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Online Education - Innovative, affordable, lifelong learning; for everyone, anywhere, anytime.

Question:What more can be done to cement Canada's place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
on 10/04/2016 1475582470
AukSun Consultants Ltd. is incorporated in Canada and UK, and registered in Pakistan. AukSun has grouped together multilingual promoters and developed .... Read more

AukSun Consultants Ltd. is incorporated in Canada and UK, and registered in Pakistan. AukSun has grouped together multilingual promoters and developed an online e-schooling systemAukSunLMS ( http://www.auksun.com/eSchool/summary.html ). We are seeking funds from funding institutions to operate AukSunLMS and build capacity to go global.We provide innovative affordable lifelong learning for everyone anywhere anytime. A working model is ready; comprising; clients, courses, learners, website, iOS App, advertising and CRM-templates. In our collaborative learning system, clients are; institutions, corporates and teachers who use dedicated web pages to teach their pupils in a customised and managed way. We facilitate and train our clients; and market and advertise their courses. We provide relevant ready-made courses to help our clients to jump start or upgrade.

We earn through subscribing students and this income is shared with respective institutes and teachers. We also earn from corporations according to the pricing plan they select. Corporations save significantly in their training budgets by adopting our methods.Subscribers learn at their own pace, from home/office on laptops/smartphones. Considering our volume-based business; prices are significantly lower than traditional schooling/tutoring.Collaborated business model is an innovative way to reduce entry barriers and enrol large groups of end users. Instead of competing traditional institutions, we facilitate them to provide better services to their learners. A win-win-win for AukSunLMS-institution-learner.

Benefits of eLearning are unmatched to traditional teaching methods. Learners benefit from AukSunLMS as a supplement (or replacement) to  traditional learning; saves time, cost and effort. Courses are available 24/7/365. Course quality is enhanced using better material, technology and methods. Learning is managed, upgraded, based on learning behavior. AukSunLMS imparts education through voiceover  presentations, videos and tests online. It manages progress, connects learners to educators, employers, funders and other sources. Seamless integration across all user-devises is provided to learners. A Certificate of completion is auto-emailed to the recipients.Major Expenses Our one-time cost and lower recurring cost makes it an ideal investment with significant ROI from Yr-2. AukSunLMS requires  $110,500 to operate. Funds are required to develop and expand globally through interactive website, learning management system, email  campaigns, courses and personnel. We will develop/buy quality educational courses as one-time purchase or percentage revenue sharing basis from prominent developers and teachers around the world. As cost is recovered, further distribution of courses will bear less cost. Hence we can mass market courses at a fraction of traditional competition (school fees, tuition fee etc.).Socio-Economic Aspect Millions of children/grown-ups around the world cannot afford quality education. Their talent remains undiscovered. AukSunLMS can teach/train them for as low as $10 per year. We will introduce an ‘Each-one-Teach-one’ program, wherein our Corporate and affluent clients/subscribers can contribute. (see auksun.com/eSchool/eschooling.html).

