The Labrador Lands and Waters Science Camp offered a comprehensive scientific experience to Labrador's youth, attracting participants from across the region since 2018. Held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the camp aimed to address the challenges of science education in remote and northern areas. Running from July 10-14 and catering to Grades 8-11, the camp was organized by Mckenzie Hutchings, Jamie Jackman, and Chelsee Arbour. It sought to connect local youth with ongoing research in their homelands, offering insights into science pathways. The activities were carefully selected based on student interests and aligned with current research in the local area and home communities. Modules also demonstrated various science career paths. The camp emphasized relevance by providing activities specific to Labrador, creating a place-based learning environment. Indigenous science and traditional knowledge were incorporated to strengthen community connections and expand students' understanding. Participants also enjoyed experiencing local foods, reflecting Labrador's rich culture during the camp. Memorial's Labrador Campus, in collaboration with various Indigenous groups, hosted the camp free of charge, including travel expenses, demonstrating a commitment to promoting youth engagement in science. In summary, the Labrador Lands and Waters Science Camp successfully offered an engaging and meaningful scientific experience to Labrador's youth, fostering connections with local research and cultural heritage while reducing barriers to science education in remote regions.
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