Exploring the connection between design and computational thinking across industry and educational contexts

In today’s fast-paced, technologically-driven world, it is of paramount importance that we take advantage of different ways to solve problems, to generate the most efficient solutions. One way to accomplish this goal is to adopt different ways of thinking about how we solve problems. It may be of great value to base problem-solving that we teach in education using basics of design thinking and computer science, two existing disciplines. However, research has not yet assessed how these types of thinking may be related across different contexts, like education and industry.

Instituting Composite Knowledge About Living Architectural Systems

This project seeks to accumulate information on several focused research initiatives, either recently completed or currently being conducted by partners of the Living Architectural Systems (LAS) group, and provide analysis of these with respects to their potential contribution to a paradigm of “living systems” in architecture. This project is embedded in the need to transcend the communication/methodological barriers seen in traditional interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Power of Archival Records in Independent Schools

This research will look to explore the ingest, management, preservation, use, and re-use of archives within primary and secondary independent schools with more academic rigour than has been attempted in the past. Independent schools have unique challenges that differ from those faced by public schools. The purpose of this study is to inductively create a very detailed analysis of the relationships between the records that are created at an independent school and their uses (and re-uses). Key concepts will emerge from the rich qualitative data, identifying problem areas.

Natural Language Generation for Intelligent Tutoring Systems

This project solves the problem of generating content for a conversational intelligent tutoring system (ITS). The ITS gives questions to the student and then analyzes their answer using machine learning algorithms. Based on the student answer, the system will give them the hints and teach them how to solve the question. Moreover, the system will interact with teacher to generate content included questions, hints, and answers.

Pilot-Scale Mycoremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Impacted Soil

Mycoremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon (PHC) impacted soil utilizes mushroom to decontaminate polluted soil. Specific mushrooms including shiitake, oyster and other white rot fungus have been successfully degraded a wide range of recalcitrant soil contaminants. However, this process is quite slow and is sometimes limiting. It is hypothesized that insufficient bioavailable phosphorus supply likely limits the mycoremediation performance.

Online Aboriginal Business Incubator

Online business incubation is a rapidly growing field. For many First Nations entrepreneurs who live in remote locations away from large cities, these online incubators allow access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable. While online incubators are becoming more prevalent, the majority of business incubators still operate through face-to-face methods. As such, there is a need not only for more developed online business incubators, but also online business incubators designed specifically for use by Aboriginal entrepreneurs.

Crowd-Sourced Bathymetry in the Northern Canada areas

The main objective of these two subprojects is to provide a web portal for uploading hydrography related data of sensors system embedded on fishing boat of volunteers in Canada Northern communities. Indeed, the geospatial portal will provide a comprehensive framework to allow for the storage, discovery and accessibility of the bathymetric and related oceanographic data from a data repository enabling to be functional including low Internet connection setup. Once, the data uploaded on the server, cross-validation and data format standards will be checked through the system.

The G.I.F.T (Girls Incredible Football Team) Project

Over the past decade, Jamaica has been described as having an increasingly high rate of violence, of which sexual violence against young people (mostly girls) is a “silent emergency”. Community activists and researchers addressing the issue of sexual violence within Jamaica posit that the culture of silence is a main contributor to the continued perpetuation of this atrocity. Sport is a conduit that addresses violence and encourages social inclusion and peacebuilding globally.

Stories without borders: A Canadian/Mexican study of translation practices and Indigenous language literacy

“Stories Without Borders” is a collaborative educational project between a Canadian and a Mexican research team, with the support of the Canadian NGO Education without Borders (EwB). The research problem addressed is: How can children’s stories written in English and other Indigenous languages for Indigenous children in Canada best be translated into Indigenous Mexican languages for Indigenous children in Mexico?

Using a Blockchain Cryptocurrency to enable an Educational Business Ecosystem

This project is to build the educational peer-to-peer infrastructure for young high schoolers or athletes to access services and goods from the experts in the respective field. For example, organizing or providing all the details for any sport’s session conducted by skilled instructor, and the system for instructor to be able to verify the session’s worth in a long run via feedbacks. In order to get this system more efficient, first a cryptocurrency “wisdom pearls” will be created on peer-to-peer private network to mitigate the financial costs of payment gateways and bank.

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