Sale Process We train Regional Representatives and Self Employed Teams (SET) for our sales. SETs will engage clients and train them to use AukSunLMS features; making and uploading courses, teaching pupilage through their webpage/s. SETs will earn through subscription of clients’ pupilage. (auksun.com/eSchool/careers ). Additionally, we send bulk emails and invite people to www.auksun.com/eschool. Visitors are directed to Children education, Professional Development or Corporate staff training pages showing catalogued courses. Subscribers are taken to the payment page and added to subscription lists for future follow-up (mailchimp).Website www.auksun.com/eschool is being improved for interactivity. We’ve collaborated with Yahoo (small business enterprise), Google (cloud for work, analytics, sites), Mail Chimp (email campaigns, lists automation), MSOffice, Acrobat, Vidyo, YouTube, Fiver, Online banking, facebook, Paypal, Mobify, SlideShare, Picktochart, WordPress, Shopify, Decision.io, PopMyAds, legaltemplates.net etc.Course Design; designed for the digital era; replacing blackboards using best mobile technology/apps (TIN/SCORM) to create courses, focusing long-term learning. We procure pre-developed quality course material from Canada, UK, U.S. and Australia etc. These are then customized, made interactive and uploaded for sale. (See catalog on eschool.auksun.com). Additionally AukSunLMS develops courses through collaboration with schools and their teachers, and other teachers worldwide (auksun.com/teach.html ). We continuously add courses for everyone’s use anywhere in the world; according to curricula, user-level, teacher preference, student requirements, etc.Services-        Customized web-portals for Institutions Corporations and Teachers (their ambiance, logos, color) giving edge over competition.-        Hands-on / online Training for clients to use AukSunLMS’s learning management.  - So they are up and running in no time.-        Making Courses (videos, voice-over presentations, quizzes, tests, automated emailing system, discussion boards, customized certificates)-        Training clients’ customers (children, parents, professionals, staff) - So the clients feel we are partners to their cause.-        MBTI analyzed learning behavior patterns - to identify ideal methodology for intended learners (introvert/extrovert preferences)-        Connecting independent learners with recruiters and corporations for jobs, Connecting entrepreneurs with funders

Products:

-        CPD for professionals (Finance, HR, Law).-        High gain, pre-made courses (to add value on client’s portals)-        Courses for independent learners-        Paper version courses (for people without internet access)-        Individualized unlimited cloud space to upload teaching material-        Discussion boards-        Motion detection cameras, Overhead projectors, seamless  uploading/streaming software for lectures or seminars.S.W.O.T Analysis-        Strengths: multicultural multilingual promoters - going global is  doable (Canada, UK, Dubai, India, Pakistan etc.)-        Weakness: Volume of subscribers needed to realize gains, hence  the low-price strategy. Internet availability-        Opportunity: People turning to smart-phones and eCommerce.  Rising cost of education-        Threats: Players with better financial muscle moving in first   (Tata, Coursera, Khan Academy) – get the early bird advantage.

Complete Business Plan, modus-operandi, financial forecasts, annexure, access to learning management courses can be provided (email your request to; azeem.khan@auksun.com ).

Credit: Home Schooling, School going children, Entrepreneurs, Executives, Immigrants, e-Teachers

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STEM Learning Ecosystem

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 09/14/2016 1473894497
Cross-sector collaboration of science and technology education providers can result in a "learning ecosystem" with high potential for scaling. See th .... Read more

Cross-sector collaboration of science and technology education providers can result in a "learning ecosystem" with high potential for scaling. See the attached document for details.

Credit: Organizations include UBC, SFU, Genome BC, BC Science Teachers Assn, & the Mitchell Odyssey Fdn.

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Calmversation

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 09/08/2016 1473342690
Tags: education  educators 
I firmly believe a collaborative and supportive relationship with teachers (k-12) is essential for an innovation mindset shift to occur. The big ideas .... Read more

I firmly believe a collaborative and supportive relationship with teachers (k-12) is essential for an innovation mindset shift to occur. The big ideas don't result from prescribed learning outcomes but rather the freedom to imagine and communicate possibilities. More than ever, it is essential we help teachers, parents and policy makers understand that "learning together" is the future of innovation in progressive classrooms and countries. I'd be happy to speak with you in further detail about why I left the public school system after 14 years. I recognized that the communication of ideas, peaceful problem solving skills and social emotional awareness are critical skills and areas that are weak spots in schools. I believe we can work together to better prepare our students, teachers and country for the future economy... my solution ='s calmversation (what Disney was to animation, calmversation is to education)

-Calmversation Learning Foundation

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True Calling Canada

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 08/31/2016 1472682489
True Calling is a one-stop multimedia resource that provides the requisite knowledge and tools to help people find and secure a job they will love. Th .... Read more

True Calling is a one-stop multimedia resource that provides the requisite knowledge and tools to help people find and secure a job they will love. Through a content-rich website and engaging programming, we provide inspiring and comprehensive career information that is second to none in terms of both breadth and depth. Our innovative multimedia platform takes a detailed look at every facet of selecting a career, including education and training requirements, future job security, economic trends, and so much more. We’re helping people find the career they’re passionate about and showing them the best path forward to achieve it.

