|February 2007||Newsletter Archive|
Manitoba Science Academy
New name and new beginnings for this popular Science Academy...
by Arlene Davidson
Science Program Continues in Pinawa
It's good to be back! During the past two months, former Board Members and staff of the DRSA Whiteshell Campus have been working diligently to maintain a summer science program in Pinawa. Early this month, the Manitoba Science Academy was officially launched, and will operate in the community to provide research experience to high school students, and summer employment for post-secondary students. As the Business Manager of the new program, I am delighted to report that former supporters of the program have rallied in support of our efforts and have provided the foundation for our work to plan and deliver a program for the summer of 2007.
We are currently negotiating with our Research Partners and hope to have the 2007 term projects confirmed in the very near future. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Steve Peake of the University of New Brunswick who will join us with his exciting studies involving Lake Sturgeon, Dr. Vail of the University of Manitoba who provides students an opportunity to participate in a ground breaking quantum physics study, and Dr. David Prystupa of Spectrum Scientific who will be providing a study that has important applications in the field of agriculture and food science.
A website is currently under construction and can be found at www.msawhiteshell.com . Student application forms are available on-line, and project updates will be posted as they are confirmed. We owe special thanks to Manitoba Hydro whose commitment to the Pinawa program will continue as they join us as a major Funding Partner of the summer program. Cameco Mines in Saskatoon has also committed to the establishment of a full Student Scholarship and to provide funding for a Research Assistant for the Manitoba Science Academy. An exciting development of this partnership is that a Cameco affiliate in Colorado has also taken an interest in the program and is currently working with us to provide funding for a student from the USA to participate this summer. We hope to see this trend continue as we open the doors to international students to explore and enjoy a Pinawa experience.
Along with myself, Principal Jerry Kozak has also committed his time and energy into establishing the Manitoba Science Academy and has been contacting schools and teachers to recruit the students for the upcoming summer term. The Manitoba Science Academy will work in conjunction with the Whiteshell School Division by providing the educational credits that will be issued to the program participants. We are delighted to report that our Student Residence will be maintained at the Wilderness Edge Retreat and Conference Centre, and that supper meals during the week will be tendered out to the Pinawa Community groups who have provided a variety of nutritious, tasty meals to students in past years. Our recreational program will centre around the abundance of opportunities available here in the community, through provision of facilities and services from the LGD and local recreational groups such as the Pinawa Rowing and Sailing Club.
On behalf of Jerry and the Board of Directors, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the organizations and citizens of Pinawa for your support and encouragement of our efforts. You have provided us with the energy and drive we have all needed to make this dream a reality. The Manitoba Science Academy is Provincially registered, independently operated, and proudly Pinawa!
The Manitoba Science Academy
Arlene Davidson, B.Sc.