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Laurier and Inksmith partner for Mission on the Moon program

As Canada prepares to launch a robotic lunar rover in the next five years, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is investing in research and educational initiatives related to space science and technology.

With funding from the CSA, Laurier’s Faculty of Education and InkSmith are partnering to design and develop Mission on the Moon: An Educational Program for Canadian Youth, which will provide inquiry-based coding and robotics activities for students in Grade 6 through Grade 9.

“Mission on the Moon will inspire Canadian youth to develop innovation mindsets and make a positive impact in an evolving world,” said Maria Cantalini-Williams, dean of the Faculty of Education and co-investigator on the project.

Jeremy Hedges

Jeremy Hedges (BA ’15), founder of Waterloo-based education technology company InkSmith.

“This set of interactive, challenging educational modules will be developed in collaboration with our community of students, instructors, associate teachers and researchers.”

The Mission on the Moon project is a continuation of an ongoing partnership between the Faculty of Education and InkSmith, a Waterloo-based education technology company founded by Laurier alumnus Jeremy Hedges (BA ’15). Over the past five years, InkSmith has worked with Laurier faculty members on a variety of projects aimed at strengthening coding and robotics competencies for Bachelor and Master of Education students.

For Mission on the Moon, InkSmith will oversee the design and development of the learning resources, educational content and online curriculum platform.

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