Credit: ITA, JTSTL

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Create Core Educational Policies and Build Expert Teams to Create Evidence-Based Educational Technologies, Learning Environments, and The World’s Leading Mobile Education Platform to Assist Teachers and Students Nationally and Worldwide

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 08/31/2016 1472624552
The learning environments and educational approaches utilized in the majority of classrooms across our country (particularly publicly funded post-seco .... Read more

The learning environments and educational approaches utilized in the majority of classrooms across our country (particularly publicly funded post-secondary institutions) are based on educational practices developed hundreds of years ago before digital technology was available. This creates a situation where a minority of students get access to effective teachers, while the majority must suffer from poorly delivered education based on ineffective educational practices which often ignore basic pedagogy. This is a systemic issue of educational inequality (prevalent throughout our institutions), which I would argue is a fundamental root issue in Canadian society. Since many citizens are largely unaware that this is even an issue, the problem remains unaddressed as other progressive nations jump ahead in this area of innovation. High quality, evidence based education should be a right for all people, and we are not currently progressing towards that goal at the pace that is required within our current national and global situation.

The government has made post-secondary education more affordable and accessible, but there is still no standard of quality and very little application of evidence based educational technology and learning environments. There is plenty of research that has been conducted in key universities that proves the effectiveness of progressive educational approaches (although many universities do not yet have programs offered in the Learning Sciences).

To attract and keep the world’s best talent, Canada needs a clear goal: to become a world leader in digital education technology (particularly evidence based solutions that are scalable) that can assist individual learners as well as blended learning environments, both throughout our country and throughout the world. Canada should aim to create value for the entire world by creating cross-platform applications that will work well across mobile and desktop platforms (likely with the focus being on mobile to benefit the most people). Canada should see evidence based education as a right to all people, and should aim to provide it to all of its citizens as well as people in third world countries. There are many people (in Canada and throughout the world) who don’t have access effective schools or effective teachers, which leads to a lower quality of life.

The best way to support startups and growing companies is to focus on effective 21st century education for all Canadians. That means focusing on areas such as basic computational thinking, problem solving, programming, health education, project-based learning, basic learning sciences education, educational technology development, and harnessing creativity and collaboration by the practice of creating solutions that add measurable value to people’s lives and the environment. This is the basis for creating an entrepreneurial and creative society. If students undergo project-based learning using digital technologies, public-private industry partnerships will naturally emerge, and startups will begin to flourish.

Canada has a strength in ICT technologies, but very few attempts are currently made to retain the talent that we produce. The people who leave Canada to work at top technology companies are usually motivated learners who frequently engage in self-directed learning. If Canada can produce the best educational technologies, these technologies can scale up and target everyone all the way from our children to the top technologists to improve their learning efficiency as they learn new technologies. It is only natural that they will then be interested in being part of this educational movement and want to contribute tools and content to the new educational platforms that are created. Since this goal has the higher purpose of improving the lives of Canadians and people worldwide, people will likely want to participate if it also means becoming global leaders in this emerging market. As more devices and people are added to the internet, having the best mobile education platforms will ensure Canada’s economic viability moving forward in the 21st century.

Creating a demand for research in educational development will spur scientific growth and excellence within our higher educational institutions. There is already good research being done which can be leveraged, but implementing those findings and testing which approaches are the most effective will be a scientific exercise. This will involve taking all the leading innovations and creating a landscape of cooperative competition among educators and technologists as we learn which approaches are the most effective in which situations. If Canada conducts this research and publishes the findings, other countries will begin to look to Canada for the best insights into learning sciences and effective education.

We can also leverage these educational platforms to inform our citizens about the most pressing issues we face as a nation and a species. By teaching all people how to use technology effectively, companies will naturally start to grow. By teaching all people about clean growth and the environment, our startups can have a positive impact on the earth. By teaching all people about local and global issues and creating effective impact, our effort can be directed in the most beneficial way. This provides the perfect foundation for Canada to become a strong competitor in today’s digital world. Delivering distributed educational solutions that really work is the one of the best value propositions that Canada can offer to the rest of the world.

