The Construction Foundation of BC’s Skills Ready initiative held Professional Day workshops this past week with School District No. 78 (Fraser Cascades). Director of Project Operations René Ragetli introduced small groups of educators to trades-related activities that can benefit their classrooms.
Two sessions were developed to encourage teachers to try additional hands-on activities in their classrooms and help them expand the Applied Design Skills and Technology (ADST) curriculum.
The morning session included seven teachers who were shown how to run a spaghetti bridge building activity in their classrooms. The afternoon session saw an additional 10 teachers learning techniques to help their students explore basic woodworking through a wooden iPad holder project. Both projects used in the workshops are also available to view and download through the Skills Ready Projects portal: https://projects.skillsready.ca/
“It was encouraging to see so many educators signing up for these workshops,” said Ragetli. “I believe everyone walked away with some new ideas and knowledge that will help them expand ADST concepts in the classroom.”
Skills Ready empowers young people as they explore and prepare for jobs in the skilled trades and technologies. Through the Skills Ready initiative, we are able to bridge the gap between industry and the next generation of skilled professionals. By bringing industry members to the classroom via presentations and showcase events, youth are able to begin building their professional networks while still in school.
Learn more about Skills Ready by visiting www.skillsready.ca.