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ODR Hockey Heroes: game development beyond the city limits

ODR Hockey Heroes: game development beyond the city limits

Post published:February 1, 2024

Cheers and chants echoed through the Makerspace as attendees of the ODR Hockey Heroes playtest tried their hands at the arcade hockey video game developed by Treewood Studio. Whether they were tipping the puck into the back of the net or dropping gloves in a spirited bout of fisticuffs, there was no shortage of excitement in the space.

A makerspace student holding and looking at a micro:bit.

The Mega Impact of the Micro:bit

Post published:January 16, 2024

Coding can seem abstract, but the 9000 micro:bits recently received by Pinnguaq through a partnership with Digital Moment will be used to bring coding into the real world, and to help learners see and realize their own power and potential. 

Pinnguaq partners with DIGITAL for three skill-building programs

Pinnguaq partners with DIGITAL for three skill-building programs

Post published:January 9, 2024

Pinnguaq is thrilled to announce our participation as a delivery and education partner in three new projects in partnership with DIGITAL, Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for digital technologies. All three projects focus on strengthening digital skills in rural, remote, Indigenous and other equity-deserving communities.

Two hands holding a micro:bit.

Take Me Outside, Let’s Learn on the Land

Post published:December 13, 2023

It’s one thing to read about the changing of the seasons, it’s quite another to feel the crisp air, see the frost and smell the fallen leaves. As informative as books and screens can be, nothing beats learning about the science of the natural world immersed in the natural world.

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Breaking ground at Lindsay’s new STEAM hub

Post published:November 22, 2023

Passersby may notice some activity at the former public works building on Peel Street in Lindsay as construction crews transform the space into a world-class STEAM education, entrepreneurship and community hub operated by Pinnguaq Association. 

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How Online Learning Became My Reality

Post published:October 24, 2023

Julia Young created an online safety podcast for teens called Harnessing the Benefits: The Digital World and was surprised to learn just how advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is nowadays, and the ways in which online education and digital safety are constantly growing.

Educator and learner with robots in the Makerspace

Social Robots for Social Skills

Post published:October 24, 2023

For many students, bullying is and always has been a part of school life. The rise of social media has only made matters worse. According to the 2019 Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth, that year, 71 per cent of kids aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one form of bullying, while 25 per cent reported being cyberbullied. 

Team Saints compete in their classroom for CyberTitan III in 2020

Cybersecurity Skills in the Classroom

Post published:October 24, 2023

In the last year, there have been countless cyberattacks, ranging from service disruptions to critical data breaches, and the risks continue to escalate. As students spend more time online, it is crucial that they are aware of present dangers and how to protect themselves.  

The Web: Keeping Kids from Getting Entangled

The Web: Keeping Kids from Getting Entangled

Post published:October 24, 2023

Back in 1991, the World Wide Web was new, exciting, and fairly limited in use compared to today. But more than 30 years later, the Web has evolved, guided by the age of the internet and artificial intelligence (AI). Nowadays, there is much more we can do with a wi-fi connection than ever before, but there are also more dangers to watch out for, especially for younger users. Learning to be safe online is just as important as it is offline.

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Pay No Attention to the Human Who Wrote This

Post published:October 24, 2023

At the time of this writing, artificial intelligence (AI) is basking in the glow of an enormous spotlight. Initially seen as a concept of science fiction, AI—the simulation of human intelligence by machines—has come to mesmerize people all over the world. Millions of people are using AI software programs to help problem-solve, create content, or just have a conversation.

Participants and organizers at the Kawartha Lakes Pinnguaq Hackathon

A Conversation on Coding

Post published:October 24, 2023

Voice Technology for high school students. In teams of two, 12 students competed at the Lindsay Makerspace over two-and-a-half days of intense learning, hacking, and presentation. For this hackathon, the goal was to come up with an idea for a new Alexa skill and code it using the beginner-friendly MIT App Inventor platform. Every participant left with an Alexa to continue their coding initiatives post-hackathon.

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Transforming through Tech

Post published:October 24, 2023

When Aidan Pine was in the first year of his linguistics degree at the University of British Columbia, he wanted to get experience working with language revitalization outside his coursework. He joined a research project, working with speakers to create a dictionary for the Gitksan language, spoken by the Gitksan Nation of British Columbia, which the researchers hoped ultimately to make into an app.

What Winning $400,000 Meant For Us

What Winning $400,000 Meant For Us

Post published:October 6, 2023

In 2016, Pinnguaq’s te(a)ch program was given some truly incredible help  – it was awarded an Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP), to the tune of $400,000. te(a)ch was the name for our in-community delivery program (AKA: Code Club or what you may now know as our Makerspace or Community Workshops). 

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STEAM-Powered Renovations

Post published:August 10, 2023

By purchasing the building at 12 Peel Street, in the Kawartha Lakes, Pinnguaq has tripled its facilities, and created a new hub for science, technology, art and math activities catering to educators, students, and creators alike. But first some renovations are required! 

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Three Nunavummiut Awarded 2023 Danielle Moore Scholarship

Post published:July 21, 2023

The Pinnguaq Association, in partnership with the Moore family, is pleased to announce that three Nunavut residents have been awarded the 2023 Danielle Moore Scholarship, and will each receive $2,000 in financial support towards their ongoing education.

Lifecycle Superstar – Caitie Blumsom

Lifecycle Superstar – Caitie Blumsom

Post published:July 20, 2023

Caitie grew up in the Nbisiing (Nipissing) area and has had a life-long passion for working with/facilitating meaningful learning experiences for youth. She attended Trent University in 2017 for a BAH in Indigenous Studies, then, in 2021 she moved back home to complete her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University, incorporating Land as a teacher whenever possible.

STEAM Engines Run on Books

STEAM Engines Run on Books

Post published:April 25, 2023

Science, math, and art are all around us! From animals to technology, there’s a lot for students to get excited about. STEAM education has been shown to have many benefits, from enhancing problem-solving skills to encouraging teamwork.

The nehiyaw syllabics for the programming act of smudging in acimow/Cree#

Cree Coding

Post published:April 25, 2023

Colonial constructions—which include programming languages, like Javascript, Python, and HTML—continue to prioritize the interests of Western cultures while disregarding the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous Peoples.