If Canada is successful in creating scalable educational technology that can be easily delivered to other countries, clusters and partnerships will naturally emerge throughout the world. Canada can utilize its progressive political situation to help lift the world out of educational poverty, which is in line with the goals of the UN. Most of the other large issues in the world are arguably symptomatic of the root problem: inaccessible or ineffective education. Mobile technologies can be flexible to work in situations where not many devices are available or there is low internet connectivity. For example, paper materials can be printed based on the curriculum content stored within the platform, which can also be stored locally on devices if there is no connection. Or, the application can enter a mode where only the teacher uses it to guide lessons and manage student learning and progress. This can help fix the teaching gap that exists in counties around the world as it would not require teachers to be fully qualified to deliver material that has been proven to be effective in such situations, such as flipped/mastery/personalized/adaptive learning technologies (and so on). I could dive into the details of effective educational approaches here, but it is hard to summarize years of research and innovation that has happened in the top private institutions around the world in several paragraphs. Of course, I would be happy to provide additional resources and research, as well as several reports I’ve written that contain my own ideas of how to implement such educational platforms and environments.

Creating educational policy that ensures the availability of evidence-based educational technology and learning environments to all people helps Canadians greatly in the short term, but even more so in the long term. If we combine the diversity of skills that Canadians already possess with the ability to create effective technologies, Canada will produce innovations across a large spectrum of sectors. This is likely the ultimate way to stimulate economic development, create jobs and improve the lives of as many people as possible.

It is only a matter of time before coding education becomes mandatory within Canadian schools, or at the very least widely adopted. By investing in innovative educational technologies, Canada will not only be avoiding the pitfalls of the current approaches to coding education, but will also prevent us from having to outsource the job to other countries to provide often untested coding educational tools to us. This will save us money and produce value in our economy since the relationship will work the other way around. Although it is a good idea to provide free education the people who need it most (such as people in low-income situations inside and outside Canada), we can also create economic growth by selling to other wealthy nations. This will be a natural result of ubiquitous evidence based education which empowers all Canadians with the digital and entrepreneurial skills needed in the 21st century.

If ineffective coding education is provided to new students, they may fail to properly learn these digital technologies and simply assume that they are incapable of understanding core concepts in this area. When this happens, we lose another potential innovator and the person’s ability to create change in the world is significantly diminished. What we need is effective coding education that has been developed using the insights already available in our research sector.

Instead of simply throwing money at this problem, we should aim to create highly effective teams of educators who have extensive expertise in the areas of pedagogy, progressive educational technology and learning environments. These teams should be paired with our best technologists to create powerful educational platforms that meet a list of criteria for providing the most effective education possible. The technology should be low-cost, and evidence based. It should be a general solution, which allows our leading educators to easily insert their educational content to create courses and modules that can then undergo iterative improvement as they are utilized and tested among the population. After educators insert their educational content onto the platform, this content can be delivered to students with applications that leverage provide techniques and learning models, such as flipped classrooms or mastery learning models. For example, software that allows students to input data while watching videos (such as questions, confusion points, and notes) can assist in Flipped Classroom approaches. Software that breaks up learning modules into smaller parts with generated quizzes can assist in implementing Mastery Learning environments, or Adaptive Learning technologies. After the data is stored in the system, it can be output to the user in different ways because of the flexibility of software, and new technologies can be leveraged as time goes on with pre-existing educational data, possibly scanned in from raw written course material. In fact, it is almost impossible to predict all of the innovations in this area that Canadians will produce once they are given the skills and direction which is desperately needed.

