiative

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut David Saint-Jacques and students at Inuksuk High School. (CNW Group/Canadian Space Agency)

LONGUEUIL, QC –  Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques was at Inuksuk High School, in Nunavut, on Monday to present a new educational activity as part of the Canada from Space giant floor map initiative. This activity is the first of a series of five geared towards northern communities.

The new activity is the result of collaboration between the CSA, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and teachers from northern communities. It reflects the realities and uniqueness of the North. Students will learn about space technology while gaining an understanding of the many uses of Earth Observation satellites, such as ice monitoring, resource management and navigation.

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said:”Through activities like the Canada from Space initiative, we hope to spark young Canadians’ interest in pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Through this activity, we are combining the uniqueness of the Northern identity and the subject of space to inspire the young people ofCanada’s North to become our next generation of engineers, scientists and astronauts.”

As we near the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government invites Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our heritage.

  • Starting November 2016, three maps and sets of activities will be touring classrooms in Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. Two of these maps and new activities will start touring in the Northwest Territories andYukon in 2017.
  • Since September 2014, the Canada from Space initiative has brought giant maps of Canada to approximately 16,000 students in Canadian classrooms. The maps are accompanied by activities designed to teach students how data obtained from Earth observation satellites play a role in their everyday lives.
  • Each of the maps is a mosaic of 121 images of Canada taken from space by Canada’s RADARSAT-2 satellite.
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