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Maria Nickel

Maria Nickel

Maria Nickel

Professionnal informations

STEM Educator
École Stonewall Centennial School




Region of Maria Nickel


  • English

Activities sectors

  • Teaching youth about space

Conferences types

  • Virtual conferences
  • In-person conferences anywhere in the country


Bachelor of Education After Degree 1995-1997.Brandon University, Dean’s Honour Roll Manitoba Bach of Phys Ed 1988-1992 University of Manitoba Major: Phys. Ed. & Athletic Therapy Minor: Social Studies. U Cal – Grad course - Atmospheric studies - 2017.University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Extended Studies. Grad Course 2011 Special Topics Curriculum: space learning for educators Classroom. Grad Course. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Extended Studies – Graduate Course 2009 -Space Academy for Bringing STEM to the K-12 Classroom. Canadian Space Agency MANITOBA CUBE SATELLITE TEAM – May 2017 to present. Director Student Spacefight Experiment Program (SSEP)- Interlake. Let's Talk Science Canada Teacher leader, Space Exploration Educator Crew teacher leader Space Center Houston. STEM EDUCATOR Interlake School Lake # 21,Stonewall, MB., Tomatosphere project participant 15 yrs, Teacher Director Student Spaceflight Experiment Program- Interlake S.D.


Maria is a grade 7 & 8 Science teacher who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and teaches in a small farming community in rural Stonewall, Manitoba. She has taught for the past 20 years STEM, Phys. Ed and Art for K - 8. Maria is director of the Student Spaceflight Experiment program for Interlake which has to date engaged over 1500 students and 21 teachers across her school division. She sent up 2 experiments to the International Space Station. The program garnered attention from local, Provincial and National media, and became a Global National feature story and a CBC National "Only in Canada" feature story. She is currently working as a mentor with 6 space club students as part of the Manitoba Cube Satellite -1 Engineering team designing an instrument for the Cube Satellite in collaboration with the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and York University. She ran a space club focusing on STEM for middle years students for the past 10 years. Maria is a winner of the Prime Minister’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Manitoba Teacher of the Year Group Collaboration . She is a Space Exploration Educator Crew member at Space Center Houston , Let’s Talk Science teacher leader, Honeywell Educators Space Academy International Ambassador and has been Keynote addresses at various conferences locally, nationally and internationally.

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