Society is becoming more dependent on science, engineering and technology every single day. Scientists in School is focused on building a nation of scientifically curious children who are actively engaged in the seeing, doing and understanding of science. Whether children pursue science careers or not, their appreciation of how science works, the values it teaches, the critical thinking it requires, and the responsible actions it demands, will have impacts far beyond our imagining. Our work is guided by the following intentions and principles:
All children, when given the opportunity, have the potential to do great things in this world. We want to position all youth, especially those with access to fewer STEM and other educational enrichment opportunities, with the interest, skills, confidence and motivation to engage in STEM, understand the role of STEM in the world around them, and pursue STEM careers.
Our goal is to provide empowering interactions between passionate, well-trained STEM role models and young scientists. By providing children the opportunity to see scientists of all genders and cultural backgrounds through all our interactions, we hope to help children build confidence in their STEM skills and increase their belief that they can pursue, and be successful in, any STEM career that they dream about.
We want to provide joyful, rich and engaging workshops that kids talk about all week, tell their families about, list as one of the top best experiences in their school year, and can describe in detail years later in their high school and adult lives.
Our passionate workshop presenters with a diverse range of STEM pathways and careers provide non-intimidating mentorship to elementary teachers, and STEM exploration ideas for parents/guardians who teachers frequently invite to help during the workshop.
We offer tons of free resources, including post-workshop extension packages, and our Spotlight STEM Career Interview Videos, so that the learning can continue long after the workshop ends!
We believe in the well-known adage, ‘If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We commit significant time and energy into building trusting and collaborative relationships with the communities we work in, and with the school boards, schools, donors, and community organizations we work with. We use these relationships to learn how we can best support young scientists, educators, school boards, community organizations, corporations and other stakeholders.
We believe in a people-centric approach that ensures that all customers and participants feel valued and supported, and we strive to go the extra mile to meet evolving needs.
We prioritize high-quality programming and continuous improvement. We commit to reviewing our programming and content on an on-going basis, with feedback from a variety of sources, to ensure it complements provincial curriculum, 21st Century Skills development, and evolving STEM education practices.
We use extensive third-party research and an evidence-based approach to measure the impact of our workshops on a suite of key youth outcomes: increased STEM interest, heightened STEM confidence, and increased understanding of the relevance of STEM in the world around them. We then use the data to maximize impact by incorporating learnings into program development and delivery.