“We are all ADST” is a BCTEA Conference with workshops for Elementary, Middle and Secondary teachers of BC. This year it will be hosted at Georges P. Vanier Secondary School in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley School District is a progressive district with many unique ADST programs in both the Elementary and Secondary schools. Georges P. Vanier went through extensive upgrades 5 years ago and boasts 5 fulltime shop programs (Metal Shop, Woodwork Shop, Automotive Shop, Electronics/Drafting Lab and a Construction Building).
Conference Costs (includes the $30 PSA membership)
$125 Early Bird (EXTENDED – Before October 1st)
$225 Walk In on the day
Teacher Candidate Program Students (BCIT, UBC, TRU, Etc)
$25 Regular Fee (No Early Bird)
$225 Walk In on the day
NON-BCTF members (Private/Independent Schools, Other Educational Interest groups)
$150 Early Bird (EXTENDED – Before October 1st)
$250 Walk In on the day
The traditional conference schedule is being altered to accommodate people travelling the morning of the conference from the lower mainland by BC Ferries and from the south island. The conference will start at 9:45am with opening remarks and then sessions will begin at 10:15am.
Travel Time to the Comox Valley From:
6:25am ferry once leaving Horseshoe Bay Terminal = 3:30hrs
5:15am ferry once leaving Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal = 4:00hrs
Duncan = 2:15hrs
Nanaimo = 1:15hrs
Victoria = 3:00hrs
For general conference inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|8:00am – 10:00am||Registration and package pickup|
Coffee, Tea, muffins available in the Cafeteria/Vendor Area
|8:00am – 3:30pm||Vendor Display Booths open in the Gym||Vendor Display Booths open in the Gym
8:00am to 3:30pm
|8:45am – 9:30am||Session A (Early Bird – Repeat Later)|
|9:45am – 10:10am||Welcome and opening Keynote/Remarks in the MPR|
|10:15am – 11:00am||Session B
|11:15am – 12:00pm||Session C|
|12:00pm-12:45pm||Lunch Break – 45mins; Pickup lunch in the Cafeteria|
|12:45pm – 1:30pm||AGM in the MPR|
|1:45pm – 2:30pm||Session D|
|2:30pm – 2:45pm||Break
|2:45pm – 3:30pm||Session E|
|5:00pm to 9:00pm|
**Cash bar opens at 5:00pm
** Buffet dinner at 6:00pm
Local Brewery Sponsored
|Dinner Social ($30 includes 1 drink ticket)
Florence Filberg Centre
411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC V9N 6C6
***Must pre-purchase your tickets when registering for the conference. NO walk-ins.
Interested in Presenting A Workshop– The conference committee will consider your BCTEA Conference Presenter Form and advise you accordingly (The conference committee is looking for a diverse selection of workshops that will engage the conference delegates). Presenters may offer two (2) workshop sessions to have the full conference fee waived or if presenting one session, half of the conference fee will be waived. Maximum one presenter/workshop will have their conference fee waived.
As per BCTEA policy, travel expenses are not covered and BCTEA membership cannot be waived.
Please CONTACT Steve Claassen (Conference Chair) – email@example.com by Sept 30th, 2023
Conference Workshop Schedule (as of Oct 15th, 2023)
Build Your Online Design Classroom with TinkerCAD
Fusion360 – Getting started Teaching Fusion
Fusion360 Concept to Reality CAD/CAM
Build Your Online Design Classroom with TinkerCAD
Elementary ADST in the Classroom
Connecting Indigenous ways of knowing. Planter Box
TechEd 2.0: Reimagining Hands-On Learning in Digital Times
teachers & conceptual metaphors
The converted Grade 7 Classroom— From Class to Shop and Back:
Engineers Projects + Tech Deck Skate Park
The converted Grade 7 Classroom – Low Budget Value Added Tools
STEM Learning through Problem Challenges
Infusing Indigenous Content into Shops
Electronics Program Work
Creative Collective, Physics & Eng11
Electronics – Jason’s Blinkiest Audio
Teaching Graphic Design
Bentwood Shaker Boxes and Trays
CNC & How to effectively utilize your EAs
Bentwood Shaker Boxes and Trays
Using Epoxy Resin
Automotive – New to Teaching it?
