Province, Discovery Centre, to deliver new pilot program

Nova Scotia will pilot a new, hands-on program for Grade 7 and 8 students next month.

The Driving Discovery Program will be trialed in 17 schools and will be delivered in the classroom, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, also known as the STEAM subjects.

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

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

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development says Driving Discovery will be a unique, cross-curricular program that will encourage critical thinking and problem-solving across a range of disciplines.

A list of junior high schools that will take part in the pilot include:
-- 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, St. Andrews, Antigonish Co.
-- Chedabucto/Gusborough Education Centre, 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