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Friday, June 11 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Community Partnerships for STEM Outreach

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In response to the restrictions on gathering in Nova Scotia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halifax Public Libraries (HPL) and SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University established a partnership to distributing technology resource kits to youth in areas across the Halifax Regional Municipality through the 14 branches of HPL. SuperNOVA is a non-profit initiative of Dalhousie University that provides hands-on, engaging STEM education for youth across Atlantic Canada. Working in collaboration with HPL, SuperNOVA has created accessible curriculum for youth to explore and learn about concepts of coding and digital literacy. Over the course of the winter and spring of 2021, the Take Home Tech program will provide three week loans of Ozobots, Spheros, and Codey Rockys packed into kits with curriculum guidelines, as well as providing opportunities for online, virtual webinars. The proposed talk for the APLA conference would outline the objectives and goals of our partnership, the specific logistic details that allow SuperNOVA to loan the technology through the library system, and the benefits to HPL programming that this partnership provides.


Alexandra Fenton

Executive Director, SuperNOVA
Alexandra Fenton has been the Executive Director of SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University for the past 5 years. After completing a Bachelor and Masters of Arts from Dalhousie University, she spent several years working in the public library system before transitioning to SuperNOVA as... Read More →

Alison Froese-Stoddard

Technology Librarian, Halifax Central Library
Alison Froese-Stoddard is the Technology Librarian at Halifax Central Library, and supervises programs and services in the Media Studio and the Lou Duggan Creative Studio. These spaces facilitate opportunities for people of all ages, skills, and abilities to gain expertise in technology... Read More →

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Margaret Vail

Systems and Data Services Librarian, St. Francis Xavier University
Margaret Vail is the Systems and Data Services Librarian at St. Francis Xavier University

Friday June 11, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am ADT
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