Organization: Let's Talk Science

CanCode program to equip K-12 teachers, students with digital skills

The federal government is funding 21 projects across Canada in a program that will help develop the computer skills of the future in students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Funding will come from the $50-million CanCode program which is good for two years, starting 2017-18, and intended to equip up to one million students in…

Let’s Talk Science receives major funding boost

Let’s Talk Science (LTS) has received $12.5 million over five years from Industry Canada to quadruple its youth outreach programs to reach more than five million children from toddlers to teens. The beefed up programming will enable LTS address key barriers to youth engagement in STEM disciplines by enhancing its science, technology engineering and math…

Most Canadian youth won’t pursue STEM-based jobs

A majority of Canadian youth appreciate science-based disciplines and their importance but that interest doesn’t translate into pursuing science academically or in the workforce. A report by Let’s Talk Science and funded by Amgen Canada found 74% of youth recognized the importance of science but only 12% expressed interest in science-based jobs. FMI: www.letstalkscience.ca….

NSERC funds youth science promotion across Canada

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is providing $2.9 million to 58 organizations that promote science and engineering to youth. Delivered through its PromoScience program, the funds will be distributed to organizations like Actua (a national registered charity), Alberta Science Literacy Association, Canadian Mathematical Society, Let’s Talk Science, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada…

GrowthWorks invests $9.5 million in high-tech firms

GrowthWorks Canadian Fund is investing $9.5 million in three high-technology firms. The latest investments are in: Advanced Glazings Ltd ($2.5 million), Sydney NS, a manufacturer of insulated glass units; SaskAlta Base Oils Corp ($2 million), Calgary, which recovers and refines hydrocarbon resources from feedstock; and, Viron Therapeutics Inc, London ON ($5 million), an early stage…