Root & STEM is a free print and online STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) resource to support K–12 educators in teaching digital skills. Each issue features articles, activities, and lesson plans with a specific focus on STEAM education through creativity. Root & STEM provides a holistic approach to education, merging heart and head while pushing the boundaries for how Canada thinks about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Our goal is to provide a platform for more diverse STEAM stories and resources to be shared, with the hope that educators will see the unique needs of their communities and classrooms reflected.

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Root & STEM: Issue 8

Root & STEM: Issue 8

AI Amplified: Staying Cybersafe
October 24, 2023

This issue of Root & STEM sparks compelling questions, stories, and lessons at the intersections of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, machine learning, and online safety. Based on research funded by the Ontario Principals Council, we take an in-depth look at the new reality that AI technology is creating and open a discussion around how we can use this technology to create a better—and safer—world.

Root & STEM: Issue 7

Root & STEM: Issue 7

Language and Literacy
April 25, 2023

This issue of Root & STEM explores stories and lessons at the intersections of language, literacy, science, and technology. A collaboration with Ilitaqsiniq, the publication celebrates culturally relevant pedagogies and innovative approaches to bridging STEAM knowledge with language and literacy education.

Root & STEM: Issue 6

Root & STEM: Issue 6

Ocean Conservation
October 25, 2022

This issue of Root & STEM focuses on ocean conservation and the role communities play in successful and significant ocean conservation practices. In each article, we see examples of the ways in which communities and everyday citizens play a critical role in ocean conservation advocacy, data collection, and marine mapping.

Root & STEM: Issue 5

Root & STEM: Issue 5

May 5, 2022

This issue of Root & STEM explores the sky and stars above us and the scientific perspectives behind space exploration. From thinking about life in our galaxy with an Indigenous lens to exploring the different perspectives of the sky and stellar knowledge, this issue asks students to understand their connection to the universe and how it can impact human life.

Root & STEM: Issue 4

Root & STEM: Issue 4

Artificial Intelligence
November 5, 2021

This issue of Root & STEM explores how AI is powering profound changes in education, art, and environmental protection. From the ways AI is used in industry, how it has changed learning and creativity, and how it is helping scientists understand and catalogue whale calls, this issue asks what kind of world AI is creating and discusses the need for responsibility and ethics in its applications and outcomes.

Root & STEM: Issue 3

Root & STEM: Issue 3

Gaming
April 5, 2021

The third issue of Root & STEM explores the role games play in our lives. What do games teach us about the world around us—and why does representation in gaming matter? These are the kinds of questions our guest contributors explore in this issue.

Root & STEM: Issue 2

Root & STEM: Issue 2

Health and Wellness
December 31, 2020

The second issue of Root & STEM features innovators whose projects are challenging established ideas about the role technology plays in keeping us healthy. Our communities are filled with those who inspire us to use technology in new and meaningful ways.

Root & STEM: Issue 1

Root & STEM: Issue 1

Climate Change
April 5, 2020

In the debut issue of Root & STEM, we look at how technology and tradition are being combined in the fight against climate change. Learn about hunters collaborating with data scientists, teens in Tuktoyaktyuk telling their own story on film, and more.


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Pinnguaq values diverse approaches to STEAM education. If you have a story to pitch around innovative examples of STEAM in your community, or would like to be considered to develop a lesson plan, we would love to hear from you. Please send your ideas to steam@pinnguaq.com.