Stimulating curiosity through science and history
Archéo-Québec’s offer combines history, mystery and pleasure all through an approach that is 100 % scientific. Archaeology is a science that has its own methods and techniques that shed light on the past and allow us to understand our collective history.
A dynamic educational tool
Intended for students in cycles two and three of elementary school, the educational kits designed by Archéo-Québec bring young people into contact with professional archaeologists, encouraging discussion and making archaeology and archaeological evidence more accessible. Through a range of diverse activities and approaches, students discover over 12 000 years of history, First Peoples and Euro-Canadian lifeways and developments that have marked the history of industrialization.
Students are given the opportunity to see and touch artifacts interpreted and presented by REAL archaeologists, who introduce their profession and archaeological discoveries through one of four productive themes relating to aspects of the students’ everyday lives: Food, Shelter, Defence, and Health. A fifth theme, What’s archaeology?, completes this series by presenting the scientific aspect of the discipline. Young people are invited to take part in multiple experiences that appeal to their senses and let them play a true role in their own learning processes.
This project, initiated in 2006 in accordance with the program of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et des Sports, promotes the learning of numerous curriculum-related competencies and helps to stimulate young people’s interest and curiosity with respect to Québec’s history and archaeology.