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Students StEP UP to build a brain, cook and more

Student-empowered pathways and unlimited possibilities are the focus of a one-day enrichment event for local students in Grades 7 and 8 Friday at Loyalist College.

StEP UP, a partnership between the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board and Loyalist College, is an enrichment event for students who have confidence learning in different environments, with new and unknown peers, and who have expressed an interest learning more about post-secondary opportunities.

Abou 175 students will participate in two workshops taught by Loyalist instructors, as well as full-group sessions at the beginning and end of the day.

Workshops include:
· Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship. Students will build a figure from copper and practise soldering the pieces together. They will also have the opportunity to disassemble an engine and deploy a vehicle airbag.

· Biosciences. Students will perform a gel electrophoresis, a useful technique in DNA analysis. They will also complete a thin-layer chromatography analysis with Skittles.

· Child & Youth Care. The Build-A-Brain Workshop is a tabletop game, developed at Harvard University, that helps build understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development—what promotes early brain development, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society.

· Culinary Management. Those with a passion for cooking, baking and creating will work to perfect two cookie recipes—classic chocolate chip cookies and jam jams.

· Esthetics & Spa Management. Students get an in-depth look into the Loyalist College Esthetics & Spa Management program. They will watch an interactive facial demo, then learn how to perform a hand and nail treatment, and make their own scrub.

· Interactive Media Development: Animation & Game Development. Using Unreal 4, students will create a game level which they can play. This is an introduction to game design and game content creation. This session will include making materials, environments and other in-game features.

· Justice Studies. This session will involve a forensic search of a motor vehicle in the Automotive Lab. Students will also participate in a restraint training exercise (applying handcuffs). The session will conclude with a brief presentation about the Loyalist College Justice Studies programs.

· Photojournalism. Students will be provided with a camera and tasked with one of two assignments to be shot on campus: 1) people of Loyalist College; and 2) architecture of Loyalist College. After students return to the lab, they will look at their photos and create a slideshow of their best work.

· Public Relations: Event Management. Students will work together in small teams to create an innovative concert promotion plan. Using a variety of public relations, advertising, graphic design and social media techniques, teams will compete to create the best promotional plan and experience the thrill of bringing music to the masses!

· Social Service Worker. The Social Service Worker program will provide an overview of what a social service worker is qualified to do in the community. The session will introduce students to foundational interviewing and counselling skills through several interactive activities. They will also complete a cultural diversity activity to gain knowledge of the importance of cultural awareness in the social service worker field.

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