Yoga Among New Offerings This School Year

first_img Grade 7 arts curriculum in English schools that includes band instruments, music and visual arts. Family Studies curriculum for the English grade 7, with special focus on textile arts and design. New Family studies curriculum for Grade 10, including Food Technology 10, that will count toward the mandatory technology credit. Expanded co-operative education. Grants of $390,000 expanded the program by 39 schools, bringing the total number of schools in co-op to 74. CSAP this year has all 10 of its high schools now offering the co-op program. Communications Technology 11 represents a new step in expanding the number of high-quality, tech education offerings. It offers students hands-on learning with digital photography, digital video, broadcasting, and a host of communication video. Construction Trades 11 launches in six English schools across the province. The course builds on the material taught in Skilled Trades 10 and gives teens the opportunity to continue to work in a cutting-edge learning environment to further develop their skills through working like tradespersons at a construction site model. Options and Opportunities, O2, the department’s innovative program designed to re-engage students through more hands-on learning and workplace experiences, is also expanding with two more schools offering the program in the CSAP. The day of the lotus has arrived in school gyms, putting a new twist on the traditional physical education class. Yoga, the ancient practice that develops both strength and flexibility, along with mental discipline, is now one of a number of new course options that fulfills Nova Scotia’s physical education requirement. Physical education became a graduation requirement last year. Yoga 11, successfully piloted in three school boards last year, has proven popular with students looking for a non-competitive alternative to the traditional phys-ed class. Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial will pilot the program in two schools this spring. The course addresses the province’s commitment to increasing the participation rate of female students, as well as males, in physical activity. “It is essential that we continue to work at getting more of our youth engaged in healthy, active living,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “Part of that strategy is to develop physical education programs that will interest girls and young women and inspire more of our students to get and stay active over their lifetime.” The Department of Education is also introducing two additional physical education options in English schools that will count toward the new phys-ed credit: Physically Active Lifestyles 11 and Fitness Leadership 11. Fitness Leadership 11 is unique because it gives students an opportunity to earn certification as fitness leaders, providing them with the credentials they need to work as leaders in community physical activity programs. “This program develops leadership skills for young people so that they can take these new skills into the community, making them healthier places to live and work,” said Ms. More. CSAP is in the second year of implementing its new physical education courses in grades 10, 11 and 12. All schools now offer these phys ed programs, which contain a fitness leadership unit. Also among the new and expanded programs in school this year are:last_img read more

Lake District trials futuristic driverless vehicles in bid to tackle congestion

The Lake District is trialling driverless pods for visitors  And although there’s no driver, passengers can speak to the vehicles’ control centre in case of an emergency.One charge is enough for around 100km of travel and the vehicles, made by Dudley-based Westfield, have a top speed of 25mph.The so-called “pods” are also in use or being trialled at Birmingham and Manchester airports and at O2 Arena In London. The Lake District is trialling driverless pods for visitors  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park said: “We’re constantly looking at new ways to balance the needs and enjoyment of people as they visit and move around the Lake District, whilst being mindful of the impact on the environment.”Driverless pods are a really interesting concept and while this is not necessarily something that will be seen on the Lake District streets soon, it’s vital we explore a range of solutions to sustainable travel.”Julian Turner, Westfield Technology Group chief executive said: “Through this project we’re identifying possible routes for the pod and talking to the local community about how we could meet their transport needs.”We’re particularly looking forward to hearing feedback from the local residents and visitors, as their input into how services can help meet their needs will be invaluable when planning possible routes for the pod to run in this area”The outcomes of the feasibility study, which is due to end in June, will help the authorities decide whether the driverless transport is suitable in the Lake District and which routes would be viable.But it was met with scepticism by many locals.Many suggested that the money should be ploughed into much-needed footpath restoration, current infrastructure and public transport first while others scoffed at the idea that they could survive the area’s bumpy, narrow lanes. The roads in the Lake District are famed for being clogged with sheep and walkers.But the beautiful rolling scenery, could soon be punctuated with the rather more futuristic driverless “pods”.The state-of-the-art self-driving vehicles are being trialled as a potential solution to gridlock near Grisedale or a bottleneck at Buttermere.The UNESCO World Heritage Site has launched a feasibility study examining how the 18 million visitors who descend on the area each year will get around in the future.The electric vehicle, which are already ferrying passengers at Heathrow Terminal 5, use cutting edge technology, including sensors to detect road conditions and obstacles in the road, to transport people in a safe and environmentally friendly way.The on-board computers can ensure the vehicle brakes faster and anticipates changes in road conditions that the human eye could not. read more