Burnaby Festival of Learning is coming May 6-10th!
This year’s festival will investigate how personal and professional relationships, economic participation, and environmental awareness can all meaningfully promote and support life on our interconnected planet.
Check out the lineup in this year’s program guide, or subscribe to the newsletter so can be updated on BFOL events that take place throughout the year.
Burnaby Festival of Learning – BCIT Sessions
Electric Vehicle Energy Management Systems; Complicated, or Fun?
Register at: https://bcit.libcal.com/event/3667866
Learn how BCIT’s OASIS Electric Vehicle Charging Station manages to supply power to 10 EVs at once without disrupting the existing power needs at BCIT’s Burnaby campus. With a simple card game we can demonstrate how the power needs of Electric Vehicles can be met, without going over the physical electrical limitations imposed at the OASIS installation. Learn how the EVEMS juggles supplying power to charge your car, and have fun doing it.
Date/Time: Friday, May 6th | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Summit Centre, BCIT Library, SE-14, 3700 Willingdon Avenue
Alan Stewart, B.Sc., Research Analyst, Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team (SMART)
Alan has been at BCIT for almost 15 years with the SMART group dealing with Smart Microgrid technologies, including Energy Management Systems; gathering, storing, and displaying data from a myriad of sources and devices; creating websites; and learning new and innovative ways to bring the future into the present. Alan’s first game for BCIT was the SMART Microgrid Card Game, created as a tool to teach others what Smart Microgrids are all about.
Options for Retired EV Batteries: An applied research perspective
Register at: https://bcit.libcal.com/event/3667867
This session will discuss the move to electric vehicles as one piece of a set of solutions to help meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. You will learn about the challenges presented by retired EV batteries, how research methods can lead to solutions, and specifically what BCIT researchers are doing to mitigate the EV battery end-of-life challenge. The session will incorporate an overview of the research method, and will conclude by engaging the audience in a critical thought discussion around this issue and how it may impact them.
The presentation will include background and scope of the problem, description of research to-date, future research plans, general research approach, and engagement activities with the audience around this specific issue of EV battery end-of-life.
This session will be of interest to anyone who is interested in electric vehicles and reducing their carbon footprint.
Date/time: Friday May 6th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Delivery: via Zoom
Joey Dabell is a Faculty Researcher and Project Leader with BCIT’s multi-discipline Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team (SMART) Lab. She has over 30 years of experience spanning applied research, project management, post-secondary teaching, and engineering technology. Joey serves as project manager for the Lab’s Energy OASIS microgrid, the first campus-based microgrid to be built in Canada, and for the remote community electrification, and electric vehicle infrastructure applied R&D projects. She helps to coordinate training and outreach, and facilitates partnerships between researchers, students and faculty, community, and industry. Joey’s personal research activities are at the intersection of environmental issues and climate action with Science, Technology and Society (STS) Studies. She is committed to building partnerships and pathways to advance environmental literacy, develop sustainable communities, and empower individuals.
Cedar Weaving Workshop
Register at: https://bcit.libcal.com/event/3667873
Learn about cedar weaving from Shy Watters, a member of the shishalh Nation (Coast Salish) who also has kwakwakáwakw linage. At this workshop Shy will be instructing you in creating your cedar friendship rose, sharing the cedar tree of life, how the cedar is harvested and processed and the significance of cedar to our coastal nations.
All materials will be provided.
Date/Time: Friday, May 6th | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Place: The Gathering Place, SW1-1524, BCIT, 3700 Willingdon Avenue
Shy is a member of the shishalh Nation (Coast Salish) and also has kwakwakáwakw linage. Shy weaves intricate designs-and weaves patterns from her rich cultural background. Her medium is cedar. Shy has passionately been weaving red and yellow cedar since 1999 and continues to explore her art form with tenacity and enjoyment. The innovative patterns used in Shy’s cedar hats are popular and much of her work is sought after for cultural ceremonies. Here in Shy’s homelands of the shishalh nation (Sunshine Coast) Shy is well known for her work and she generally offers weaving courses throughout the year here on the coast and throughout BC. Since the pandemic Shy also provides online teaching and sells a variety of cedar kits also.
