20 Years Strong
A message from President & Founder Bonnie Schmidt
When I founded Let's Talk Science, I had one goal in mind: to prepare youth for success in a rapidly changing world. 20 years later, the objective of engaging Canadian youth in meaningful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning has become even more critical as most jobs now demand or benefit from STEM-related skills. We are facing unprecedented global challenges that require the engagement of thoughtful, informed citizens.
Over the past 20 years, Let's Talk Science has grown, evolved and innovated to achieve the following essential outcomes:
- positive changes in youth attitudes and intentions to pursue STEM (in high school and beyond)
- a marked increase in the skills of youth and young adults
- educators with improved proficiency in engaging children and youth in STEM
- and an increased awareness and understanding of the importance of STEM learning in the general population
With a consistently bold vision and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, Let's Talk Science has made a considerable impact. Our own research clearly shows that we are shifting youth attitudes, helping them build invaluable life and learning skills and making a difference in the lives of everyone we reach. External data is also showing that our work is on the mark – more Canadian students are graduating from university STEM programs than 10 years ago, including PhDs, applications for STEM university programs are on the rise and more female students are taking STEM courses.
Let’s Talk Science's staff, volunteers and supporters can be very proud of the indelible impact they've had on over 3 million children, youth, educators and parents across Canada.
Despite our many successes, we know that systemic change takes time. We've come a long way in 20 years and are beginning to see positive shifts in attitudes, competencies and awareness in Canada. But, there's more work to be done. Here's to another 20 years of engaging, inspiring and leading the way.
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