AT THE REM, YOU WILL PARTICIPATE IN ONE DAY SESSION ALL WEEK.
Ancestral Technologies/ On-the-Land
This session will focus on increasing your knowledge and understanding of our natural environment by engaging with the outdoors in the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation. You will walk, hike, canoe, and, weather permitting, raft the Klondike River! En route you will participate in ancestral technologies, hands-on First Nation heritage and cultural activities, storytelling, language learning, environmental field studies, fishing, and stewardship of the land. Elders from the Tr’ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation will join the group.
Participants will have the option of spending one night camping. Please indicate YES/NO to the camping question at the top of this page.
Learn archery! This session is open to all levels, including beginners. You will learn target shooting, 3D animal shooting, and the various competition formats of archery. You are welcome to bring your own bow and equipment. You will also learn coaching skills and this will be an opportunity for you to obtain your Level 1 NCCP coaching certification, which allows you to coach archery back in your home community, as a student job!
In this course you will learn how to work in a commercial kitchen, building your cooking skills while you prepare fabulous meals for REM participants. You will also learn about personal and food safety in this action-packed, fun environment. This REM, our culinary arts students will not be expected to serve meals nor to work extra hours. Instead you will be able to enjoy meals and free time with friends.
4. Dance and Drama
Dance: If you love to move and dance, then this is for you! Dance is an expression of movement through self. In this session, you will be provided professional training in different elements such as rhythm, technique, body awareness, strength, and balance, and, of course, it will be fun! You will explore different forms of dance including jazz, hip-hop, swing, salsa, and funk. Each day will begin with warm-up exercises and progress into choreographed movement in one or two of the above-mentioned styles. The afternoons will be spent on choreography for a “show piece” to be performed at the REM finale
. “Dance is the only art wherein we are the stuff of which it is make”.
Drama: This is all about having fun and learning by doing! This session will stimulate your imagination and introduce you to the performing arts: movement, storytelling, story theatre, improvisation, theatre sports, acting, stagecraft, music, dance, and play writing fundamentals. You will be mentored by a professional performing artist and learn about what it is like to “be in the business”.
5. First Nations Art: Design and Carving
In this session you will have the opportunity to work with an established artist of First Nation ancestry on a carved panel of an animal motif.
You will venture into the First Nations Art World of Designing and Carving in the Northwest Coast Art form. You will learn the five basic shapes of Northwest Coast Art and Design, learn to paint to a wood panel, and then relief carve your panel for a wall hanging. You may be innovative and create i-pod docs, lamps, clocks, etc. The sky is the limit on creativity!
Please check the link on our home page for project photographs.
6. Gold Rush: Past, Present, Future
In this session, you will be immersed in 1898 gold rush fever, interacting with it’s history, influence, and impacts. You will explore geology and mining techniques including panning, dredging, and sluicing. You will have a hands-on experience at a present day gold mine. You will finish off the week examining the impact of the gold rushes on the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation and the environment. You will also have a hands-on experience with a local designer of gold jewellery.
7. Hair and Esthetics
Two industry experts will help you to gain hands-on salon experience while practicing on mannequins, and then on each other. You will learn how to cut, style, and colour hair. You will also learn basic aesthetic techniques, including manicures and pedicures. If you like, you will also get the opportunity to practice your new skills in the evening on your REM friends!
8. Mining Matters
There’s no better place to learn about geology and mining than in the Heart of the Klondike! In this session, you will explore local and regional geology, permafrost, mining exploration, mining techniques, mine development, and mine reclamation. It will be a week of hands-on activities with mining experts, including trips to an operating placer mine and Tombstone Territorial Park.
9. Mountain Biking: Riding and Repair
This session is for students wanting to learn and develop the basic skills involved in cross-country mountain biking. Some basic instruction in bike repair will also be provided. Bikes will be provided for participant use. If you enjoy riding, then this is the course for you!
10. Music: Fiddling
Fiddle music is an important and traditional part of Yukon culture. It is near and dear to the hearts of many. By the end of this course, you will understand the basics of fiddle technique and be able to play a few tunes. Your group will do a performance at the end of the week to showcase what you have learned. There will also be the opportunity to join in the tradition of jigs to fiddle music. Fiddles will be provided.
Have you always wanted to build a robot or electric circuits, or to program a computer? Well, at REM Robotics you can try all these activities and no experience is necessary! In this session, using simple materials and an easy to learn programming language, you will build an 8 command radio-controlled car and remote control. Students who have already completed this project can attempt a more complicated mini-drone (two drone kits available). New this year, and if time permits, students will have the chance to 3D-print one or more pieces of their robot frame.
Please check the video link on our home page for a description of this session!
12. Science: Let's
If you love science and are searching for enrichment and exciting hands-on lab work and field studies, then this is the session for you! Activities will incorporate many different disciplines of science including biology, chemistry, engineering, forensics, physics, and veterinary. You will be joined by real scientists!
13. The Social Media Project
Is it possible to integrate social media tools and wireless technology into your classroom? Can cell phones and i-pads really help your learning? This course will use a number of web-based tools (ie. Youtube, Facebook, Snapchat, Google Documents) to do two major projects. You will produce a digital REM report using images and feedback from students and teachers. You will also collaborate on a research report on student attitudes and awareness of safety issues. If possible, you should bring your own cell phone or wireless device, but this is not a necessity as we can provide one for you.
14. Wood Shop: Framing
In this session you will learn how to be an industry carpenter as you work with the group to build two sheds, from start to finish.
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