St. Paul Search and Rescue has made a commitment to education. Recognizing the crucial role that knowledge and expertise play in effective search and rescue operations as well as outdoor safety, St. Paul Search and Rescue actively promotes educational initiatives within its organization and the community it serves.
Through its dedication to education, St. Paul Search and Rescue offers training programs and workshops that equip its members with the skills necessary to handle complex search and rescue operations. These programs cover a wide range of topics, including navigation techniques, first aid, survival skills, and the use of advanced technologies and equipment. By incorporating STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) principles into their training curriculum, St. Paul Search and Rescue ensures that its members possess the technical know-how to effectively leverage cutting-edge tools and methods in their rescue efforts.
Moreover, St. Paul Search and Rescue extends its commitment to education beyond its own organization. It actively engages with local schools and community organizations to inspire and empower young minds in the field of STEM. The organization organizes workshops, presentations, and mentoring programs that introduce students to the exciting world of search and rescue, while also highlighting the significance of STEM education for pursuing careers in emergency response and related fields. By fostering an interest in STEM from an early age, St. Paul Search and Rescue contributes to building a future generation of capable and knowledgeable individuals who can make a positive impact in emergency situations.
Robert Tymofichuk is an experienced educator at New Myrnam School and a dedicated member of the St. Paul Search and Rescue team. As the recipient of the Prime Minister's STEM Award, he actively promotes STEM education in his classroom, integrating real-world experiences and practical applications.
Through his involvement in search and rescue operations, Robert has witnessed the importance of teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in high-pressure situations. Robert's passion for teaching and his experiences with the St. Paul Search and Rescue team have shaped his teaching philosophy. He believes in empowering students by sharing the valuable lessons he has learned. By infusing his classroom curriculum with practical applications of STEM skills, Robert aims to inspire students to explore STEM fields and make a positive impact on society. Through his role as an educator, he nurtures the next generation of innovators and compassionate individuals, equipping them with the resilience and adaptability needed to serve their communities effectively.
Navigation and Survival Skills
New Myrnam School has used the expertise and equipment of St. Paul Search and Rescue to offer two CTS modules in the school's Outdoor Education Program.
WLD1060: WILDERNESS NAVIGATION - Students develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge in wilderness navigation to enhance their outdoor experiences. Students were able to learn orienteering skills by using St. Paul Search and Rescue's GPS and compasses in Mr. Tymofichuk's Outdoor Education classes.
WLD1130: OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS - Students develop and demonstrate the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required for responsible participation in a range of outdoor activities. In this course, students learned winter survival techniques such as fire making and shelter construction.
Mr. Tymofichuk has used St. Paul Search and Rescue's DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise in his Science Class. Students learned about how infra-red radiation can be used to locate a lost person or can be used for detecting hotspots in a forest fire.