First Nations (AB) Technical Services Advisory Group works with schools, community groups and youth groups to promote technical careers among our future leaders. Through hands-on learning activities and training, contests, presentations and outreach, and an annual youth camp, First Nations youth across Alberta explore several career options in science, technology and fire prevention.
As the next generation of leaders, young people make great environmental stewards. TSAG strives to help young people learn more about their environment and about the roles that they can take on to manage the land, water and air around them.
The environment team at TSAG focuses largely on one of our most precious resources: water. Protecting water from its source until it reaches your tap takes many people and provides many career opportunities. Wetlands, lakes and rivers provide many people in Alberta with drinking water, and provide habitat for many animals and plants, including many of Alberta’s species at risk. Once water reaches your community, proper treatment and awareness about water quality helps to keep everyone healthy.
Water protection starts in your own backyard! Students will get an introduction to watershed management, water monitoring techniques and invertebrate (bug) identification by visiting a local river, lake, or stream. Students in grades 8-12 can get outside and find out what it’s like to be an environmental scientist for a day!
These short presentations (1-1.5 hrs) are classroom friendly for grades 4-9. Using a watershed model, students will learn about water flow, pollution and drinking water treatment and testing. For older students (or younger students who are great listeners) we also discuss the importance of wetlands, habitat loss, and species at risk of extinction in Alberta.
Each summer, TSAG offers a week-long camp for students in grades 9-12 in the Rocky Mountains near Nordegg, AB. The camp focuses on environmental science and stewardship through hands-on learning as well as an active, healthy lifestyle through outdoor adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, and rafting. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded First Nations students from across the province while exploring career choices in science and technology!
Registration for the 2013 Environmental Youth Camp is now open! click here to learn more
This is an opportunity for students to get creative while thinking about conserving and protecting water, one of our most valuable resources. Each year, First Nations students in grades 4-12 submit their artwork for a chance to win great prizes. The theme of the poster changes yearly to keep students thinking about different aspects of water in our world.
Please contact Amanda Doyle (email@example.com or 780-483-8601) for more information about TSAG’s youth programs.