Open Courses and Resources: Free for the Taking and Using
Register at: https://bcit.libcal.com/event/3667876
- review what are open courses and resources
- consider why institutions are putting effort and funding into creating resources that are freely available to anyone with access to a decent internet connection
- talk about what differentiates various open models and licenses
- look at how to find open courses and resources
- discuss badging and how it fits into self-directed learning and microcredentials
Date/time: Monday, May 9th | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Delivery: via Zoom
Ian Linkletter is an Emerging Technology & Open Education Librarian at BCIT. He helps support Open Education initiatives, open technologies, and use of Open Educational Resources across BCIT and beyond.
Lin Brander is an Open Education Librarian at BCIT. Along with involvement in a variety of Open Education initiatives, she oversees the Open Education Grant program that supports faculty engagement with Open Educational Resource creation.
Pollinators, Plants and Invaders – How BCIT is Bringing Nature to Urban Environments
Register at: https://bcit.libcal.com/event/3667877
BCIT manages 154 acres that cover a network of habitats from parking lots to tree zones and protected riparian areas. Join us as we explain three important aspects of managing these varied urban habitats to encourage biodiversity. Although BCIT manages a large area, many of the things we’ll discuss work just as well in your own garden.
We’ll be covering our BeeCIT pollinator program, and the network of urban beehives that have been installed across our campuses. We’ll look at how invasive species management can benefit biodiversity and how horticulture best practices and planting can encourage wildlife and water conservation.
Date/Time: May 9th | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Delivery: via Zoom
Alveole: Alvéole helps businesses, schools, and various organizations meet their engagement and sustainability goals by bringing bees to their building. The goal is to make people fall in love with bees, build ecological awareness, and in time, more sustainable cities and food systems.
Tasha Murray, B.Sc, M.S.T. Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver
Tasha holds a B.Sc. (Ecology & Environmental Biology) from Thompson River University and a M.S.T. (Masters of Science in Teaching) from Portland State University. Tasha has been involved in conservation in the Pacific Northwest for over fifteen years and has worked extensively to manage invasive plants.
She lives in Burnaby with her family on a small acreage with a large garden, chickens and plenty of invasive plants to tackle. Tasha also volunteers on the local elementary school PAC, Girl Guides of Canada and BlockWatch.
Adam Dickinson, Manager –Transportation, Landscape and Grounds, BCIT
Adam has been leading BCIT’s Landscape and Grounds portfolio for the last 5 years. Adam’s passion for horticulture and sustainability have led to the introduction of BCIT’s first Invasive Species Management Plan, BeeCIT pollinator programming, edible and interactive gardens, improved landscape standards and much more. Adam is a red seal chef, drummer and as always adding to his knowledge as a horticulturalist.
Think Like A Scholar: How to Find Free and Open Access Scholarly Resources
Register at: https://bcit.libcal.com/event/3667878
Over the past few decades the research outputs from universities, governments, and other organizations have become increasingly accessible to the general public and there are now many routes for individuals to access the same information that professional researchers do. Librarians from BCIT will explain how you can search and access this information for free. We will discuss databases such as Google Scholar and PubMed, full-text finders like Unpaywall, the copyright exceptions that allow article sharing, and a multitude of other information resources that are available.
Date/Time: May 9th | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Delivery: via Zoom
Matthew Murray – When he’s not working as the Data and Graduate Studies Librarian at BCIT, Matthew spends his time co-hosting Book Club for Masochists: A Readers’ Advisory Podcast, co-organizing the Manga in Libraries series of webinars and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s Libraries & Education Day, editing the zine Two-Fisted Library Stories, and trying to read all of the comics ever. He also does Library/Education promotion for Manga Classics and is probably on Twitter far more than is healthy.
Deirdre Grace, Outreach Librarian at BCIT has worked in libraries for a long time and is excited to see more and more previously restricted information become accessible for all.
Digitizing and Editing Photos
Register at: https://bcit.libcal.com/event/3667267
In this session, you will learn how to scan printed old photographs and restore them to their former glory through editing techniques. Once you have restored your photographs we will look at the best places to store them so that you can easily find and share your photographs online.
Date/Time: May 10th | 10:00am – 10:45am
Where: BCIT MediaWorks, 3700 Willingdon Avenue, SE-14, inside the Library
Scott Watts has worked at MediaWorks for over 17 years and during that time has had plenty of experience with audio and video projects. With the recent expansion of MediaWorks offerings he accepts the new challenge of creating with 3D printing, 3D scanning and laser cutting.
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