Government of Canada Encourages Youth to Pursue Careers in Science through Investment in Educational Outreach Programming


Perimeter Institute has received a $1.73 million grant from the Government of Canada to boost its educational outreach initiatives and further encourage youth to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The new grant will see a series of high impact activities for students, teachers, and families across southern Ontario that focus on critical thinking, careers and entrepreneurship in the STEM fields.

The investment was announced at Perimeter by Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). "By introducing students to the STEM fields at this critical point in their education, we are encouraging the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and problem solvers, and helping to drive innovation in southern Ontario for years to come," said MP Braid. "This is how we will establish competitive businesses, and create the high-value jobs of the future and long-term prosperity for the region."Perimeter Institute will use the investment to enhance its educational outreach program with the BrainSTEM Initiative, which involves a suite of activities including an in-class multimedia module for grade 10 youth, teacher training on the content, online resources that merge digital media content creators with experts on STEM, and a public launch event in October of 2013. "The delivery of this outreach program will debunk misconceptions about STEM careers, and provide opportunities for students to make connections between crucial life skills - like creativity, problem solving and collaboration – and the STEM subjects available to them in Canadian schools," said Greg Dick, Perimeter Director of Educational Outreach. "The enhanced outreach activities will help show young people that there are emerging and valuable careers available in the STEM subjects, and will help to build a future talent pool in these fields in southern Ontario."

About FedDeV ONTARIO

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region's strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region's businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified. To learn more, please visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter, and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Perimeter also provides a wide array of research training and educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers, and the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, Perimeter is a successful example of public-private collaboration in scientific research, training, and outreach. http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/

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