It's All About Me is a health science education partnership between the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre (SBRC) and the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD).
We've just finished another very successful year of It's All about Me (IAAM). Stephen Jones, the coordinator, teacher and researcher with St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre, has just bid farewell to students and teachers from Hastings School recently working in the Youth BIOlab Jeunesse.
Steve recently shared his annual activity report for the 2015-2016 school year and I thought I would share it with the larger community. Steve and his team were able to support a number of new initiatives in LRSD this year. One of the initiatives I want to highlight is the Two-Way Learning – Building Identity and Confidence in Urban First Nation Students. Steve and IAAM were a part of a University of Manitoba Major Outreach project with Dr. Barbara McMillan in the Faculty of Education and Victor Wyatt School, connecting science education to traditional First Nations knowledge and learning. The project offered multiple sessions to a group of First Nations grade 7 students from Victor Wyatt School, connecting medicinal plant knowledge to work in the Research Centre's Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine. The project was very successful and Steve looks forward to continuing the journey next year. Even after 11 years, there are always new paths to follow.
Since 2005, we've been engaged in an amazing partnership that connects the work done at the St. Boniface Research Centre to science learning in our classrooms. Our partnership and the Youth BIOlab Jeunesse, have exposed over 30,000 students to hands-on activities related to biomedical science! I especially want to acknowledge Stephen Jones for his visionary leadership and innovative spirit in support of this endeavor and its continued evolution. From the very beginning of the partnership, Steve and his team have strived to achieve a 'science for all' approach, exposing as many students as possible to enriching science experiences in support of scientific literacy. I also want to acknowledge Meghan Kynoch who is now working with Steve on a full-time basis to develop and implement parallel programming for French Immersion schools and in-school programming.
We are so proud of this long-standing partnership and the value that it has brought to our Division's science education over the past eleven years. We look forward to many more years of collaboration and innovation.