Try-A-Trade® Take-Out

The Try-A-Trade® feature of the annual Nova Scotia Skills Competition is transforming into a virtual model for 2021. This year, teachers will have the opportunity to turn their own classrooms into a workshop, a design studio, a professional kitchen, and much more in a brand new program that we are calling Try-A-Trade® Take-Out.

 

Try-A-Trade® Take-Out

These new activities were all designed by industry leaders and allow students to get a hands-on introduction to a skilled trade or technology. Each activity also has curriculum outcomes that have been developed by the Nova Scotia Department of Education.

Participating teachers will receive a supply kit upon successful registration and all resources and budget for supplies will be provided FREE OF CHARGE on behalf of Skills Canada–Nova Scotia. The supply kits include a video featuring an industry professional outlining the basics of the trade, instructions on how to complete the activity, and a page of insights into the current state of the industry!

PLEASE NOTE: There are only a limited number of supply kits available for each individual trade, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you secure your preferred activity!

For more information on Try-A-Trade® Take-Out please contact our Outreach Coordinator: Carson Deveau

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2021 Try-A-Trade® Take-Out activities include:

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Small groups of students (3-5) will transform into world-class kitchen staff as they work together to create a very sought-after delicacy – shortbread cookies with homemade icing.

Time required to complete this activity: approximately two hours.

*PREREQUISITES: to register for this activity you will need access to a kitchen, an oven, oven mitts, baking trays/sheets, rolling pin, mixer for each group, parchment paper, saran wrap, cookie cutters, and pipping bags/tips.

SCNS will provide reimbursement for ingredients.

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Students in Skilled Trade Centres will use the materials and instructions provided by Skills Canada – Nova Scotia to construct their own footstool.

Time required to complete this activity: approximately two-three hours.

*PREREQUISITES: to register for this activity you must either be a Tech-Ed or Skilled Trades instructor, or must have the support of one, as they must supervise the activity and ensure all participating student receive all safety training required. As well, students require a suitable space to work, mitre saw, drill press, jigsaw, hammer, clamp, compass, nail set, 1” spade bit, tape measure, combination square, and must be provided safety glasses.

SCNS will provide reimbursement for consumable materials.

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Students will dust off their aprons and enter the kitchen to create a classic breakfast dish – an omelette. Using the instructions and materials provided by Skills Canada – Nova Scotia, students will work individually to craft their perfect omelette.

Time required to complete this activity: approximately 30-45 minutes.

*PREREQUISITES: to register for this activity you will need access to a kitchen. As well, each student or group of students must be provided a stove top, two frying pans of any size, a knife, plate, cutting board, cheese grater, spatula, whisk, and mixing bowl.

SCNS will provide reimbursement for ingredients.

Graphic Design

Students will transform their classrooms into an art studio as they will be tasked with designing an electronic cookbook page for the world’s most delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe. This activity will introduce students to the fun world of graphic design, which encourages creativity at every turn. Participating students will learn how to use Google Drawing.

Time required to complete this activity: approximately 60-90 minutes.

*PREREQUISITES: to register for this activity you will need access to the internet, and a computer/tablet for each student.

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The Activity: Students in Skilled Trade Centres will use the materials and instructions provided by Skills Canada – Nova Scotia to build their own coat hook. This activity highlights the machining industry, and allows participating students to fine-tune their skills that are required to be successful within the field.

Time required to complete this activity: approximately two-three hours.

*PREREQUISITES: to register for this activity you must either be a Tech-Ed or Skilled Trades instructor, or must have the support of one, as they must supervise the activity and ensure all participating student receive all safety training required. As well, students require a suitable space to work, drill press with vise, bench vise, tapping fluid/lubricating oil, 5/16” drill bit, 3/16” drill bit, 6” flat smooth file (2), 5/8” countersink, centre drill, ball peen hammer, tape measure, a fine tip black marker, and must be provided safety glasses.

SCNS will supply schools with all required consumable materials.

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Students will roll up their sleeves and create their very own robot in the form of a Wigglebot. Each student will receive materials and instructions provided by Skills Canada – Nova Scotia to craft their robot. This activity will introduce students to the fun, and complex, world of robotics and engineering, and will require them to use their problem-solving skills in order to build their Wigglebot.

Time required to complete this activity: approximately 30-45 minutes.

*PREREQUISITES: to register for this activity you must be able to provide a pair of scissors for each student. A pair of plyers for the class is not required, but is recommended.

SCNS will supply school with required materials for each student to build a Wigglebot.

To order your class a Try-A-Trade® Take-Out kit, fill out the form below!

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Teachers and students: Have participated in one of our Try-A-Trade® Take-Out programs? We'd love to hear your feedback. Click the button below to fill out a feedback form.

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Teachers: Did you complete one of our Try-A-Trade® Take-Out programs that require reimbursement for supplies? Click the button below to fill out a reimbursement form.

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