Cowessess First Nation, Nanan STEM Academy partner to teach students about programming, robotics

Cowessess First Nation and Nanan STEM Academy have partnered on a program that will provide Cowessess First Nation students with an opportunity to learn about computer programming and robotics. Shaun Nanan, founder of Nanan STEM Academy program head of Sask Polytech’s Computer Engineering Technology department, said that the program will enable students to use unique perspectives and the Cree language in the projects, and will empower them as they teach their non-Indigenous instructors Cree. Parents, guardians, and elders will actively participate and support students throughout the program in what Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme calls a “vertical lineage education system.” “We have been delighted with the enthusiasm of the students who have taken part in the program so far,” said Delorme. “This is just the beginning, and we are confident that many of these students will help and inspire generations of Indigenous students reach their fullest potential in education and life.”

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