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100 Youth In Mississauga Get Science'd!

03/16/2017, 3:15pm EDT
By Hamna Awan

VOSNL STEM DAY

This Saturday, over 100 youth from low-income and marginalized communities in Mississauga and nearby areas will be getting a firsthand look at the science happening at the University of Toronto Mississauga and its application to the real world.

Visions of Science Network for Learning, a non-profit organization operating primarily in the GTA will be bringing some 115 participants from its Community STEM Clubs program to take part in ‘STEM Day’. As part of this event, participants engage in workshops where they will not only have the opportunity to tour labs and facilities but will learn firsthand from the members of the UTM faculty about the research they conduct.

The day will begin with an Opening Ceremony in The Innovation Complex on the UTM campus, hosted by Executive Director Dr. Eugenia Duodu. Guest speakers include Ulrich Krull, Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of UTM, and Natasha Bond, a representative from the Amgen Foundation, one of the organization’s funders. Following opening remarks will be two rounds of workshops wherein participants will be traveling to different parts of the campus to engage in interesting talks, tours, and activities hosted by members of the UTM faculty.

“Our goal for this event is to increase STEM engagement and spark an interest amongst youth, while also exposing them to the university environment.” said Dr. Duodu. “The nature of our programs coupled with our relationship with UTM made STEM Day a very natural next step in engaging the two. We have Canada’s leading research university so close to us and it’s important we expose our youth to that.”

The day will conclude with a closing ceremony. Expected in attendance are some 115 youth, 50 volunteers, 20 guests and parents, and representatives from the University. STEM Day is to take place this Saturday March 18, 2017 at the UTM campus.

Visions of Science is a charitable organization that seeks to advance the educational achievements and career aspirations of youth from low-income and marginalized communities in STEM fields and research. One of their most successful programs, Community STEM Clubs, has engaged over 500 youth on a yearly basis in 19 different communities across the GTA and Hamilton. By providing consistent and barrier-free STEM learning and mentorship opportunities to underrepresented youth directly within their communities, the organization has been able to witness successful results, with 100% of the participants reporting an increased interest in science and in their confidence with delivering science-based presentations.

To learn more about the organization and the work that they do, please visit www.vosnl.org. They can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter under the handle Visions of Science.

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