Denise Currie’s class at South Nelson School won the Kootenay Contraption Contest in 2019. Photo: Submitted

Denise Currie’s class at South Nelson School won the Kootenay Contraption Contest in 2019. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay Contraption Contest challenges students, educators

Education is this year’s contest theme

submitted by Kootenay Association for Science and Technology

A global pandemic has changed life as we know it and students are navigating the world of learning in unprecedented conditions. Because of our new reality, it felt natural for KAST (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology) and its youth program, GLOWS, to seek the expertise from students and educators for this year’s Kootenay Contraption Contest.

Until Nov. 26, students and educators are invited to solve the real world problems they are facing at school or home school right now by using science and technology.

The theme of the 2020 Kootenay Contraption contest is education. GLOWS challenges individual students and entire classes to come up with the most creative, imaginative contraption they can dream up to solve the below challenge:

Think about a challenge you’re facing at school or homeschool. Create a contraption using STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) to overcome this problem so that students/educators of the future won’t have the same challenge.

Elementary and middle school students across the Kootenays are adjusting to COVID-19 student life in the very resilient and adaptable nature we expect from Generation Alpha. This generation is considered to be the most technological-infused demographic to date — there is no doubt with these tech savvy kids comes innovation.

There is a powerful opportunity through STEAM to elevate children’s voices and give them the space to create products of their limitless imaginations.

“The very nature of a contraption is inherently STEAM,” said Blair Weston, manager of community and aboriginal relations at FortisBC and the contest sponsor. “By asking youth in our region to work out a challenge they’re experiencing by conceptualizing a contraption, we simultaneously introduce problem solving, critical thinking, design thinking, innovation through creativity and a work plan very similar to what STEAM professionals at FortisBC and beyond, do nearly everyday.”

It was Weston who suggested the newest element of the annual Kootenay Contraption Contest: The Educator’s Edition.

“The role of educators has been significantly impacted by the global pandemic,” said Tanya Malcolm, GLOWS program manager. “Teachers and homeschooling parents are not only adapting their methods in a new and unique world of learning, they are creating innovative strategies, acquiring progressive skills and forging a new pathway for learning during these uncertain times.”

With a combination of both student and educator entries, KAST’s youth program coordinators expect the contributions to be more innovative than ever before.

To learn more or enter the 2020 Kootenay Contraption Contest, visit www.kast.com/kcc.

castlegar

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Fruitvale woman charged with impaired driving in 2019 crash that killed 2 teens

A 15-year-old boy and 18-year-old woman, both from Fruitvale, died in the crash that sent the vehicle into the river

Masks are now officially mandatory in all City of Campbell River facilities. (Black Press File Photo)
Interior Health reports 49 new COVID-19 cases overnight

302 cases remain active; two in hospital

CMHA players can’t travel outside of their community to play games until at least next month. Photo: File photo
Castlegar Minor Hockey Association pauses game play following new COVID-19 health protocols

The association currently can’t play teams outside of their community

Downtown Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline
Appointments made to Castlegar’s housing and advisory committees

Fourteen people have been appointed to serve on the housing committee.

L-R: Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel, grocery manager Erin Morrison, and security guard Akshay Sharma. The Kootenay Co-op has hired a security company to protect staff from abusive customers who don’t wish to wear masks. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Mask acceptance varies between different business outlets in Nelson

A small percentage of shoppers have tried flouting the rule, and Kootenay Co-op has hired a security guard.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Pixabay.com)
Man, 28, warned by Kootenay police to stop asking people to marry him

A woman initially reported the incident to police before they discovered others had been popped the question

Winston Blackmore (left) and James Oler (right) were sentenced on separate charges of polygamy this week in Cranbrook Supreme Court.
No more charges expected in Bountiful investigation, special prosecutor says

Special prosecutor says mandate has ended following review of evidence from Bountiful investigations

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

(Pixabay)
All dance studios, other indoor group fitness facilities must close amid updated COVID-19 rules

Prior announcement had said everything except spin, HIIT and hot yoga could remain open

Most Read