Innovative learning tools will be used to teach thousands more southern Ontario students about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields thanks to a Government of Canada investment of nearly $1 million in Partners In Research.
“To drive innovation development, long term economic growth and job creation, our government recognizes the importance of encouraging our youth to pursue educations and careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). “By working with Partners In Research to prepare the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow, we are helping to sustain the economy in southern Ontario for generations to come.”
With a contribution of up to $986,820, Partners In Research will expand its Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) program, an interactive science-based program in southern Ontario, which links researchers with students from grades 5 to 12, and provides virtual field trips using video conferencing technology.
“Partners In Research is very pleased that FedDev Ontario has invested in the Virtual Researcher On Call education program,” said Kevin Couglar, Interim Executive Director of Partners In Research. “Through this contribution, thousands of students will have access to VROC programming, which will inspire them to consider career choices in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. This investment will create opportunities for students that will translate into entrepreneurial and academic opportunities in southern Ontario for years to come.”
This investment is provided through FedDev Ontario’s Youth STEM initiative, aimed at encouraging students in kindergarten through grade 12 to pursue an education or career in STEM fields. For more information about the program and Partners in Research, please refer to the backgrounder.
Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified.