Photo © Courtesy of Let’s Talk Science | Youth Programs
Youth have a lot to worry about these days, and in a complex, rapidly transforming world, Let’s Talk Science is working relentlessly to make sure youth are well-positioned for future careers and roles as citizens. Let’s Talk Science, a national charity, is focused on expanding and diversifying participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This has become more important than ever, as STEM underpins most complex global challenges, like the pandemic, climate change, clean drinking water, and energy sustainability.
With nearly 30 years of experience, Let’s Talk Science has established itself as a trusted national education partner by providing high-quality learning experiences and resources that engage youth, educators and parents/caregivers in STEM—in English and French, in-person and online, for schools, early years centres, community organizations and families in all regions of Canada. Let’s Talk Science programming includes citizen-science action projects and resources focused on timely topics including sustainability and climate change. Programming is provided at no cost and is grounded in leading-edge knowledge and research thanks to unique collaborations with academic and community partners, governments, industry, private donors, and volunteers.
Our world is rapidly changing and STEM skills are in high demand in multiple disciplines. To drive the innovation needed to thrive, Canada needs creative people with deep technical skills as well as non-technical people who are enthusiastic and confident working in innovative science-based environments.
With its foundation in inquiry-based learning and problem solving, STEM education provides youth with the skills they need to grow into our future job and wealth creators and prepares them to tackle the most pressing issues facing our planet. STEM learning develops characteristics and skills that enable us to take risks; find innovative solutions to real-world problems; think critically; communicate effectively; and collaborate. These skills are essential to success no matter what you do!
Engaging youth in accessible, diverse and inclusive STEM education will help them to develop the skills needed to explore solutions and navigate the challenges of rapid change and disruptive technologies. Making STEM relevant and accessible also helps to build inclusion and a sense of belonging for equity-deserving audiences that have historically been excluded from STEM fields.
Donations to Let’s Talk Science ensure cost is not a barrier for the 6.5 million children from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We must support, encourage, and develop meaningful learning opportunities that unleash and develop creative genius and critical thinking skills. We must continue to invest in STEM education both in schools and at home, as it will pay dividends for generations.
Building scientific literacy and the competencies that come with STEM education will help us arrive at a prosperous, sustainable future. Let’s be bold, invest in education through Let’s Talk Science, and ensure that all youth are prepared to thrive.
Let’s Talk Science is committed to preparing Canadian youth for future careers and citizenship demands in a rapidly changing world.