Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC), operator of the Hibernia platform, announced today that it has invested $1.9 million to support Let’s Talk Science, a national, charitable science outreach organization, in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The three-year, transformational investment from HMDC allows Let’s Talk Science to increase youth and educator participation in its award-winning science learning programs. These programs engage children and youth while developing their critical thinking skills, improving confidence, and building positive attitudes towards higher education.
“Science provides a powerful learning platform that encourages youth to explore the world while building critical skills, attitudes and knowledge that will help them become 21st century citizens and innovators. Engaging more youth in science, engineering, technology and math helps build an innovative and competitive future for the province,” said Bonnie Schmidt, Ph.D, President and Founder, Let’s Talk Science. “We are thrilled by the Hibernia investment and are committed to building on our two decades of experience in youth development.”
“Sparking students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM, increases the possibility that they will pursue careers in those fields. If they do they’ll be well positioned to work within the energy industry and in doing so contribute to the prosperity of the province,” said Jamie Long, HMDC president. “Hibernia is proud to be associated with the Let’s Talk Science program. We will be announcing support for a number of exciting STEM programs during the coming months.”
As part of this strategic investment, Let’s Talk Science is expanding its operations in all program areas, hiring employees now and more in the future in Newfoundland and Labrador. These employees will support all of Let’s Talk Science’s program areas targeting preschoolers all the way to senior high school. Their focus includes supporting the Let’s Talk Science Outreach site located at Memorial University and increasing the Let’s Talk Science Outreach program to expand into additional rural and remote schools across the province.
For early years and Kindergarten educators, Let’s Talk Science will provide more support and distribution of the Wings of Discovery resources and workshops. In the Grades 6-8 level, there will be a focus on enhancing and expanding the All Science Challenge. Let’s Talk Science will also support high school educators by providing them with curriculum-aligned, web-based teaching resources through www.ExploreCurioCity.org.