Science and technology surround us. It’s part of our daily lives: all day, every day and everywhere we go — from the quality of the air we breathe to the latest technology for heart surgery. Yet most Canadian youth graduate high school without the prerequisites to pursue post-secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.
Whether their paths will be skilled trades, college, university or fulfilling roles as science literate citizens, STEM is relevant and important to understanding and participating in a world underpinned by science and technology.
It is imperative that we act now to meet the increasing demand for citizens with a background in STEM — the futures of our youth and Canada’s future productivity, innovation and competitiveness are at stake. Together, we can inspire the potential of a whole generation.
Why Inspire Futures?
STEM education is an excellent platform for learning; it encourages problem-solving, communication, observation and teamwork. From an early age, we interact with our environment, asking questions and seeking answers. This question-and-answer process lies at the heart of understanding and doing STEM. It’s a way of knowing and thinking about the natural and physical components of the world we live in.
Help us make a difference and empower inquiring young minds with a gift to Let’s Talk Science. With your support, in the next five years, our proven programs can inspire five million youth who may not realize the important role STEM has to play as they grow and plan for their futures. We plan to reach youth in urban, rural, remote and First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, in both official languages.
Our programs and resources begin with preschool and continue through high school, while supporting educators with valuable tool and resources.
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Impact of Your Support
Since our inception, through the generosity of a number of forward-thinking corporations, foundations, government, agencies and individuals, Let’s Talk Science has grown, innovated and evolved. With a consistently bold vision and pioneering approaches to teaching and learning, we’ve made a considerable impact on the Canadian educational landscape.
Over the past 20 years, our award-winning programs have engaged over three million youth in STEM at all ages, while supporting their educators. Additionally, we mobilize an impressive world-class network of trained volunteers and excel at leveraging partnerships.
Research and evaluation demonstrates that Let’s Talk Science programs positively affect participants:
- IdeaPark and other Let’s Talk Science early learning programs build language, problem-solving and inquiry skills in children. We significantly increase the frequency at which early years educators engage young children in STEM inquiry and build on their natural wonder and curiosity about the world;
- CurioCity is addressing the gap between educators and youth in Grades 8-12 by redefining “relevance” to make STEM learning more meaningful and engaging;
- Let’s Talk Science Outreach builds positive youth attitudes towards STEM and increased interest in pursuing post-secondary STEM studies and careers; and
- Volunteering with Let’s Talk Science builds professional skills that include communication, leadership, teamwork and planning in up-and-coming STEM professions.
Why Engage in STEM?
Active, hands-on/minds-on experiences, as well as research and problem-solving opportunities, build an understanding of what it means to know science. Doing science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, organize and test our ideas, problem solve and apply what we learn. Even more, STEM is a platform for building confidence, developing communication skills and making sense of the world around us.
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 post-secondary STEM 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 three million children, youth, educators and parents across Canada. However, there’s more work to be done to engage, inspire and lead the way. Only through your support can we reach our ambitious goal of engaging five million youth over the next five years.
Together, we can develop the “innovation generation!”
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