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."

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About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.

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