Art Meets Technology Restoration of a Heritage Eagle
Tig Welding for Beginners
Welding Support for Tech Ed Teachers
Skilled Trades BC
Woodwork—18 years, but who’s counting
BC Building Trades Pathways to a Skilled Trade
|BC Ferries Tour|
Elementary/Middle (K-7) Workshops
A011 & C011
|ADST Young Engineers Projects + Tech Deck Skate Park||Matt Sydor||Description:
I will share my format (with examples) for ADST units that is a great template for many ADST projects as you see fit. It incorporates teamwork, job delegation, curriculum-related student evaluation, concept lesson, project design, beginner drafting, testing, reflections/conclusions, and final evaluation. It has had huge success with grade 6-9 classes. [may be revised]
|Build Your Online Design Classroom with TinkerCAD – 3D Design & Electronics||Travis Lawrenuk||Description:
Want to explore 3D Design/Printing or Electronics with your class but have limited resources? Learn how to build an online design classroom with Autodesk TinkerCAD – an accessible and free software that runs easily in your internet browser. I’ll show you how to quickly populate a classroom with your student list, walkthrough the simple but powerful 3D environment, illustrate the excellent built-in tutorial system, and more (like simulating electronic breadboards). This will be aimed for beginners – the software is simple enough for Grades 5/6, but still has important foundational learning that I use in high schools.
|Connecting with Indigenous ways of knowing – Planter boxes & indigenous species||Heather Elliott||Description:
This workshop will provide you with connections to the Indigenous ways of knowing with an introductory planter box project/ We will also explore how to incorporate local plant knowledge to your area.
This workshop is a make and take session, so be ready to build and get dirty planting.
Max – 20 participants
|Elementary ADST in the Classroom||Heather Elliott||Description:
This workshop will! explore a variety of hands on projects for the elementary classroom. We will cover Workshop safety using the “Head’s up” resources, and will go through what a building activity could look like. Participants will leave with a binder resource of activities and learning material supports to engage in the projects once they are back at their schools.
Max -20 participants
|Elementary ADST project ideas and resources||Jordan Perrault/Randy Grey||Description:
We have created many project building resources along with instructions on how to teach Design Thinking. If you have some project ideas and are willing to bring and share with us, there will be some tool give aways.
|Elementary ADST Share Session||Various Presenters||Description:
In this session a number of teachers will share, in 5-10 minutes, different ADST projects (Wood, metal, electronics, robotics, etc) that are happening in elementary schools that involve tools and equipment.
Share Participants – Please bring an example, handouts, links to a website, powerpoint or video to show your project. Please contact Steve Claassen @ firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up prior.
|Project Guidebooks and Resources for ADST||Dawn Anderson||Description:
We will come together and go over all our project workbooks that teachers can use in their classrooms to help guide them through their build. We will go over how we have set up our elementary schools with a class tool box. Finally, we will discuss our safety protocol for classroom use.
|Spooky Halloween Creations with Micro:bits||Kara Dawson||Description:
Embark on a delightful journey of melding creativity and technology in your classroom with this hands-on workshop. Crafted for elementary teachers, this session will cover the basics of how to use the Micro:bit while integrating the ADST (Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies) competencies. Experience the magic of turning simple ideas into interactive Halloween projects that foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity in young minds! Please bring your laptop computer to join in the fun!
|The converted Grade 7 ADST Classroom: From Class to Shop and Back||Martin Hartig||Description:
Following a district wide reconfiguration in 2008-2009 and subsequent dismantling of technology and trade learning spaces, Martin transformed his class into a hybrid classroom and woodworking shop. We will talk about the process and how to make your class more ADST friendly so that you can be an ADST champion in your school.