Although the creation of a general purpose platform (which facilitates easy educational content creation) will be the most effective solution for tackling this issue, desperate short term measures are required. In my view, the most important things to develop first are the following:

  1. A set of online materials and courses which will educate Canadian teachers on evidence based educational technologies and learning environments. A condensed course containing the key educational concepts is also needed, which works will on mobile as well as PC platforms. This will allow our teachers to understand the basics of high quality education, and dispel harmful misconceptions that many teachers currently have (for example, teachers fear that these technologies aim to replace them, when in reality they are meant to empower and assist them, make them more effective at their jobs, and improve their experience teaching students). Of course, these materials can and should be available to all Canadians, as it is their right to understand effective education and what we know about it.
  2. A set of online materials and courses which can be used to effectively teach people basic coding and computation thinking. Again, these courses should be condensed to the core concepts and skills, and should focus on getting the student immediately engaged with the practice of solving problems and coding. Measures should be taken to ensure that these educational experiences are engaging and effective, to ensure that the majority of people can successfully obtain and retain the material. Active learning is extremely important in this area, which leads directly to project based learning (this is one of most effective ways to teach this subject: by having students work on creative projects that involve to their existing areas of interest or expertise, using coding as a tool to accomplish other goals). The content delivered can also be scaled up and down to be useful for elementary schools, high schools, post-secondary, retraining our workforce, as well as any Canadian with access to a mobile device or PC. Just like normal written language, coding and technology literacy can be applied to almost any discipline and is at the heart of innovation, giving citizens the tools to empower themselves, Canada, and ultimately the rest of the world.
  3. There are several other core areas that also need covered such as 21st century skills (including the four Cs), as well as environmental, world issues and personal health education. Basic reading, writing, mathematics and science are also desperately needed in the global community, as well as in a subset of our own population.
  4. Progressive educational policy to spur the development of these educational technologies, as well as their implementation in learning environments. Schools and teachers do not necessarily need to be required to implement the solutions supported by these policies. Instead, educational materials and applications that will educate them of these issues and technologies should be developed, tested and distributed. Incentives might be provided to teachers to accelerate widespread adoption. We should aim to create awareness of these issues and ideas, so that solutions can be developed sooner and more effectively. This is probably a better approach than enforcing solutions onto teachers (even though many are already evidence based), which could cause a negative reaction. If students are informed on these issues as well (based on clear direction proposed by the Canadian government) they will naturally seek the highest quality education available to them. Currently, students are mostly uninformed on these issues, and are usually only seeking to be awarded the best resume qualifications for a high job status. Instead, they could be focusing on finding the right learning environments that will allow them to develop and cultivate useful skills that enable them to provide value for themselves and society. From that foundation, Canadians will be able to pursue their interests more often based on the abundance created by a more digitally progressive society.

 

 

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Innovation with Robotics

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 08/17/2016 1471465700
FIRST Robotics Canada (a non-profit organization) is also currently working diligently and tirelessly to support and prepare the next generation to be .... Read more

FIRST Robotics Canada (a non-profit organization) is also currently working diligently and tirelessly to support and prepare the next generation to be innovators and thought-leaders of the future. Through FIRST programs and initiatives, students are becoming more skilled and prepared to face the challenges of the future. With a stronger connection and increased support, FIRST could play an even greater role in preparing the next generation to make Canada great.

“Canada needs a bold, coordinated strategy on innovation that delivers results for all Canadians. We need to move forward with fresh ideas and a joint action plan that will make innovation a national priority and put Canada on a firm path to long-term economic growth.” –The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

We at FIRST whole-heartedly agree with Minister Bains approach to innovation. We currently see a talent pool of kids and students who, if given the opportunity and know-how, will inherently approach problem solving with an innovative approach. Currently, youth are not widely given that opportunity which results in a lack of a prepared and innovative leaders and workforce.

This is where FIRST Robotics Canada programs make a difference. FIRST programs teach kids and youth the necessary skills and strategy that inspire fresh ideas, innovation, and creative problem solving. If more students are exposed to, and participate in, FIRST programs, they will cultivate the skills and habits for the future that lead to unlimited potential and opportunities. These are the leaders who will help put Canada on the firm path to economic growth and sustainability.

