Actua summer camps return to Nunavut

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Actua is back in Nunavut for the summer, delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camps to children across the territory.

Actua is holding the camps in 22 communities through-out the summer.

Last year, Iglulik campers Robert Kappianaq, left, Beverly Amaaq and Evelyn Eve Qauraq were led by Actua instructor Fatima Awan, who was herself a participant at the science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp in her home community of Iglulik years before.
photo courtesy Actua

“Actua’s week-long STEM camps will offer hands-on, community based activities that build youth skills and confidence in STEM. The goal is to have participants recognize how these skills can be used at school, in their community, and can further translate into a career,” according to the news release.

“Each camp will start with exploring ocean monitoring, environmental management and biodiversity in our ocean systems. Using Sphero robots, youth will explore GPS systems and the role this technology plays in caribou migration and the factors that impact their journey. They’ll then take to the skies and explore satellite technologies by learning about data collection and GPS technologies.”

Camper Andrew Palangayak, instructor Mackenzie Golding and camper Trish Pullat build a working model of the digestive tract using nylons in Gjoa Haven in June 2018.
photo courtesy Actua

The list of activities is long, including learning about health care, geology and music.

“Another activity will help youth make connections between science and their community during a community mapping project. Throughout the week, participants will highlight places of cultural significance, different careers in the community and places they’ve experienced STEM,” states Actua.

Camps are led by undergraduate students from across Canada who have experience and knowledge in engineering, computer science, education, biomedical science, Indigenous studies, physics, and chemistry.

“The programming includes customized content that showcases Northern science, traditional knowledge and Northern economic development opportunities,” states the STEM organization.

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Actua community schedule:

  • Arctic Bay: July 8 – 12
  • Baker Lake: July 1 -5
  • Cambridge Bay: August 12 – 16
  • Cape Dorset: August 5-9
  • Chesterfield Inlet: July 8-12
  • Clyde River: July 8-12
  • Coral Harbour: July 15-19
  • Gjoa Haven: July 22-26
  • Grise Fiord: July 1-4
  • Hall Beach: June 24-28
  • Iglulik: July 15-19
  • Iqaluit NRI: July 22-26
  • Iqaluit Rec Camp: July 2-5
  • Iqaluit Sprouts: August 12-16
  • Kimmirut: August 12-16
  • Kugaaruk: July 29 – August 2
  • Kugluktuk: August 5-9
  • Naujaat: June 24-28
  • Pangnirtung: July 15-19
  • Pond Inlet: July 22-26
  • Qikiqtarjuaq: July 29 -August2
  • Rankin Inlet: July 22-26
  • Resolute Bay: June 24-27
  • Taloyoak: June 24-28