Martin Hartig is a Grade 7 teacher at Ecole Puntledge Park in the Comox Valley. He has transformed his classroom into an ADST “Making” room.
|The converted Grade 7 ADST Classroom:: Low Budget Value Added Tools, Tips and Materials||Martin Hartig||Description:
Low budget? No budget? No problem. In this session we will look at how to get started into making functional and beautiful projects with your class. Examples will be on hand, as well as a selection of tools, jigs and materials to explore how to repurpose pallets, as well as using dimensional lumber. Bring your ideas to share too!
|Automotive Program – New to teaching it?||Jordan Sanchez |
or Russell Evanisky
Automotive is a very traditional course that has been taught in BC schools.
In this session: methods, practices, and resources for teaching a successful Automotive, Power Technology, and Transport Trades programs will be shared.
|Automotive – Share Session||Various Presenters|
Or Roger Bortignon )
Automotive is a very traditional course that has been taught in BC schools.
This workshop is for teachers who currently teach Automotive, are new to teaching Auto, or are just curious about teaching Auto. This session will focus on sharing resources, making connections with colleagues, and developing a shared database of resources for those interested in teaching Automotive.
|Electronics – Making A Program Work||Dawson Ross||Description:
6 years in, I’ll cover some of the strategies that seem to work, along with some that don’t, for starting up and running an electronics program. The presentation will include the overall structure of the program, some specific projects and tutorials, methods for reducing chemicals/fumes, and other tips. There will also be some time for a Q & A at the end.
|Electronics – Jason’s Blinkiest Audio Project Ever!!||Jason Brett||Description:
Class D amplifiers really messed up my audio unit. Who wants to build a 1 watt LM386 amp, when you can buy a 40 Watt bluetooth receiver and amp for $7.00?? But how do I teach about audio, op amps and RC filters when a class D amp’s output doesn’t even look like an audio signal??
This spring I set out to integrate a 40W BT receiver into an audio project, filter the class D signal to a traditional audio waveform, and run it through classic RC filters to drive 3914/3915 chips to create a colour organ using classic analog techniques. The signal is also sent to a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller, running an FFT algorithm, to drive copious quantities of WS2812B “neopixel” chips. In so doing I have achieved a new “personal best” in blinkyness.
Did I mention it has a microphone for picking up ambient noise and voices, too? Come check it out… I may even have some giveaways for those who want to build one for their shop.
|Metalwork – Aluminum TIG welding for beginners||Chris Armstrong||Description:
This is an introduction to Aluminum TIG welding for beginners. Topics covered will include, online resources, material selection and preperation, tungsten selection and preperation, filler material, gas lens vs collet and more.
|Metalwork – Custom Knifemaking Demonstration||Gavin Scorer/Curtis Nicholls||Description:
Gavin and Curtis (President Canadian Knifemaker Supply Ltd.) will describe and demonstrate how to make a custom knife. The Workshop will be based on a two day Knifemaking Workshop they provided to eight Grade 10 Students last spring. Gavin will describe the contract the student and parents sign to ensure each student participates in a safe and meaningful manner. Curtis will describe and demonstrate the steps to make a knife from a piece of steel to a completed knife. Blade grinding will be demonstrated and heat treatment, tempering and handle making will be discussed.
|Metalwork – Jr. and Sr. Projects||James Cox||Description:
You’ve got a Metalwork 9-12 class. You have 4 different levels of kids. There’s only one of you and a bunch of them. How are you going to get a moment to breathe?
Come see how I’ve laid out classes with levels rather than grades. How the levels are scaffolded and then built upon with each subsequent level. Projects shared will include welding, forging, sheet metal, machining, and casting.
|Metalwork Project Share Out||Various Presenters|
Ryan Harmon Hosting
Metalwork is a very traditional course that has been taught in BC schools. In this session, participants will showcase different projects, a new technique or piece of equipment that is new into the metalshop recently. This share session will allow “Share participants” 5-10 minutes to share with the entire group. The success of this workshop relies on people sharing. A token of appreciation will be give to those that share.Share Participants –
Bring Your Grade 8 – Grade 12 Metalwork Project Ideas, Tricks and Tips lead by Ryan Harmon
Please contact Steve Claassen @ email@example.com to sign up prior.
|Metalwork – Welding Support for Tech Ed Teachers||Cody Vigeant/ Dayton Block||Description:
The CWB Group and CWB Welding Foundation has been supporting tech ed teachers in British Columbia for over a decade. Every year, supports are made available to teachers and schools in the form of student and teacher learning resources, capital equipment funding, conference attendance, youth program funding, and more.
