A recap of FKRM’s Take Your Kids to Work Day
Nine grade nine students visited FKRM as part of Take Your Kids to Work Day.
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management was lucky to have nine grade nine students visit campus as part of Take Your Kid to Work Day this November.
Cooper Fast, Elizabeth Anderson, Levi Cornish, Baylee Bohonos, Stephanie Gatin, Luke Tinley, Oliver Sonnichsen, Elliot McKay, Reese Barnett, and Kiara Blanchfield-Deleeuw got to spend the day learning a little bit more about what goes on inside the faculty.
Take Your Kid to Work Day, an annual career exploration event, allows students to better understand what it means to be a working professional. For FKRM, it is important to show off the variety of work happening throughout the faculty.
In the morning, students observed firsthand what their parent, guardian, or host does at the faculty, including Anderson and Gatin, who spent some time helping Douglas Brown, FKRM’s dean, document professors and the classes they were teaching.
During the day, a particular highlight for the young students was strategic planning with Ashley Gagnon, associate director of Mini U Programs. The students had the opportunity to see the hard work that goes into each Mini U Program.
“We got to make games as if we were counsellors for Mini U,” said Gatin. “And we got candy afterward. I enjoyed that.”
The grade nines also learned about neuromotor control research with FKRM faculty members, Veronica Silva and Jon Singer. The students were hooked up to a pair of treadmills to help them understand biomechanics, mobility, aging, and balance.
“It was pretty cool,” said Levi Cornish. “It just made me want to learn about it more.”
A few were also lucky enough to don the legendary Billy the Bison costume for a photoshoot.
“It was hot,” said Luke Tinely, one of the Billy mascots for the day. “That’d be my only complaint.”
Assistant professor, Dan Henwak and his students welcomed the grade nine students to participate in a guest lecture with Norbert Mercredi, a land-based physical education health facilitator. The lesson was an experiential learning period, where students participated with the class in traditional Indigenous games.
The students then wrapped up their day spending more time with the dean and this time joined by Brandi Smith. Each left their FKRM experience with a brand new UManitoba Bisons toque and a much better understanding of what their parent, guardian or host does at work and the faculty in general.