CITYSTUDIO Sault Ste. Marie
CityStudio Sault Ste. Marie is an innovation hub at Algoma University that brings together municipal staff with post-secondary students, faculty and community to co-create innovative projects that contribute to key strategic goals and priorities of Sault Ste. Marie.
Looking for more information or how to get involved? Contact CityStudio Sault Ste. Marie Project Coordinator
Erin Riley, SH203
Our vision is for a more sustainable, equitable, and joyful Sault Ste Marie where youth are deeply engaged with problem-solving and civic leadership.to build a thriving community.
Our mission is to inspire, connect and mobilize students, faculty, and the city to collaborate and inspire youth-led action in the community and government.
CityStudio Sault Ste Marie launched in 2021 and is one of 15 CityStudios around the world. CityStudio is a proven model of experiential learning and civic engagement focused on developing tomorrow’s leaders by bringing municipal government to the classroom. CityStudio Sault Ste. Marie combines the experience of our communities, the expertise of our municipal professionals, and the innovation and enthusiasm of our students to create solutions to local challenges.
HOW WE WORK
Step 1: Convene City Staff
Each year we convene City staff to brainstorm projects and concepts that further the City’s strategic aims and goals.
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Step 2: Match Projects
Projects are matched with programs and courses within the university, ensuring a strong fit between city needs and faculty expertise and interest.
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Step 3: Design Projects Together
Students, faculty and the City staff work together to co-create pilot projects for the benefit of the community.
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Step 4: Launch Projects in Public
Students develop and/or test their projects in the community and create their final deliverables.
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Step 5: Share and Scale Projects
Project results are presented at HUBBUB - a showcase where all our collaborators connect to celebrate top projects and make permanent solutions.
“CityStudio encourages students to become more civically engaged, boosts innovation and drives a collaborative process that benefits everyone involved. It provides meaningful opportunities for my students to apply their skills with hands-on, real-time experiences that are directly integrated into their coursework. Students develop team-building competencies and professionalism that engage them in knowledge-creation, research, and analysis to creatively apply their skills to present real-world solutions to community challenges.”
Dr. Jody-Lynn Rebek
Assistant Professor with the School of Business and Economics at Algoma University
“The collaboration between Algoma University students and faculty and city staff through CityStudio has been a great success and has resulted in some amazing projects so far. The unique perspectives and problem-solving skills the students are bringing to solve important community issues is so exciting to see.”
Director of Tourism and Community Development
Benefits of CityStudio
City Studio provides interesting and relevant work-integrated experiential learning opportunities. Student participants will gain practical skills, problem-solving, and real world experiences to enhance employability while earning credits towards their degree.
City Studio allows Faculty to add relevant and engaging opportunities into their courses to deepen the learning experience for students. Access to practical and complex city projects, networking with city staff, and professional skill development are only a few of the benefits CityStudio has to offer Algoma U Faculty.
City of Sault Ste. Marie Staff:
City staff are able to use CityStudio to gain access to student experiments, research and prototypes that meet city strategies and goals. Our partnership provides them with assistance in moving projects forward and addressing challenges that may not have attention and resources prior to the collaboration.
Sault Ste. Marie Community:
CityStudio creates unique benefits for Sault Ste.Marie through each project and has created a city-wide network for new forms of community engagement. All CityStudio collaborators are stakeholders and stewards for uplifting our community and working together to create a positive impact.
Learn more about the projects that took form in the Fall 2022 and Winter 2022 semesters.View Projects
Learn more about the projects that took form in the Fall 2021 semester.View Projects