te(a)ch aims to offer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning opportunities to people in undeserved northern communities across Canada. Focusing specifically on computer science and game development, the curriculum offers a full suite of online and in-community learning. The benefits of te(a)ch extend well beyond simply teaching “how a computer thinks” – the program is equally about capacity building, artistic expression, and mental health – as well as empowering participants to discover and express cultural identity.
The te(a)ch program, first known as Code Club, began as a community-supported initiative in Pangnirtung, Nunavut – administered by Pinnguaq. Since 2014, sessions have been delivered in Pangnirtung, Iqaluit, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, and Arviat. In 2016, the program was kickstarted by receiving the Arctic Inspiration Prize and has since made great gains in capacity. Through funding received by the federal program CanCode, te(a)ch sessions will run in approximately 25 underserved communities in northern Canada in 2018. te(a)ch participants in Nunavut will also leave the program with their own free refurbished government laptop, through partnership with Computers for Success Nunavut.
In addition to administering learning sessions, 100 lessons of curriculum will be made available online and in community through te(a)ch. The curriculum will be designed to be led by clubs, teachers, and leaders or to enable independent learning. Content will cover a wide range of topics, from basic coding to 3D modelling. The program also includes a mental health component, which will be developed in partnership with the the Embrace Life Council and Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre.
The program aims to level the playing field by offering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education in communities that otherwise wouldn’t have access to similar opportunities. At its core, te(a)ch is about building unique teachings that directly reflect the communities they are taught in.
te(a)ch was created and is administered by Pinnguaq, a technology startup born out of Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Pinnguaq means “play” in Inuktitut, the Inuit language. At the root of Pinnguaq is a respect and care for the rich languages and cultures that make up this planet. Pinnguaq was created out of a desire to see strong programming available in Inuktitut and it roots itself in that mission as it moves forward.
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