News release

Province, Discovery Centre, to Deliver New Pilot Program

NOTE: A list of schools that will pilot the program is available at the end of the release.

A new, hands-on program for Grade 7 and 8 students will be piloted in partnership with the Discovery Centre, in 17 junior high schools across the province this February.

The Driving Discovery Program will be delivered in the classroom and will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, also known as the STEAM subjects. The program will connect with and support new curriculum.

“We hope this program helps inspire our students to pursue new opportunities and ignites a passion for learning,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “This will bring new learning experiences to the classroom and give students a first-hand look at potential career paths in these industries.”

The province will invest $300,000 and partner work with the Discovery Centre to develop and deliver the program.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Discovery Centre’s specialized learning experiences to more Nova Scotian classrooms in an effort to help facilitate a deeper appreciation for science-based learning,” said Dov Bercovici, president and CEO of the centre. “Students and teachers will acquire new skills and knowledge that will build confidence in all areas of STEAM.”

Driving Discovery will be a one of a kind, cross-curricular program that will encourage critical thinking and problem-solving across a range of disciplines.

The program connects essential learning skills and career opportunities, and sparks interest and excitement in students in the STEAM-based learning.

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Government is partnering with the Discovery Centre to pilot a new, hands-on program for Grade 7 and 8 students in 17 junior high schools across the province this February.

The Driving Discovery Program will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, also known as STEAM.

Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development says this program will ignite a passion for learning in students by bringing new learning experiences to the classroom.

The province will invest 300-thousand dollars to develop and deliver the pilot.

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  • Riverside Education Centre, Milford, Hants Co.
  • Uniacke District School, Mount Uniacke, Hants Co.
  • Highland Park Junior High, Halifax
  • Eastern Passage Education Centre, Eastern Passage
  • Bridgewater Junior High, Bridgewater
  • Chester Area Middle School, Chester
  • Northeast Kings Education Centre, Canning, Kings Co.
  • Pine Ridge Middle School, Kingston
  • Maple Grove Education Centre, Hebron, Yarmouth Co.
  • West Pictou Consolidated School, Pictou
  • St. Andrew Junior School, Antigonish
  • Chedabucto Education Centre/ Guysborough Academy, Guysborough
  • Bayview Education Centre, Port Hood, Inverness Co.
  • East Richmond Education Centre, St. Peter’s, Richmond Co.
  • Sydney Mines Middle School, Sydney Mines
  • Breton Education Centre, New Waterford
  • Sherwood Park Education Centre, Sydney