This workshop will open up the opportunity to learn more about these opportunities and address how we can continue to support technology education teachers in BC.
|Misc/Pedagogical/Other – Integrating Online Resources for Enhanced Instruction||Breanne Gale||Description:
In this seminar, we delve into the dynamic world of online resources and their application in Technology education.
* Learn strategies for designing captivating online curriculum
Safety and Tool Instruction in an Online Setting
* Gain insights into the creation of instructional videos, demonstrations
* Discover effective methods for communicating safety protocols and delivering comprehensive tool instruction through online resources
Community Building in Virtual Woodworking
* Discuss the role of online forums, social media groups, and collaborative projects in building connections and sharing knowledge
* Adapting to Diverse Learning Styles
* Assessment of Online Woodworking Projects
|Misc/Pedagogical/Other – Crafting Connections: Infusing Indigenous Content into the Shop Class Experience||Breanne Gale||Description:
Integrating Indigenous knowledge, cultural perspectives, and traditional techniques into the realm of practical skills and craftsmanship
* Respectful Material Sourcing and Sustainability
* Nurturing Cultural Appreciation and Understanding
* Collaborative Learning with Indigenous Artisans
* Challenges and Considerations
* Practical Implementation and Resources
Explore the artistry of Indigenous traditions and the craftsmanship of the shop class, weaving together practical skills with cultural wisdom to shape a more inclusive and impactful learning environment
|Misc/Pedagogical/Other – Pre-service Technology Education teachers and their conceptual metaphors of teaching and learning||Kieran Forde||Description:
Explores pre-service Technology Education teachers and their evolving conceptual metaphors of teaching and learning as they transition from teacher candidate (TC) to proto-professional
|Misc/Pedagogical/Other – Salish Orca Ferry Tour||Michael Smit (BC Ferry Captain)||Description:
Michael will offer a tour of the Salish Orca that travels between Powell River and Comox. Go below deck and see how the ferry operates.
Subject to weather/crew.
Board the ferry between sailings during the afternoon sessions
Signup required with Steve Claassen
|Misc/Pedagogical/Other – Specialty Programs (Creative Collective, Physics & Engineering, ENTER, Robotics71)||Various Presenters|
(Dawson Ross/Steve Claassen/Troy Dakiniewich/Chris Armstrong/Tim MacDonald)
Comox Valley Schools have a variety of Specialty programs running at different schools. This session will focus on G.P. Vanier’s Creative Collective, Physics & Engineering 11 and Elementary/Secondary ENTER1 and ENTER2 Programs, Robotics71 and Trades Samplers
|Misc/Pedagogical/Other – STEM Learning through the use of Problem Based Challenges – taking the thinking classroom to the next level||Brian Yu||Description:
This session will explore the topic of STEM and how it applies to the modern classroom. Using new and old teaching methods, this session will offer participants a new take on traditional teaching and transform the roles of the teacher and the learner by integrating imagination, creativity, and teamwork into solving real world problems. You don’t need a shop/lab or lots of space, just your willingness to work together with someone else. Assessment methods and examples will be offered to help teachers with the Ministry of Education’s ‘new assessment’ model. The benefits of this teaching style will allow the teacher and the students to engage in a way that intersects ideology and diversity. This teaching method also allows for opportunities to engage with the various communities and their environment without the need and reliance on equipment and funding. This workshop session is best for student teachers or starting out teachers. This is also great for those of us who have been breathing shop air for way too long and forgot all about the machinist handbook and the colour code chart.
|Misc/Pedagogical/Other – TechEd 2.0: Reimagining Hands-On Learning in Digital Times||Kieran Forde||Description:
Join us for an engaging discussion, diving deep into the evolving landscape of technology education amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve woven insights from three pivotal studies within BC into an interactive dialogue that invites all participants to share, reflect, and strategize for our classrooms’ futures.
