Halton Catholic District School Board

Pathways Exploration Room

In December of 2019, the Pathways Exploration Room, housed at St. Joan of Arc in Oakville, hosted its first sessions. Students in grades 6 to 8 were able to explore a variety of stations related to different trades and industries

360 view of the room

Stations include:

  • hairstyling & esthetics: different types of hair, accessories, hair straighteners, and nail polish are available to create unique styles
  • robotic arms: students use a controller to manipulate the arms to build structures, similar to using forklift or digger controls
  • woodworking: using a template, students first cut out a wooden cross on the scroll saw, then etch a design using a rotary tool
  • coding: for all levels of ability, students develop their coding skills on the computer
  • 3D pens: structures, art-work, fashion accessories, you name it! Students can create anything with these versatile pens.
Safety is key while working on the scroll saws
Coding concentration

Practicing with the rotary tool before etching the final design
Manipulating the controls are much more difficult than it looks
Free-hand or template? Which colour should I use?
I can’t decide. I’ll just use all the colours!
Funky nail designs
Students reflect on their experiences at the end of the day