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Alberta high school students have chance to participate in STEAM summer program

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October 15, 2020 at 10:59 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

More high school students in Alberta will have the chance to participate in a hands-on summer experience solving problems with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

The Alberta government has announced a partnership with Shad Canada to create more opportunities for Grades 10 and 11 students to take part in a STEAM and entrepreneurship summer program.

“Today’s students are the future drivers of Alberta’s economy,” said Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange. “The partnership with Shad Canada will empower more high school students from all walks of life to explore their passions and develop their potential. They will learn to build the mindset, skills, and networks they need to be successful and make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world.”

Through a four-year funding partnership, Shad Canada will receive $125,000 per year to expand recruiting to more high schools and provide bursaries to more female, Indigenous, and low-income students, as well as those who live in remote or rural areas.

Between the 2020-21 and 2023-24 school years, Shad Canada is committed to partnering with 25 new Alberta high schools outside of urban centres and increasing the average number of Alberta participants by about 40 percent. They also want to increase the number of Alberta applicants to receive at least 550 applications from high-achieving youth from diverse backgrounds, and ensure that at least 55 percent of participants are female.

Shad Canada offers the STEAM and entrepreneurship program every July at 19 Canadian universities. During the month-long program, 1,000 high school students across the country participate in seminars, labs, and hands-on learning.

Shad Canada will be contacting Alberta high schools this fall to set up recruiting sessions. Students may apply for the program during the winter, and successful participants will be selected in the spring.

Schools and students can find out more about the program and application process at shad.ca.

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