With increased support for FIRST programs, the benefits include:

  • More student participation in FIRST programs, resulting in more students prepared for a future where creative problem solving is critical
  • Cultivating a future workforce of leaders who believe in teamwork, encourage diversity, and inspire creativity 
  • Developing and teaching students the skills and know-how to embrace challenges with an innovative mindset
  • Showcasing and proving that we’re surrounded by talent who will have the competencies to compete in a digital world, lead global partnerships and change, encourage entrepreneurship, and accelerate growth in Canadian business
  • Increased collaboration between organizations and corporations involved in FIRST and kids and youth across Canada

This kind of program truly makes a difference in cultivating the leaders and innovators of the future.

Credit: FIRST Robotics Canada

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National Youth Science and Innovation Network

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/27/2016 1469642783
Stimulating interest in and supporting a national network for youth to explore hands-on, project-based science. Canada's response to the technologica .... Read more

Stimulating interest in and supporting a national network for youth to explore hands-on, project-based science.

Canada's response to the technological and space race in the 1960s was the development of local, regional and national opportunities to foster and showcase the innovativeness of youth in science - science fairs. Over five decades, this network - primarily driven by volunteers and teachers - has helped develop some of Canada's (and the world's) leaders in business, research, science and social impact. From Roberta Bondar to Michael Serbinis to Marc Kielburger to Raymond Wang, science fairs have helped shape the impact Canada has on the world.

Investing in a proven program that encourages youth from curiosity through to discovery will ensure Canada's success in innovation, skills development and will creates the nation's future economic leaders.

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Support for teachers

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/07/2016 1467919299
Tags: education  educators 
Incorporate entrepreneurship training into the professional development of teachers and guidance counsellors. Celebrate teachers and counsellors wh .... Read more
  • Incorporate entrepreneurship training into the professional development of teachers and guidance counsellors.
  • Celebrate teachers and counsellors who expose students to entrepreneurship, through entrepreneur fairs, local business crawls and career days.
  • Create ‘sharing platforms’ for teachers with tools (e.g. database of volunteers for entrepreneurs-in-residence, or speakers with entrepreneurial stories), lesson plans and online forums to seek advice and share best practices.

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Summer Science Camps - Age Inappropriate Science for kids

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 07/05/2016 1467744407
Summer time offers children an opportunity to play and participate in learning activities free of deadlines, exams and school routine.  Kids are fas .... Read more

Summer time offers children an opportunity to play and participate in learning activities free of deadlines, exams and school routine.  Kids are fascinated by nature, biology, space and just about any field of science.  They love to ask `why`and `how`and `how come`. Their thirst for knowledge can be exhausting as it rarely has a limit.   Children have curiosity that is not tempered by self-imposed age appropriate limitations and are equally eager to learn about worms, DNA, flight, stars, travel to Mars, etc.   They have ambition that is driven by curiosity and knowledge that stimulates ambition to answer questions that are sometimes relentless and complex.   Parents are sometimes challenged to answer their questions let alone give them an opportunity to have hands on experience learning about science, with a scientist (engineer, informatician, etc.) in a lab equipped for university level science, engineering and technology. 

Canadians have invested in developing world-class universities and colleges that are populated with staff and students eager to share their knowledge.   Universities hope to recruit future students and are increasingly opening their labs and facilities to children who visit to learn about what universities could offer their curious and ambitious minds.  During the summer months universities are often closed, or activities in departments scaled back, as students take a break for the summer months.  There is an opportunity to develop a program to fund universities to develop summer camp programs for children who are curious about science, engineering and technology.   Children can be offered age-inappropriate science, or science that is taught to students at university.   Giving universities funding to hire students to develop activities and projects for children that visit the university summer science camp provides meaningful employment, engagement of future students, and full utilization of university facilities for community enrichment.

Elementary schools and High schools look with envy at the well-equipped molecular biology labs, engineering testing facilities, biology labs, computational labs, etc. knowing they have precocious students who long to do more in school, take their science projects to the next step, but can`t as the school doesn`t have funding to provide for these extracurricular activities and excursions.   We are nurturing frustrated aspiring scientists by limiting their access to advanced knowledge and applications of science and technology by restricting their inquiries to school curriculum, a science fair or special project at school.

