Project 1: Construction Technology for Women Environment Sustainability Project

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Anne Dwyer - Construction Technology for Women Teacher
(andwyer@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

Jim Duffett - Science Department Head/Computer Support Person
(jduffett@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)

School: Queen Elizabeth Regional High School
P.O. Box 160
Foxtrap, Newfoundland
A0A 2J0
Tel: (709) 834-2081(2)
Fax: 834-7121
Grade Level: Level I - III
Number of Students: 43
Project Start and Finish Dates: January, 1998 to June, 1998

  Project Overview

"Construction Technology for Women" is a three-year pilot project designed to promote construction technology as a viable career path for 260 young women in Canada attending secondary school. Queen Elizabeth Regional High School (QERHS) is the only school from Atlantic Canada among the seven schools across the country participating in this innovative project.

At present, the CTW project is in its second year. The first class of the Level I course began in January 1997 and was completed in June 1997 with many of the girls partaking in their first internship during the summer of 1997. These 19 students will complete Level II of the course from January 1998 to June 1998.

This STELLAR School Project is intended to assist the young women in CTW in the completion of the academic portion of the Level II curriculum which requires the students:

- To examine the roles of climate and land formation in settlement development.
- To identify how service patterns develop and evolve in and between settlements.
- To examine how land use changes over time, while considering the impact of business, industry and commerce.

The STELLAR project will see the girls make use of their already existing web-site as well as the CTW national web-site with its student conference room. This will enable our students to communicate with others from the six sites across the country to examine the diversity of environmental sustainability in this nation. The students from the other sites, located in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario will provide the Newfoundland students with a wealth of information which will help the students to grasp the diversity of construction in Canada.

  Curriculum Connections

Construction Technology for Women 3225

The curriculum of the CTW Level II course is directly addressed by this project. Using online resources for research as well as online e-mail and conference sessions with their partners at the other six sites, the students will conduct a major research project on environmental sustainability.

Language 2101

Many of the CTW students are also enrolled in the research paper course which requires them to prepare several research papers on a variety of topics. Online resources will also assist them in this course.

  Intended Learning Outcomes

The intended learning outcomes for this project are specific to this pilot course. Upon completion of this project the student will be able to:

- Describe how physical land formations affect the development of communities.
- Describe how the climate affects settlement decisions.
- Assess the cost of community services.
- Compare and contrast transportation types for residential and commercial developments.
- Evaluate the human needs of residential, commercial, and inter-community developments.
- Discuss how land use has evolved and changed in communities across the country.

The Technology Education learning outcomes include:

- Development of web navigation skills through using Internet tools and utilities.
- Development of communication skills such as e-mail.
- Development of an understanding of HTML code as it relates to the creation of Web documents.

  Resource Connections

The students who will benefit from this project include all of the students enrolled in the CTW course. These students would not be able to complete the learning objectives for the CTW curriculum without access to the Internet. A small number of the students have access at home but at present, there is no access from school. Internet access throughout the school and to the computer purchased for this class would greatly facilitate the project.

  Evaluation

As the STELLAR project directly meets and facilitates existing goals for CTW 3225, a portion of the student summative evaluation will be assigned to the successful completion of the STELLAR Project.

Through an analysis of student achievement, observations, and project monitoring, the lead teacher will determine the effectiveness of the project. It is the strong belief of the lead teacher that this project will enhance both the knowledge base of the students involved and will also enhance their appreciation of modern communication techniques. The links and relationships created with students in other regions of Canada will enrich and reinforce the common threads that bind Canadians.

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