Embarking on a science odyssey in Hall Beach

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Students explored space and science during Odyssey Week at Arnaqjuaq School in Hall Beach last week.

From left, Steven Javagiaq, Lucy Javagiaq, and Actua instructor McKenzie Goulding at Arnaqjuaq School in Hall Beach. Actua is a charitable organization that promostes science, technology, engineering and math. photos courtesy of the Department of Education

With two visiting Actua instructors in the community to help celebrate Odyssey Week, the school was opened up to residents to experience some of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshops as well as the hands-on challenges relating to the theme of space.

Actua, a charitable group that raises the profile of STEM learning, has six teams of instructors visiting 23 Nunavut communities in May.

Young Marnie Akearok was one of the Arnaqjuaq School students who learned about the properties of ultraviolet light last week.
Student Kym Morgan and science teacher Danielle Huggins simulate the Canada Arm that is attached to the International Space Station. At Arnaqjuaq School, the “Canada Arm” was constructed out of cups and string and was used to pick up a rocket that was printed on a 3-D printer.
Actua instructor McKenzie Goulding and Peyton Javagiaq use a merge cube to look at 3-D images of the heart, brain, and lungs.
Samantha O’Brien, Nick Snider, Actua instructor McKenzie Goulding and student Scarlett OBrien-Brown pose for a photo.