Sudbury Catholic District School Board, one of a handful of school boards outside of Toronto to embrace programs run by The Learning Partnership, will offer a third program to its students starting in January 2009.
The Learning Partnership is a non-profit group that champions public education and creates a culture in which students love learning and grow to their maximum potential.
Besides Welcome to Kindergarten and Entrepreneurial Adventure, the board will offer Grade 7 and 8 students Investigate! Invent! Innovate!, a science and technology program for young inventors.
Students are asked to identify a problem in their life or someone else’s life, then invent a product that solves that problem, said Lisa Alsop of The Learning Partnership. For example, one student invented an inflatable bag they could put valuables in and check as baggage on an airplane.
Students work on their inventions for four months and showcase them to the business community or the public at an invention convention.