Hamilton campus opens Makerspace doors to teachers and students

The curious and creative minds of today’s teachers and students will be put to the test as Brock’s Hamilton campus hosts an event in its Makerspaces.Brock’s Instructional Resource Centre will welcome 40 kids and practising teachers from the Halton Catholic School Board Wednesday, Feb. 22.Makerspaces are arenas in which students and teachers can explore, learn and create, relying on the trial and error method and learning from the entire process, rather than just individual steps.The Makerspaces in Brock’s Instructional Resource Centre have an added program focus.“We’re different in the way that we are focusing on how our teacher education students can integrate it into their teaching and how they can use Makerspace and Maker mindset within their teaching and lesson planning,” says Shannon Welbourn, IRC Library and Media Supervisor at the Hamilton campus.Participants will focus on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication, which are all considered required skills of the future learner.While students will be making and exploring, teachers will be doing the same, but from a different perspective. IRC Manager Kim Pelchat said that’s a major goal of the Faculty of Education’s Makerspace.“The IRC at Brock University is at the forefront of offering this curriculum idea for student learning,” she said. “It’s providing students in the Faculty of Education with the resources to master the Makerspace concept.Pelchat said that, in addition to the exploration and play aspects of Makerspaces, there is growing research suggesting these activities are good for mental health, creative self-discovery and learning new hands-on skills.Wednesday’s event is the third in a series of Makerspace events hosted by the IRC. On Thursday, March 2, the St. Catharines campus will host 30 Early Childhood Education students for a session and on March 25, the Makerspace in Hamilton will host an event for teacher candidates. read more

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Garda helicopter and stinger device used in highspeed car chase

first_imgGARDAÍ IN WEST Dublin arrested five people in the early hours of this morning following a high-speed car chase.The operation targeting criminal activity in the Dublin region began at about 1.40am when a silver Ford Mondeo was spotted close to Newcastle. When gardaí attempted to stop the car, it was driven off at high speed in the Lucan direction.Assistance from the Garda Air Support Unit was requested as the vehicle drove westbound on the M4. The helicopter was able to relay the suspects’ location to units on the ground. Eventually, a stinger device was deployed and the Mondeo was stopped on the motorway, close to Kilcock. The device is used to puncture the tyres of the car, slowing it down.The two juveniles and three teenage males were detained and taken to Leixlip garda station. Three of the youths were charged today but released on bail until their next court appearance on 21 May. The two juveniles will be cautioned under the Juvenile Deferral System.Comments have been disabled as court proceedings have started. Investigation into abuse allegations against Waterford sports coachTwo arrested in overnight drug seizure in Dublinlast_img read more

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