NWMO Funding Helps Manitouwadge Students Build for the Future
This spring, students and staff at all four Manitouwadge schools are building for the future, literally.
The schools are participants in the NWMO's Early Investments in Education and Skills program, which is led by the Manitouwadge Nuclear Waste Community Liaison Committee. The program provided funding to purchase robotics kits that will support continued growth and learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in their classrooms.
The Manitouwadge School Coding Club is also experimenting with the Cubelet Robots through a series of weekly challenges. Students are tasked with building a robot with specific qualities, and journalling their learning following the challenge.
Students are also exploring the Vex Robot kits; building robot models that complete a series of tasks. They will conduct similar activities with their new Lego Storms kit.
“The NWMO support has also provided the opportunity for collaboration and learning with students from all four schools in our community,” says Rachelle Horner, Tech Champion for the schools. “This spring we will be hosting a special Learn and Share Coding and Robotics Day where students from all four schools will be displaying their efforts and demonstrate their learning to the larger student audience.”
Horner went on to say the NWMO’s contribution “has provided a great deal of new and valuable learning experiences for our students.”
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.