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OTTAWA, Monday, October 24, 2016 – Peter Schiefke, MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth joined the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation as they launched their new award program for Canadian youth pursuing a post-secondary education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Up to seven Canadian students will be awarded $25,000 each to attend a Canadian university or college to study in a STEAM field. Two of these awards will be given to Indigenous students. The winners will be flown to Ottawa and recognized at the Foundation’s first annual National Science and Innovation Gala on May 18, 2017.
- The STEAM Horizon Awards are made possible by a consortium of partners, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Shopify, Indspire, Facebook, Vintage Wings, CBC/Radio-Canada, and VLN Advanced Technologies.
- In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
- be 16 to 18 years of age at the time of application;
- have been recognized for accomplishments in a formal capacity (e.g. selected as a winner or participant of a science fair, patent application, conference presentation) or less formal capacity (e.g. founding a coding club, developing a course for kids, creating an interactive art installation);
- have obtained—over the previous year of study—an academic average of 85% or higher; and
- be preparing to enrol, or are currently enrolled in, the first year of post-secondary education (university or college) in a STEAM field in Canada.
- For more information or to apply, please visit http://steamhorizonawards.ca. Add your voice to the conversation on social media by using #STEAMHorizon.
“Fostering the next generation of great Canadian innovators is a critical component of connecting today’s youth with the knowledge-based jobs of tomorrow. The inclusive development of world-class talent in STEAM, including girls and Indigenous youth, will help our Government grow the country’s middle class. I look forward to working with the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation, and its partners, to continue getting young people excited about a future in STEAM.”
- Peter Schiefke, MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth
“Science and technology are all about renewal and looking to the future. As a modern institution, looking forward means finding new ways of reaching out to people that make science exciting and relevant. That is why the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation is pleased to partner with cutting-edge companies and organizations to create the STEAM Horizon Awards in support of the country’s next generation of great innovators.”
- Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
About the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation
The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation is a national charity providing support to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Donations to the foundation support projects and programs that inspire kids, share science, research innovation, and protect heritage. Learn more at foundation.techno-science.ca.