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PotashCorp Kamskénow

About Us

PotashCorp Kamskénow provides engaging hands-on science and mathematics activities to Saskatoon Community Schools. The goal of this program is to increase science literacy, with the long-term aim of increasing the participation of Aboriginal people in the sciences.

The PotashCorp Kamskénow program is unique in the continuous nature of instruction. The same students are instructed weekly, during school hours, over a  13 week period. This regular interaction among Science Outreach Instructors, classroom teachers and students, results in a relationship where the enthusiasm for science and discovery can be constantly reinforced and have long term effects.

A variety of science disciplines represented in the College of Arts and Science (Archeology, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology and Physics) are introduced in the program. The last weekly session is hosted at the University of Saskatchewan campus, where students tour scientific laboratories, hear from University faculty about the work they do and participate in activities on campus.

Our Science Outreach Instructors are senior undergraduates or graduate students in the natural sciences, education, engineering or the health sciences. These instructors serve as role models from different scientific disciplines and cultural backgrounds.

We are currently seeking additional sponsors to complete the funding model needed to offer six levels of programming in 50 classrooms in 2016/2017.  If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please contact Lana Elias, Director of Science Outreach (lana.elias@usask.ca or phone 306-966-5776).

Application Information

We welcome applications for the PotashCorp Kamskénow program from teachers or school administrators who work in Community Schools within Saskatoon Public Schools or Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Lana Elias (lana.elias@usask.ca or phone 306-966-5776).

Registration for 2016/2017 is now closed.  Please contact our office if you wish to put on waiting list.  Applications for both term 1 (September - December 2017) and term 2 (January - April 2018) of the 2017/2018 school year will be accepted beginning May 29, 2017.

This link to the PotashCorp Kamskénow online application will be active beginning May 29, 2017.

In The News

Collaborative Science: A number of UofS initiatives honoured by Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Association
By University Communications, (online), October 12, 2016

Science, Technology, Innovation and Collaboration Awards by Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Association
By SREDA, (online and video) October 10, 2016

UofS Kamskénow Brings Science To Community Schools
By Jack Thompson, Sheaf, (print and online), May 19, 2016

PotashCorp Kamskénow Program Links UofS Math and Science Students with Community Schools
By EFN Staff, Eagle Feather News, May 15, 2016

The Science Behind Classroom Engagements: Outreach Program Builds Community Connections
By Michael Robin, On Campus News, (print and online), May 13, 2016

Discovering a Passion for Science and Math
By Damery Quinn, NSERC, May 11, 2016

PotashCorp Kamskénow Program Links UofS Math and Science Students with Community Schools
By University Communications, http://www.newswise.com, May 6, 2016

PotashCorp Kamskénow Outreach Program Featured on SaskTel MaxTV
by Chris Putnam, College of Arts and Science UofS News,  April 20, 2015

Science Programs Receive National Funding
by Carol Thomson, SaskatoonHomePage.ca, March 21, 2015

UofS Awarded Support for Science Activities
by Leslie Porter, University of Saskatchewan News,  March 19, 2015

Growing Through STEM
PotashCorp's Aboriginal Community Impact Update, Fall/Winter 2014

PotashCorp Kamskénow Program Receives Recognition
EIN Presswire, 

Saskatchewan Students Score High Marks in Science
By Joel Senick, Global News (video), October 9, 2014

SK Science Outreach Program Receives International Awards
Academica - Indigenous Top Ten, October 8, 2014

Science Outreach Program Receives International Awards
By University Communications, University of Saskatchewan News, October 3, 2014

Saskatoon Science Outreach Program Celebrates International Awards
By University Communications, University of Saskatchewan News, October 3, 2014

Award-winning PotashCorp Kamskénow program helps get kids excited about science
UofS Donor News, October 3, 2014

Partner Profile: University of Saskatchewan
by Andrew Dunlop, Rewarding Community-Engaged Scholarship,  July 24, 2014

PotashCorp Sponsors Grade School Sciences Program
by Paul Burke, SaskatoonHomePage.ca,  December 6, 2011

Science Program Getting Kids Hands-on with Learning
CTV News, December 6, 2011

In Canada, New Strategies to Help a Fast-Growing Aboriginal Student Sector
by Jennifer Lewington, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 20, 2011

Pleasant Hill School Students Enjoy Kamskénow
iPortal News,  February 11, 2010

Kamskénow: Promoting the Sciences
by Teri Rosenfelt, On Campus News, February 5, 2010

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Contact Us

Science Outreach

Room 121 McLean Hall
Division of Science
College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK Canada
S7N 5E6

Phone: 306-966-5776
Email: scienceoutreach@arts.usask.ca