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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.

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.

Earth rotating in space, majestic light shining from behind

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.

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.

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 19, 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.

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 19, 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.

yearly planner in middle of white table

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

Artificial Creativity: How AI Is Changing Cultural Jobs

Artificial Creativity: How AI Is Changing Cultural Jobs

Post published:November 5, 2021

There’s a lot of concern about how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation could soon replace people in jobs like truck-driving or proofreading. But in creative fields like art, music and dance, pioneers are experimenting with AI as a tool to expand the limits of creative possibility.

Two trucks.

Metal and Minds: Ethics in AI

Post published:November 5, 2021

One sector wherein the design and ethics of AI can literally mean life or death every day is mining—specifically, in the use of large mining haul trucks.

Hailey Bennett portrait.

Lifecycle Superstar – Hailey Bennett

Post published:November 1, 2021

What is a Lifecycle Superstar? Pinnguaq’s work is based on our Lifecycle model, and designed to engage learners at multiple stages in their personal growth and success.

A self portrait of Alyssa Amell

Lifecycle Superstar – Alyssa Amell

Post published:September 22, 2021

What is a Lifecycle Superstar? Pinnguaq’s work is based on our Lifecycle model, and designed to engage learners at multiple stages in their personal growth and success.