Fort St. John students get a hands-on look at energy in Canada

The 8 by 11 metre map shows everything from hydroelectricity facilities, to crude oil and natural gas pipelines, including coal, biomass, nuclear, and wind. Education Programs Coordinator Sara Black says bringing the map to school is all about promoting energy literacy. 

“We want students to be aware of what energy is, recognize it, understand it, communicate with other people in common language, and make their own critical conclusions and future decisions.” 


The teaching tool can be used for students in kindergarten up to grade 12, and is available on loan to schools across Canada for free along with props and lesson plans. While technology has taken on an important role in the classroom, Black argues that the tactile learning approach the map uses is still very important to learning. 

Black has about half an hour with each class today, and tailors the activities to each age group. For instance, the grade five and six students were asked to place cards showing different types of energy in the areas on the map that they’re produced, while younger children focused on relating the energy they produce by jumping up and down to the energy Canada produces. 

“This particular story promote geo literacy from an energy perspective,” Black explains, “looking at where we’re from, what energy’s produced there, and comparing it with the rest of the nation.” 

Parents and the rest of the community will have a chance to check out the map during an open house at Duncan Cran tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.