Grade 9 Oil Sands Inquiry

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Elizabeth Lahl, Langdon School, Grade 9 - Rocky View Schools

This year long inquiry revolved around the inquiry question: “Are the oil sands sustainable for all Albertans?”

Through in-class research, class discussions and meeting with different stakeholders, students explored their ideas and perspectives on the Alberta Oil Sands. Students became aware that decisions made regarding the oil sands have a multitude of impacts on a variety of areas of life (health, politics, environment, rights, first nations etc.).

Students  travelled to Fort McMurray to see the Alberta Oil Sands for themselves, met with different stakeholders and discussed multiple perspectives.  Throughout the year, various experts were invited into the classroom to deepen the student's understanding of what the students were researching.

Project Overview, including curricular connections, design, and resources.

Watch the video featuring interviews from students about the inquiry project. 

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“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton