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Call-Out For Contributors

Post published:November 1, 2022

Pinnguaq invites journalists, subject matter experts, knowledge keepers, and artists to submit pitches for our Spring 2023 Root & STEM magazine issue, focusing on Literacy + STEAM. We are pleased to collaborate with the Nunavut Literacy Council on this issue that explores how Literacy and STEAM intersect through diverse stories, lesson plans, and activities. 

Unlocking Tuna

Unlocking Tuna

Post published:October 20, 2022

Two hours after untying from downtown Halifax’s dark harbour, the Pelagic Predator—a white, 15-metre fishing vessel captained by 38-year-old Camille Jacquard—rumbled atop a patch of Atlantic Ocean called the Darby Bank.

Searching for Sea Stars

Searching for Sea Stars

Post published:October 20, 2022

On a rainy day in May, 55 Saturna Island residents took to the intertidal zone in search of sea stars. With rulers and guidebooks in hand, they noted the size, colour, and species of stars, all in the hopes that their observations might help researchers protect these iconic marine creatures.

Youth Marine Mapping in Arviat

Youth Marine Mapping in Arviat

Post published:October 20, 2022

The Aqqiumavvik Society is a community alliance of public, mental, and community health groups in Arviat, Nunavut. Aqqiumavvik practises a community-identified approach, ensuring that any program or service we develop is based on needs that have been identified by the community itself. 

Sustainable Fishing for 700 Generations

Sustainable Fishing for 700 Generations

Post published:October 20, 2022

For thousands of years, the Haíɫzaqv have been harvesting salmon and other food from the waters of the Pacific Central Coast. They consider it their responsibility to manage their land and ocean resources so that the next 10,000 years, or 700 generations, can continue to do the same.

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How to Use a GPS Device

Post published:October 20, 2022

Most of us have heard of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and have come to rely on it to get us from point A to point B. The use of GPS technology extends well beyond giving users basic directions.

Think Blue, Go Green

Think Blue, Go Green

Post published:October 20, 2022

Marine conservation efforts have been growing rapidly in North America over the past decade. In Canada, the commitment to protect the country’s land and oceans has risen from a goal of 10 per cent in 2020 to 30 per cent by 2030.

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Thinking About Life in Our Galaxy Through Indigenous Lenses

Post published:April 20, 2022

The night sky offers a majestic view, filled with millions of tiny lights, each from a distant star. Throughout our galaxy, there are billions of stars, each orbiting the centre of the galaxy, each emitting its own light and sharing its own story. As far as scientists can tell, our Sun is not a particularly special star, yet it is the only star we know of that hosts life. But, that view is changing.

Ininiw Acakosuk: The Cree Stars

Ininiw Acakosuk: The Cree Stars

Post published:April 20, 2022

All cultures on Nikawiy Aski (Mother Earth) have looked into the night sky with wonder and awe. Each culture has its own perspective of the sky and its own particular understanding of how that awesome sky connects to its world views. Different cultures have always looked to the sky to make connections, seek order, and pursue an understanding of identity.

Abby Lacson participating in a simulation, maneuvering the Canadarm 2 around the ISS through an assortment of screens

STEAM Around Us: Abby Lacson Profile

Post published:April 20, 2022

When Abby Lacson was in Grade 10, she knew she wanted to be an engineer. But it wasn’t until she went camping in the Rockies and saw the night sky, free from light pollution, that it finally clicked: she wanted to become an astronaut. Now, at 24, Lacson is a junior space operations engineer with MDA Space, the Canadian space technology company behind the Canadarm, a series of robotic arms used on the space shuttle.

The Mission Control Space Services Rover in motion on Mars, with a rocky background

Mission Control: Humans Are Going Back to the Moon

Post published:April 20, 2022

Humans are going back to the moon. Life on Earth is feeling its way out of its den. We first went to the moon in 1969. Twelve American men walked on the lunar surface and another four orbited Earth’s satellite over a series of nine missions. Many different countries—at last count, eight—and countless companies are planning new lunar missions and Canada is set to play a role in one of the first.

Space Seeds: The Tomatosphere™ Experiment

Post published:April 20, 2022

Tomatosphere is a free program that encourages students to investigate the effects of outer space on food to support human space travel. The program uses detailed experiments conducted on tomato plants. Students explore the differences between plant growth under stressed space conditions through various experiments available on the Tomatosphere website.

CanSats lined up on pavement, ready for launch! These CanSats were deployed from a helicopter in June 2021, at the conclusion of the inaugural competition

Build and Launch a Satellite

Post published:April 20, 2022

The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society (CSDCMS) has been managing a university-level “CubeSat” satellite competition for over 10 years, and has recently expanded to offer the CanSat Design Challenge to high school students.

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Pinnguaq’s 2021 Report

Post published:November 30, 2021

Pinnguaq is proud to share our 2020/2021 Annual Report, celebrating a year of change and growth for our organization. Over the year, our team dealt with the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic, seeking out innovative ways to continue delivering STEAM and digital skills learning, including bringing our learners into new virtual spaces.  As we … Continued