On September 27, 100 Grade 7-12 students across Trillium Lakelands District School Board travelled to Gravenhurst High School for the Gryph-Innovation Conference.
The full-day event gave students the opportunity to enhance their innovation skills by participating in a variety of hands-on workshops, including the use of computer-aided design software to create items for 3D Printing; utilizing old and new map layers of the Town of Gravenhurst using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); exploring both solar energy and wind power; using block-based computer programs to create digital games; exploring the curriculum-connected tools available in Minecraft Education Edition; and exploring the process of making art in a 3D environment using virtual reality headsets and digital drawing tablets.
All sessions were facilitated by industry and educational partners, and focused on the Minecraft Gravenhurst initiative. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and in partnership with Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network, the project has students using archival records and current-day GIS to digitally animate the historic and current urban design of the Town of Gravenhurst with Minecraft and 3D printing technology.
A huge thank you to InkSmith, Nelson, Fair Chance Learning, and Let’s Talk Science who made the conference possible.