Results to be highlighted at Canadian Association of School Administrators conference
Calgary, Alberta – After three exciting years of fun, learning and innovation Osum and Cold Lake High School have renewed their science partnership to continue unlocking the potential of some of community’s brightest young minds.
The unique approach to promoting student interest in science and innovation has been such a success that, this July it will be showcased in Whistler at the Canadian Association of School Administrators conference. Osum and a team of science teachers from CLHS will present on the topic of “Building Successful and Meaningful Partnerships Between Schools and Businesses.” The theme of the conference this year is “Creativity and Innovation.”
“When we began working with the science department, the teachers were already taking their classes way beyond what is normally expected,” said Justin Robinson, Communications Manager at Osum. “In our first meeting, there was an incredible energy in the room as we brainstormed ideas to create transformative learning experiences for the students. It was clear, even then, that this was going to be a very different, very collaborative type of relationship.”
The undertaking has involved everything from fieldtrips for students and staff to a solar panel demonstration project on the roof of the school. Some of the most memorable experiences have come out of the Osum Innovation Challenges – special events where students have the opportunity to hear from world-class speakers with inspiring messages and push their innovation skills to new heights.
“We’re extremely pleased to continue our partnership with Osum,” said CLHS Principal, Dustin Walker. “We’ve seen amazing growth in our students as a result of the benefits of working together and we know that’s only going to continue.”
Plans for the next three years are already underway and involve building on past success while coming up with new and innovative ways to inspire students and providing the best possible tools to make their learning experience an unforgettable one.
This past October, one Osum Innovation Challenge guest speaker, George Kourounis, an adventurer and host of the Discovery Channel’s “Angry Planet”, challenged the students, “If you want something you’ve never had, do something you’ve never done.” And it’s a message that describes what’s been happening over the last three years.
“We’re inspired to be part of a distinctive and unique partnership that allows us to promote student interest in science and innovation by collaborating with teachers who are passionately devoted to their students,” Robinson said.
Osum’s mission is to unlock Canada’s unrealized bitumen resource potential. The Company is pursuing commercial in situ developments in the established Cold Lake area of Alberta and in the Grosmont carbonate trend, where it is a leader with a stake in a producing pilot and plans for the first full scale project in the region. The company has been assigned proven plus probable reserves of 359 Million barrels and Best Estimate Contingent Resources of 3.54 Billion barrels.
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