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Some learning about post secondary education opportunities was the main agenda item as 18 youth and five adults from the James Hornell Boys and Girls Club in Buchans set out for the province’s capital city on Aug 9.

“Science and Technology Youth Escapade” was the tile for the trip, co-funded by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada STEAM Ahead Program and NL Provincial Government Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.

A bus window broken by a flying rock and mechanical problems resulted in a longer journey both ways, but both Gary Noftle, Executive Director and Courtney Rowsell, Summer Student Program Co-ordinator agree it was a successful excursion, despite the road problems.

The itinerary included a tour of MUN, lunch at the University Centre, visits to the Ocean Sciences Centre, the Geo Centre, Signal Hill, and The Rooms, the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, the House of Assembly, the Fluvarium and a yacht ride to see whales. 

The visit ended with a tour of the Marine Institute. 

Noftle was pleased with the trip and especially impressed that Premier Dwight Ball was able to rearrange his schedule to allow for their visit. 

“He changed his schedule for us,” said Noftle, “…he really was very obliging, he mixed with them well.”

“The girls wanted to get selfies with him,” Noftle added, “but the boys didn’t….”

They also met Grand Falls-Windsor – Buchans MHA Al Hawkins.

Rowsell said the youth were really ‘engaged’ by the tours as was hoped. Although none of the group is going to MUN this fall, there were four or five who are hoping for the following year.

“When we went to the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, we got to dissect a squid and feed it to the cod,” Rowsell said, “and they learned a lot.  At the Ocean Science Centre there was a ‘touch tank’ and seals, so we got to learn about the seals, but there wasn’t much about the life in the touch tank….”

At the Marine Institute they were impressed with the big boat simulators.

“They were amazed by that,” said Rowsell. “….they showed us all the controls and it actually moves as if it were a boat on the ocean to teach the students what they would have to do.”

 A trip by yacht to Bell Island was cut short because of rough seas, but Rowsell said they saw ‘lots and lots of whales’.

 “Most of the kids have never experienced anything like (this trip) before,” Rowsell said, “They seemed to enjoy themselves very much.  I think we informed them about a lot of things (for future education consideration).  A few of them were a bit young, but for the majority of them it was great.”

“Science and Technology Youth Escapade” was the tile for the trip, co-funded by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada STEAM Ahead Program and NL Provincial Government Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.

A bus window broken by a flying rock and mechanical problems resulted in a longer journey both ways, but both Gary Noftle, Executive Director and Courtney Rowsell, Summer Student Program Co-ordinator agree it was a successful excursion, despite the road problems.

The itinerary included a tour of MUN, lunch at the University Centre, visits to the Ocean Sciences Centre, the Geo Centre, Signal Hill, and The Rooms, the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, the House of Assembly, the Fluvarium and a yacht ride to see whales. 

The visit ended with a tour of the Marine Institute. 

Noftle was pleased with the trip and especially impressed that Premier Dwight Ball was able to rearrange his schedule to allow for their visit. 

“He changed his schedule for us,” said Noftle, “…he really was very obliging, he mixed with them well.”

“The girls wanted to get selfies with him,” Noftle added, “but the boys didn’t….”

They also met Grand Falls-Windsor – Buchans MHA Al Hawkins.

Rowsell said the youth were really ‘engaged’ by the tours as was hoped. Although none of the group is going to MUN this fall, there were four or five who are hoping for the following year.

“When we went to the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, we got to dissect a squid and feed it to the cod,” Rowsell said, “and they learned a lot.  At the Ocean Science Centre there was a ‘touch tank’ and seals, so we got to learn about the seals, but there wasn’t much about the life in the touch tank….”

At the Marine Institute they were impressed with the big boat simulators.

“They were amazed by that,” said Rowsell. “….they showed us all the controls and it actually moves as if it were a boat on the ocean to teach the students what they would have to do.”

 A trip by yacht to Bell Island was cut short because of rough seas, but Rowsell said they saw ‘lots and lots of whales’.

 “Most of the kids have never experienced anything like (this trip) before,” Rowsell said, “They seemed to enjoy themselves very much.  I think we informed them about a lot of things (for future education consideration).  A few of them were a bit young, but for the majority of them it was great.”

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