How many people can say they were published in a magazine before they graduated high school?

A group of Alberta students can, thanks to an innovative learning project that saw kids in Grades 1 through 9 from 13 Calgary-area schools create their own publication, Rocky View Geographic.

Using Canadian Geographic as a model, the students explored the humanities and sciences through inquiry into their communities and the natural world, then shared their learnings in words and photographs. Throughout the project, the students connected with dozens of local experts and volunteers to learn about the environment, photography and journalism.

More than 20 different editions of the magazine were produced, showcasing work from 700 students across the Rocky View district. The magazines will be circulated throughout the district's 46 schools and be available in local public libraries. The project workflow is also available on Rocky View Schools' website for teachers who would like to create their own publications.

In the video above, the students react to seeing their work in print for the first time.