Burnaby, British Columbia, July 7, 2010 — Young Canadians will have greater opportunities to learn about science and engineering, thanks to a new federal investment. Speaking at Science Alive at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced funding for 51 organizations across Canada to encourage the next generation of young scientists and engineers to learn about subjects such as robot programming, environmental science and renewable energy.
“Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Minister Goodyear. “Through our government’s investment, this program is encouraging young people to discover and learn about science and engineering, and support Canada’s future economic growth.”
Through Actua, a national charitable organization, a program called Science Alive will receive funding in Burnaby. Science Alive is a student-run, not-for-profit organization based at Simon Fraser University that is dedicated to giving youths the opportunity to explore science in a hands-on dynamic way.
Over $3 million will be invested through the PromoScience program administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Organizations funded through these grants include universities, non-governmental organizations, museums, science centres and other groups from across the country.
“Training is one of the most important parts of NSERC’s mandate,” said Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. “By making science interesting and accessible, these organizations offer a very valuable service. They provide the spark that can inspire people to choose careers in science and engineering.”
The PromoScience program offers up to three years of funding to organizations promoting science and engineering to young Canadians. A complete list of recipients can be found on the Grants Recipients 2009 page.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 28,000 students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. The agency promotes discovery by funding more than 11,800 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.
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Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada