Ingenium increases education outreach to Indigenous and remote communities across Canada

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New lesson plans to launch as part of the Connected North program

OTTAWA, ON, 7 January, 2020 – Incredible stories of science, aerospace, agriculture – and more! - have been made more easily accessible thanks to an immersive and educational knowledge-sharing platform. Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation - is taking part in Connected North, a leading-edge program that fosters student engagement and enhanced education outcomes in remote Indigenous communities.

Offering programming in both English and French, Ingenium is providing seven lessons to schools that are part of the Connected North network via two-way video conferencing. Ingenium’s three Museums – as well as its Sustainable Development Initiative – have developed exciting learning plans designed to engage youth to learn, explore, and discover.

Take a closer look at hidden worlds through a digital microscope, learn about the global impacts of climate change, discover what exists between the planets, and tour the barns of a working farm!

A sampling of lessons currently available include:

  • Meet the Small Farm Animals with the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
  • Between the Planets with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • Hidden Worlds: Under the Microscope with the Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Exploring Canada's Energy Future with Ingenium’s Sustainable Development Initiative
  • And more!

Connected North is a leading-edge program that delivers immersive and interactive education and healthcare services to remote Indigenous communities through high-definition, two-way video communication and collaboration technology. The Connected North network, operated by Canadian charity TakingITGlobal, serves over 12,000 students in schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon. The program is a breakthrough in Canada as a powerful means of using technology to reach remote communities and youth with opportunities and experiences otherwise unavailable to them, strengthening resilience and building success in school and in life.

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“We’re thrilled to be part of this exciting – and accessible - learning platform that brings engaging content into the classroom. We strive to inspire a new generation of innovators in all the work we do, and the opportunity to connect with youth through the Connected North program allows us to bring these incredible stories to life outside the four walls of our Museums.”
-Christina Tessier, President and CEO, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

“Connected North is proud to partner with Ingenium to increase the accessibility of engaging education for Indigenous students in remote communities. We are appreciative of Ingenium’s support and commitment to provide students with access to content that is engaging and innovative, with the hope of increasing feelings of empowerment in school and in life.”
- Michael Furdyk, Director of Innovation at TakingITGlobal.

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Contact
Christine Clouthier
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
cclouthier@ingeniumcanada.org
613-410-5943

Contact
Lauren Butler
Manager, Communications and Fundraising, Connected North
lauren@takingitglobal.org
416-977-9363 ext 324

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium celebrates the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently. Inspired by the power of ingenuity, Ingenium encompasses three national institutions: the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. These three museums are places where the past meets the future, with spaces where visitors can learn and explore, play and discover. Ingenium continues to evolve — the brand new Ingenium Centre houses Canada’s science and technology collection, a research institute, and a digital innovation lab, all designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come. Beyond the physical walls of its museums, Ingenium’s engaging digital content, outreach programs and travelling exhibitions serve to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.