The presentation will explore Anishinaabe people in the early period where we look at their language, culture, history, innovations and inventions that include: science, technology, engineering and math. The Ojibwe used STEM to construct canoes, snowshoes and lacrosse sticks. There will be a brief discussion on Wampum Belts as hypertext (HTML). These innovations have been adapted over the years but are used in a modern context. In recent years, Ojibwe students have been involved in robotics and have excelled in this area. The Wikwemikong High School Robotics Team recently represented our region at the World Robotics Competition in Detroit, Michigan. Furthermore, we will look at Aaron Yazzie, a Indigenous engineer and his role as a NASA mechanical engineer where he works at a Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He was recently involved with NASA’s Rover landing on Mars. This presentation will explore why it is important to include Indigenous stories in the historical narrative and that inclusion is critical for student success to move forward in meaningful ways.
The event was made possible with funding from the Curriculum Theory Project : https://curriculumtheoryproject.ca/co-curricular-making/