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Ardrossan, AB — Students at École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary (AEL) are makers.

Teams of students in grades 4 to 6 were recently challenged to design a piece of playground equipment that is fun, safe and inclusive for all. The top designs—as voted on by students—will be on display at AEL’s first annual Maker Faire.

Experimenting twice a month with tools and materials such as Little Bits, Makados, Makey Makeys, yarn, cardboard and so forth using makerspace concepts, students had the unique opportunity to learn about future career paths and the world of work—through promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Participants were able to consult with guest playground builders from Canadian Recreation Solutions experts, and received feedback from Elk Island Public School ‘inspectors’ as they perfected their designs.

“It was fantastic to see our students embracing cross-curricular competencies of creativity, innovation and problem-solving,” says Helene Hewitt, assistant principal at École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary.

The top-voted designs from students will be presented on Wednesday, May 31. Each team completes a two-minute Maker pitch at the Faire.

“Students were amazed that there are real adults who make a living designing and building playgrounds,” says Hewitt. “They had to apply their critical thinking to resolve design flaws and had to practice their communication skills to pitch ideas to real-life playground designers.”

Members of the media are invited to attend the Maker Faire event.

Event Details:
   Maker Faire at AEL—presenting playground prototypes
When:  Wednesday, May 31 (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.)
Where: École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary School Learning Commons
            (53131 Range Road 222, Ardrossan, AB.)

NOTE: Principals have the responsibility to limit media coverage only to students approved for interviews. Reporters attending the event are requested to receive permission from a school EIPS representative before interviewing or photographing students. Thank you for your co-operation, and for joining us. 

Students Marlee and Kaylee display their model—designed to integrate Social Studies learning about the Iroquois into a playground. Each piece of equipment is a tipi design and includes activities that promote cultural awareness of the Iroquois community so that students can play and learn at the same time!


École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary serves approximately 570 students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 offering both English and French immersion programs. Located in Ardrossan, the school is one of 42 schools within Elk Island Public Schools. For more information about the school visit


For more information contact:
Helene Hewitt, assistant principal, École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary , 780-922-2066
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902