Students and teachers in over 160 communities across the north, including locally, will benefit from federal funding for Science North.
$2.5 million will be used to deliver hands-on, in-person and virtual programming experiences in coding and digital skills.
CanCode is a federal program that aims to equip Canadian youth with the skills they need for further studies in advanced digital skills and science, technology, engineering, and math courses.
“Providing resources for students in Nipissing-Timiskaming to learn about the economic realities of living in a digital age is so important,” says Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament Nipissing-Timiskaming. “Our economy will be dependent on this next generation of workers who can thrive in science, technology, engineering and math.”
Guy Labine, Science North CEO, says they’re honoured to receive CanCode funding.
“Building on a strong foundation, Science North will bring experiences and informational coding workshops to more children and youth around Northern Ontario,” he says “This funding helps Science North engage with Indigenous peoples and help kids get hands-on with technology when they might not otherwise be able to.”
Over the next three years, Science North’s CanCode programming will provide bilingual, hands-on learning experiences to 70,000 students, including nearly 23,000 Indigenous students.
More than 1,000 teachers will be engaged in curriculum-linked experiential learning workshops, while an additional 5,000 teachers will have access to online resources.