Our Impact

At Scientists in School, we feel it is imperative for every Canadian child regardless of gender, race, achievement in school, or socioeconomic background to be actively engaged in the seeing, doing and understanding of science.

Lasting Impacts

A longitudinal research study by Western University, conducted from 2013 to 2019, followed a cohort of 2,000 students. The study confirmed that experiencing our workshops in elementary school has an impact that lasts through high school. In open-ended survey questions and interviews, 289 Grade 10 to 12 students recalled the activities in various workshop topics experienced in their Grades 6, 7 and 8 years. This study, focused on students from high-needs communities, demonstrated the lasting difference that our innovative workshops have for youth STEM success. Students in schools with no prior participation experienced two, four or six workshops before entering high school.

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87%

of Grade 11 and 12 students strongly agreed or agreed with the statement: “Scientists in School workshops in elementary school were an important part of learning about STEM.” The consistent reasons they gave were that workshops were an interesting and/or fun hands-on experience that increased their interest in STEM, understanding of STEM concepts, and awareness of careers.

90%

of Grade 11 students who had six workshops in elementary school and 55% of Grade 12 students who had four workshops in elementary school responded that the workshops taught them skills that they were able to use in high school.

10 Million Young Scientists Inspired Since 1989

Impact Story

Alexandra is currently embarking on a career in biological sciences with hopes to specialize in either environmental toxicology or animal biology. She has always been interested in animals – she is an avid horseback rider and instructor – but a particular encounter with a special Scientists in School “friend” sparked an interest in science, solidified her love of animals and may have led to her chosen career path.

Our Impact

711,000

Children and youth inspired through workshops

82

Classroom and community workshop topics

9,000,000+

Young scientists inspired over 29 years

24,870

Half-day classroom workshops delivered

190,800

Students attending schools serving low-income communities inspired

Our Equity Initiatives

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Testimonials

Meet Our Supporters

Scientists in School gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our many partners who share our passion for bringing science to life for tomorrow’s innovators and leaders. Thank you for helping us to inspire 711,000 young minds each year.