MOSAiC themed hands-on activities in Native community high schools and talks
In order to expose Canadian Native community high schools students to science career options, Alex is providing MOSAiC themed hands-on activities. While native students are living where important resources are spent to study the Arctic, they know those environments and could be doing that kind of work as a fulfilling career.
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During his Cambridge Bay field campaign next April, Alex will use dedicated time to outreach activities with the local Native community high school, the Kiilinik High School. Alex already has experience with similar outreach projects in the past: Last year, he visited the Inuvik high school in March for hands-on activities around snow science. For this year, Alex will focus his activities around the MOSAiC expedition. The activities with the high school students will involve a short presentation where he will present the MOSAiC expedition, followed by hands-on outdoor activities where they will use the same instruments we use in Arctic expedition to collect data. Those activities will include snow measurements (snowpit with density, temperature and stratigraphy, magnaprobe and SMP) and analysis of an ice core which he will bring back from the nearby sea ice. The focus of those activities will be to expose Native children to well-paid and fulfilling job opportunities that are available to them. The take-home message: We are spending a lot of money to study your environment. You are already here, you could be doing it for a living.
Alex also presented MOSAiC at the Centre for Northern Studies Symposium (Talk and Poster) on 13-14 Feb. 2020, and gave a series of three general science talks: The first two were at the Université de Sherbrooke (17 Feb. 2020) and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (19 Feb. 2020) and addressed to a wide academic public audience mostly coming from the university community. The focus was on the science of the MOSAiC expedition. The third talked was addressed to pre-university students at the Cégep de Sherbrooke on 21 Feb. 2020 and focused on career opportunities in science for Quebec’s student.
Alex presenting at the Université de Sherbrooke on February 17th, 2020.