Sunday, 14 May 2017

Field Trip!

It was an action packed day on Monday for the grade 3, 4 and 5s!  Here are just a few of the things that we saw on our field trip!

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College

This was our first stop.  The students were divided into two groups and then toured through the centre by our two wonderful guides, Marcy Trotter and Jackie.  Students learned about many sustainable features of the building such as:
  • the fact that as many materials as possible were sourced locally
  • the use of beetle kill pine for base boards
  • much of the flooring was made from recycled rubber
  • all of the furniture was refurbished--the stools in the student study areas were originally from a casino!
  • geothermal heating
  • the use of Sola Light Tubes to light certain areas
  • the experimental natural lighting system
  • Fluorescent lighting that automatically adjusts brightness based on the natural light in the room
  • using untreated geothermal water for the toilets
  • motion sensitive lighting that only turns on when people are in an area
  • solar panels produce most of the building's electricity with excess feeding back into the grid
Students also got to tour the college's tiny home that was built by their students.  

Check out the images from this part of our trip below (link).

Structurlam South Plant, Okanagan Falls

The students had been learning about Tall Wood buildings, and they knew that Structurlam produces Cross Laminate Timber and Glulam and that they were involved in building the tallest contemporary wood building in the world; Brock Commons.  Brock Commons is an 18 story Tall Wood building on UBC's Vancouver campus.  This was our opportunity to see how the mass timbers are produced.  Stephen Tolnai, VP of Sales and Marketing, gave us a presentation and toured us around the plant.  Joshua Jenkinson, Safety Coordinator, and his capable crew kept us safe on the busy plant floor.  It was a thrilling experience!  As an added bonus, we found out that Structurlam provided the mass timbres for both of the other stops on our field trip--the Centre of Excellence as well as Outma Sqilx'W Cultural School.

Check out the images from our Structurlam tour below (link).

Outma Sqilx'W Cultural School and Snxastwilxtn Centre, Penticton Indian Band

Our last stop was the Outma Sqilx'W Cultural School and the adjacent Snxastwilxtn Healing Centre.  Penticton Indian Band Councilor Joseph Pierre and SD 67 Aboriginal Education Cultural Coordinator Anona Kampe gave us a tour of Outma Sqilx'W.  Joseph was on the planning committee for the school and shared his wealth of knowledge on the design and construction of the school.  Like the Centre of Excellence the school uses sustainable building practices including;
  • sourcing materials locally
  • using geothermal heat
  • taking advantage of natural light where possible
  • using beetle kill wood
The heart of the school, the cultural room is modeled on a traditional pit house.  The design is beautiful with a skylight at the top of the roof, similar to the roof opening in a pit house.  Outma Sqilx'W students learn the Okanagan language, Nsyilxen, and culture.  

From the school we walked over to Snxastwilxtn Centre.  The centre was named by Anona Kampe and it means a place for healing.  Anona and Tammy Kruger toured us through the centre, which provides medical, dental and other health services.  The facility is situated with one of the most beautiful views over Penticton.  Located on the grounds of the centre is a memorial to all the children who attended residential schools created by Penticton artist Clint George. 

Check out the images from this part of our trip below (link).

A big thank you to our hosts at each of the sites.  Thank you also to our wonderful chaperones; Terry McCartan, Jane Advent, Tannis Hiebert, Jacq Kemp, Laura Wong, Kristen Maier, Harjit Sidhu, and Julie Read.  It was a pleasure having you join us and I couldn't have done the trip without you.  Thank you also to our bus driver, Sheldine.

The upcoming week will be the last week of Gifted Program classes for all students in the program.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Challenges, Trips, & Projects Wrapping Up

Here are  a few of the things that we did... This Week In Gifted!

Field Trip Prep

On Monday, May 8th, the grade 3s, 4s and 5s will be coming together for our year end field trip.  Detailed information about the trip can be found in last week's post.  Thank you to everyone for returning the signed permission forms on time.  Also a big thank you to the parents and grandparents who have volunteered to chaperone on the trip!  As mentioned in the field trip information sent home, we will be meeting at Wiltse Elementary School bus zone (adjacent to the playground) at 8:45am and that is where pick up at will be at 2:30pm.  It promises to be an exciting day!

Final Schedule

Gifted Program Classes are winding down.  Here is the schedule for the rest of May:
- May 8th -- Field Trip
- May 9 - 11th -- classes cancelled (due to trip earlier in the week)
- May 16 - 18th -- Last Gifted Program Classes of the year
- End of May / beginning of June -- Year end Parent Meetings

Watercraft Challenge

It was a small class on Wednesday morning as many of the grade 5s were at the KVR orientation.  Did we mope--no we did not!  We did a design challenge.  The goal--build a watercraft that is capable of carrying 8 big metal washers without sinking using only duct tape, two 9oz paper cups, 10 straws and 20cm of plastic wrap.  A couple of students in the afternoon class, who had finished their projects, also took up the challenge.

Take a look below at the different crafts they created.  Four watercraft, four very different designs!  Maximum washers carried without sinking?  Katie aka "the Duct Tape Queen" built a craft that carried 36 washers without sinking, and almost carried 44!  Gerry's craft was able to transport 42 without sinking--amazing!  All of the students who took on the challenge did a great job designing and refining their watercraft.  Check out their work below (link).

Projects Wrapping Up

The Tuesday afternoon class all completed and presented their projects this week.  Oscar created an animated interview with Frank Lloyd Wright, programmed in Scratch.  Rhett made a 3D model and drawings of a small home on wheels.  Ezra shared his design for a castle as well some inspiring castles from around the world in a slideshow presentation.  Iain created an animation in Scratch sharing information he learned while researching the CN Tower.  More projects will be shared in the other classes on our last day.