Children want to know and learn more at younger ages.  They have access to the internet and can be self-taught to a point where they need instruction or hands on experience.  We have a nation of geniuses who lack access to expertise and lab facilities that would help cement their passion for knowledge and quest for discovery.

Parents crave access to additional resources for children with an insatiable desire to learn and know `why`and `how does it work`.  Fear of over scheduling children and not giving them time to play and relax in the summer could be avoided by adding summer activities as part of the summer camp, visits to parks, camping trips, sports activities (at sports facilities at our universities) to compliment the science camp activities in the labs.

Canadian parents want to respond to children`s natural curiosity and passion for knowledge.  We see the strain of the teachers in schools in our communities where budget cuts further hamper their ability to offer children resources they crave.  A summer science camp for children seeking age-inappropriate Science would fill a void in the programs offered by the federal government to encourage bright university students to find employment in the summer months.  A summer science camp based at our universities would give universities an opportunity to open their facilities to the community and give parents and children a first hand look at their facilities and faculty.

Our economy will depend on the current and next generation of children to be fully employed in good jobs. STEM training provides children with skills and aptitude to compete for good jobs and develop capacities to develop our economy as adults.  Children who arrive in Canada and parents who arrive in Canada as adults and children may not have had exposure to university training in Canada. Providing these parents and children with access to university facilities helps prepare and inform them of choices for further education and where they can seek information in their community.

The summer months are an ideal time for a summer science camp.  Parents are often working and need childcare for children that would rather not stay at home during their holidays.   Children enjoy socializing with new friends and in new contexts where they are learning something new or discovering their curiosity for knowledge they didn`t know existed.  This creates a positive experience and memory that is not tied to an exam, a grade, an expectation or evaluation.   Science is simply fun.

 

 

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National youth STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship celebration event

Question:How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
on 06/30/2016 1467314950
Canadian high school students regularly achieve world-class results in international STEM competitions. In 2015 – and again in 2016 – youn .... Read more

Canadian high school students regularly achieve world-class results in international STEM competitions. In 2015 – and again in 2016 – young Canadians won the top award (and the US$75,000 cash prize) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), topping 1,700 students from 75 countries. Canadians have won the Sanofi International Biogenius Challenge, FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships, and numerous STEM Olympiad competitions from astronomy to mathematics. Canadians have been top 15 finalists (from over 10,000 global entries) in the Google Science Fair almost every year since it began in 2011 – and won top awards in 2013 and 2014.

Most Canadians – and particularly our youth – are completely unaware. It’s as if our world junior hockey team won and no-one noticed. That doesn’t happen because Canada has a vibrant hockey culture. Thanks to Vancouver 2010 and Own the Podium, we’re developing an Olympic culture. But we need a STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship culture.

As in sports, a STEM culture needs heroes – rising stars that young Canadians recognize and emulate. When 16-year-old Victoria BC inventor Ann Makosinski appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show with her hand-heat-powered flashlight – and again a year later with a cell phone charging travel mug – kids noticed. Peltier tile-powered devices – many built by girls – appeared at science fairs across Canada. Building a science and innovation culture is no different to building a hockey or Olympic culture; celebrating excellence and achievement on the national stage and in the media is an essential component.

In 2010, U.S. President Obama initiated what became an annual tradition – the White House Science Fair. Over the past six years, this event has celebrated the winners of a broad range of youth STEM and entrepreneurship competitions at what the President has called, “the most fun day of the year.”

I propose creating an annual event, hosted on Parliament Hill, to recognize Canadian winners of national and international youth STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship competitions and other young Canadian achievers. They would be invited to share their work with the Prime Minister / Minister of Youth, Minister of Science, Key Opinion Leaders, STEM-related government officials, and most importantly, the media.

Most kids aren’t going to become professional or Olympic athletes, but wanting to inspires and motivates. Let’s celebrate Canada’s youth STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship heroes and role models.

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