As part of an undergraduate conference during this year’s Research and Innovation (R&I) week, Bachelor of Education student Kari Clark (Orillia campus) was selected by her peers as best panelist on a nine-student panel that focused on sustainability and growth.
Her presentation, which she adapted from a Social Studies assignment, responded to the question: “How does the town of Collingwood’s potential water shortage affect the school system, infrastructure development, and growth and sustainability of the community as a whole?”
Kari notes that participating in the panel was an excellent opportunity to advocate for teachers using outdoor spaces to teach the Social Studies curriculum, as a means of promoting sustainability. This connected to the theme of this year’s R&I week: “Planetary Sustainability.”
As a reward for being selected as best panelist, Kari was asked to represent the Faculty of Education at a lunch with the University President and winners from other University faculties.
She explains that participating on the panel was “an amazing opportunity, especially from an educational perspective. Lakehead students have a wealth of knowledge, and to be able to witness this learning and growth in relation to planetary sustainability was nothing short of incredible!”