General Byng offers various academic programs to support the needs of our diverse student body. Below is a list and description of some of the specialized programs available at General Byng:
- Bike Shop - This program offers students a chance to learn how to do routine maintenance on a bicycle to keep it running well, complete minor repairs and ride safely. Students often explore some nearby bike paths and are introduced to the bike culture in Winnipeg.
- Computers - Students delve deeper into some highly used programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Adobe Photo Suite.
- Foods and Nutrition - Students are introduced to safe and nutritious ways to cook, as well as the principals of Canada's Food Guide and meal planning.
- Maker Space - Our maker space is a collaborative work space inside our library for making, learning, exploring and sharing creative ideas and solutions. Students in K to grade 6 are offered a variety of high tech (such as Ozobots, littleBits, etc.) and no tech (such as construction paper, art supplies, lego, etc.) tools. The tools and teachers encourage students to create something out of nothing and explore their own interests. These ideas help to prepare students with critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The space provides hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and boosts self-confidence in a problem solving atmosphere.
- Media Literacy - Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.
- Outdoor Education - This program offers students a chance for experiential learning outdoors. Students may complete a variety of activities (depending on the season and weather) such as; fire building, creating lean-to shelters, building quinzees, tying knots, identifying plants in the local landscape, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, etc.
- Performing Arts - students are introduced to a variety of drama skills such as improv, public speaking, mime, etc. in a safe and fun environment.
- Robotics - Students learn the basics of Lego Mindstorm robots and are introduced to coding through Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Students may also explore other forms and principals of robotics and electronics such as drones, circuitry, 3-D printing, etc.
** Note: Not all programs are offered all of the time.