Following a successful pilot year, the CH2M Foundation once again awarded a $25,000 grant to Canadian non-profit, Let's Talk Science. Funding was directed to the organization's "Let's Talk Science Challenge", which took place in Calgary last week and Ottawa the week prior.
The one-day event held in Calgary drew 300 students in grades 6 - 8 from across the city to compete in team-based events (a Jeopardy-style question period and hands-on design challenge), where they accrued points to ultimately be crowned city champions. CH2M's Calgary office volunteers took part as judges, and did an excellent job keeping pace with the young science enthusiasts.
The day was kicked off with an address from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a message from CBC's Rick Mercer, followed by a welcome from Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, and was wrapped up with CH2M's Reece Bishop who shared why he is passionate about science and engineering.
According to Let's Talk Science, by the time this group of students graduate, over 70% of jobs in Canada will require STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) knowledge or expertise.
"Science, technology and innovation underpin the future of Canada's economy and the emerging career opportunities for our youth. Jobs in every field require creative, curious and critical thinkers who are able to make connections and work in teams to solve real-world problems. With the support of funders like the CH2M Foundation, we work to facilitate children and youth to develop their full potential and realize how STEM is interconnected with so many careers," said Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Let's Talk Science President and Founder.