GUSH Workshops

GUSH Workshops for Grades 7 and 8 meet science and geography curriculum expectations while raising awareness about water challenges facing Canada’s First Nations communities.

 

Designed and delivered by Ontario-certified teachers using a STEAM framework, each of our GUSH workshops encourages students to use inquiry, collaboration and problem-solving skills to complete a hands-on design challenge! With a focus on real-world First Nations water issues, our workshops encourage student creativity and awareness.



Grade 7: Pollution Solutions

Science & Technology Unit: Pure Substances & Mixtures

Geography Unit: Use & Sustainability

 

Water is the universal solvent, so when pollutants enter our waterways, it can be quite difficult to remove them!

 

Students are introduced to Grassy Narrows First Nation, a community that has been affected by industrial water contamination for the last fifty years.

 

Working in teams, students are tasked with the challenge of separating mixtures and solutions, while investigating the social, environmental, and economical issues that come with resource extraction.



Grade 8: Working Watersheds

Science & Technology Unit: Water Systems

Geography Unit: Patterns & Sustainability

 

The economy and the environment can produce competing priorities. Through inquiry and collaboration, students explore key factors that can influence decision making and decide for themselves where their priorities lie.

 

Classes are introduced to Northern Ontario, a region of ecological significance that is home to 31 First Nations communities. This area also hosts valuable mineral deposits, which if extracted, can provide employment opportunities and support local economies in the region.

 

Using unique and interactive watershed models, students work in teams to preserve or alter water flows that are vital to communities and commerce, creating a Northern Ontario that can meet or challenge the needs of a variety of stakeholders and rights holders.

  • The hands-on activities really made an important environmental issue become a dynamic and fun learning experience. My grade 8 students learned a lot and were able to express their knowledge in many different ways.

    Cynthia Roulston, Teacher

    Warden Avenue Public School

  • A fantastic program – unique materials, a strong workshop leader and clear objectives. All things we need to engage students and make them life-long environmentalists!

    Emma Mumford-Mills, Teacher

    Kleinburg Public School

  • Water truly comes to life with all of the engaging activities students get to experience with GUSH!

    Nabil El-Sheikh Ali, Teacher

    Beryl Ford Public School

  • I love how this highly engaging program teaches the science curriculum through an ecological lens with a focus on Indigenous communities. Hugely powerful and informative!

    Aline Maleganovski, Teacher

    Warden Avenue Public School

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  • Are GUSH workshops delivered in my school board?

  • Continually expanding, GUSH workshops are currently available to the following school boards:

     

    • Bluewater District School Board
    • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
    • Durham District School Board
    • Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
    • Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
    • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
    • Peel District School Board
    • Simcoe County District School Board
    • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
    • Toronto District School Board
    • Upper Grand District School Board
    • York Region District School Board

     

    New school boards are added every year!

  • How long does a GUSH workshop last?

  • GUSH workshops last 100 minutes. Your GUSH instructor will work around regular student break times.

  • How many students can participate in a workshop?

  • GUSH workshops can accommodate up to about 30 students. The activities are very hands-on and become too diluted for students if we go much beyond 30 students per workshop.

  • How much does a GUSH workshop cost?

  • Each workshop costs $155.

  • Is there anything I need to provide?

  • Our instructors provide all hands-on workshop materials & equipment and only require access to:

     

    • Classroom projector
    • Speakers
    • Presentation table
    • Sink

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