|Technology – Getting Started Teaching Fusion 360||Kevin Lee||Description:
So as we will talk more about Fusion 360 we really want to take a high level look at it and understand what it offers us, the different environments that it offers, as a connected collaborative platform. Fusion 360 unifies our design, with multiple CAD design methods, FEA Engineering design validation, Integrated CAM Manufacturing and even product design intelligence with embedded Electronics and PCB design into a single cloud connected software platform.
|Technology – Graphic design for those days you have a TTOC||Nigel Reedman||Description:
This workshop will go over a number of assignments you could leave for your students on days you have a non tech ed TTOC. Most the projects are short (could be completed in a single period) and centered around design elements. Although created for a computer based environment I will offer suggestions and some projects with worksheets/ write-ups that can be done without any computer access.
|Technology – Retrofitting out-dated CNC desktop mill/lathe||Grant Marshall||Description:
Our School had an unused and outdated 1998 vintage DOS based CNC milling machine. We updated the controller with current drivers and use Mach 4 for motion control. We will show how this was achieved, obstacles, costs, etc and what we use the mill for school projects.
|Technology – Teaching Concept to Reality- Fusion 360 CAD/CAM||Kevin Lee||Description:
A Fusion 360 deep dive into teaching design concept to reality with integrated CAM manufacturing workflows that include 3D printing and cnc machining. Learn how parametric modeling will embrace your design intent and transition into the both additive and subtractive manufacturing workflows.
Join our interactive Fusion 360 presentation to learn and teach the new skills employers are now looking for.
|Trades – Pathways to a Skilled Trade||Layne Clark||Description:
This workshop will provide educators with an overview of the College of the BC Building Trades – an association of training providers that are connected to construction unions in BC. With over a dozen trade-specific schools, we are BC’s most comprehensive college specializing in the building trades and a leading authority on trades training in BC. During this workshop, we will provide an overview of the joint-board training system, explore the many skilled trade careers available to students, introduce the essential skills resources available for students and teachers and showcase the innovative opportunities for collaboration with school districts.
|Trades – Skills Exploration (Youth Explore Trades Skills) Modules||Tim MacDonald||Description:
Skills Exploration 11 is a course being offered around the province related to different “Trades” modules (Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry and many others).
Information can be found HERE on all the different modules. The focus will be on labs, projects, ITA funding for this course.
|Trades – SkilledTradesBC Youth Programs||Maureen Phoung||Description:
SkilledTradesBC is the organization the advances BC’s skilled trades training system. We will present an overview of the available Youth programs and how you can offer these opportunities and/or how to support your students in accessing them.
|Woodwork – Art Meets Technology – Restoration of a Heritage Eagle Sculpture in the Alberni Valley||Dan Zaklan/Ryse Nye||Description:
Emphasis on the Technology aspects of the Sculpture restoration. The Eagle Sculpture has a 7 foot wing span and is on display at the Harbour Quay in Port Alberni. Materials used included Western Red Cedar, Gudgeon Brothers West System epoxy and fillers as well as fiberglass. Restoration techniques as they apply to boats will also be covered. Epoxy primers and Two part polyurethanes from the marine industry were also utilized. This project took approximately 400 hours to complete.
A power point presentation and examples of the products will also be included.
|Woodwork – Bentwood Shaker Boxes and Trays||Steve Cecchi||Description:
Come and learn about this traditional form of box making and incorporate it into your wood shop program. Kids love it and it’s easy to achieve success! Find out about appropriate wood species, forms and molds, steam boxes and other necessary supplies. Lots of free take-aways to get you started right away in your own shop.
|BC Wood – Woodwork |
BC Wood is a Not-for-Profit Trade Association for the Value-added Wood Sector in British Columbia. We are Developing an Entry-Level Program designed to promote our industry and get workers “Work Ready” in 4 weeks. We believe our program would complement those offered in your Woodworking Shops
|Woodwork – Getting creative with epoxy||Andy Strothotte||Description:
Introductory tips and tricks in making projects using epoxy resin.
|Woodwork – CNC/Laser Engraver incorperation and How to use EAs effectively||Troy Dakiniewich||Description:
For the first half of the workshop we will be demonstrating how to incorperate inkscape, autocad, and vcarve to create custom cutting boards and other Laser focused projects. We will talk about how implementing technology is a way to hook kids into your class and an effective way of meeting the Big Ideas of the new curriculum. Examples will be given.
