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Coyote Science at the SCC Observatory

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Dear Members:

Cheyanna Kootenhayoo contacted me last week to ask for our Centre to assist them in filming an episode for a First Nations children’s science show for APTN: Coyote Science. This is described by them as an “Upbeat, Cultural, Educational Aboriginal Science Series 13 x 22 minute episodes | Interactive Digital Media Primary Audience: 9-12 years male and female

“Synopsis

Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show is a leading edge science series that encourages Aboriginal youth to find out about the science of the world –from an Aboriginal perspective.  Featuring Aboriginal youth engaged in hands-on, accessible science, Coyote’s investigates how the world works, enhancing science literacy and promoting a life-long love of science and knowledge.

“Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show offers APTN’s youth audience a destination experience, consisting of a 13 -part series, interactive digital experience and community where real-life science is done by everyday Aboriginal youth, sharing their enthusiasm of learning.

“Objective

Research has shown that when Indigenous children see their culture and knowledge reflected in their learning, they respond and excel. They see meaning and purpose in their education and look forward to learning. Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show offers a rich educational media environment for Indigenous children to experience Indigenous science knowledge.  Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show celebrates the genius of Indigenous knowledge and gives our youth the sense that they can be scientists in all fields –bringing their own Indigenous science knowledge to the practice of science, to help transform the foundations of technology and science in this world, while building strong Aboriginal communities and Nations.”

They will be filming their “Big Bang” astronomy episode at our SCC Observatory this coming Thursday evening, 17 March (exact time TBA). They’ll have 3 cast members, 2 youth, and 1 elder as well as a crew of 6 – 10 on site. I’ll be there to help run the observatory. Anyone else interested in assisting, please contact me ASAP!

Clear Skies, Charles Ennis

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