During the second half of the workshop I will be talking about how to get EAs engaged in your program and ways to have them be a help and not a hinderance in the woodshop.
|Woodwork—18 years, but who’s counting|
After 18 year, but who is counting… Paul will share an assortment of projects, plans, jigs and specialty tools that have been working well for him teaching in a high school wood shop in Campbell River.
|Woodwork Share Out||Various Presenters|
Come to the woodshop where we will be a sharing wood projects that we are doing in the woodshop. Bring an example of something you are doing that works well and engages your students. Plans and handouts are encouraged but not required. Photos of projects would be a plus, there will be a computer and projector if needed.
Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2023
Time: 12:00pm – 5:30pm (To accommodate same day travel)
Location: Crowne Isle Resort (399 Clubhouse Dr, Courtenay)
Preregistration is required (we will accept more than one person from a district at this collaboration session). Please contact: Peter Orlandi to register.
Lunch will be provided.
Listed below is the agenda for the 2023 BCTEA District Collaboration Session. Each School district is asked to provide a district rep person to attend the annual Technology Education Collaboration Session to learn the most current information concerning Technology Education, and to provide input to the BCTEA executive from their district.
If you are a District Rep or LSA president, please pre-register by contacting Peter Orlandi, to confirm your attendance at the session. It would be appreciated if you could do this by October 1st, 2023.
2023 PSA Collaboration Session Letter – to be given to a School District Administrator if needed about the day
|12:00pm – 12:30pm||Working Lunch and Introductions||Nigel Reedman|
|12:30pm – 2:00pm||1) President’s Report|
2) Local Representative reporting out, Provincial successes/issues
3) BCTEA Updates/Goals
• Best Practices Guide release.
• Website and communication to members.
• Shop resource creation
• Bargaining goals moving forward
• Local Specialist Association (LSA) grants.
|District Reps that are present|
|2:00pm – 2:15pm||Break|
|2:15pm -2:35pm||Construction Foundation/ Skills Ready – Opportunities for students and Tech Ed Teachers in skilled trades||Jordan Perrault, Rene Ragetli and Randy Grey|
|2:35pm – 3:05pm||Skilled Trades BC. Increasing student (and Tech Ed Teacher) involvement in trades training paths||Maureen Phoung|
|3:05pm – 3:25pm||Opportunities from the Canadian Home Builders Association of BC. Increasing student involvement in construction trades.||Paul Zelinski & Dani Ferenc|
|3:25pm – 3:45pm||BC Wood – From wood shop to work ready in manufactured wood trades||Sean Goldie|
|3:45pm – 4:00pm||Break|
|4:00pm – 4:15pm||Updates from BCIT/ UBC TTED program||Roger Bortignon & Kieran Forde
|415pm – 5:30pm||Increasing Tech Ed teacher graduates and non-traditional entry points into teaching. (small group planning)||Nigel Reedman
The following accommodations have blocks of rooms set aside for BCTEA Conference delegates. A booking CODE or Direct Link to the Conference Block of room is listed below. These accommodations are along the main road through Courtenay with many “establishments” and the Friday Night Social within walking distance.
Best Western – The Westerly Hotel
$153 (2 queen) + Tax
Call hotel directly and quote “BCTEA”
Free Breakfast & Parking
Old House Hotel & Spa
$149.95 – $164.95 (King or 2 double) + Tax
Call/email and quote “BCTEA Conference GRP”
(Limited number of King/Double rooms at this hotel)
Outside Hot tub and Pool)
$154.95 (2 Queen) + Tax
Call hotel directly and quote “2310COMOXV”
Free Breakfast & Indoor pool with waterslide!
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
310 Hunt Road, Courtenay, BC
$159.00 (2 Queen Beds / 1 King) + tax
Free Breakfast/Parking & indoor pool!