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Laurier to run STEAM program for high school students

The university is partnering with Shad Canada
Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo campus). Image from WLU.

Students in grades 10 and 11 from across Canada will soon be able to tap into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) at Wilfrid Laurier University.

That's because the university is partnering with Shad Canada and will offer an entrepreneurship program for students in those grades.

Shad, which is based in Waterloo, has been running the program since 1980.

For one month, students will live on campus and participate in a real-world design challenge that prepares them to take on social and economic challenges. 

It's a program that really spoke to the vice-dean of the faculty of science at Laurier.

"We do a lot of great things when it comes to science, as well as entrepreneurship and math ... we also have a strong arts focus. It was really a good fit for Laurier and for us it's an opportunity to showcase what we have to offer, especially in terms of science, but also in terms of all of the others areas to the next generation of bright young students," Kenneth Maly told 570 NEWS.

Maly says the partnership has been in the works for the last year.

"When we were first approached by Shad, we were very keen on the opportunity. It was a matter of figuring out if we had enough people who were really willing to step up to the plate to ... make this a reality and we've identified some great people who are really enthusiastic about bringing this program to life." 

Maly also knows how valuable the program is, having participated in Shad back in 1992 at the University of Calgary.

"I'm really excited to see that sort of experience come to Laurier, so that we can put our unique Laurier spin on it, with the focus on community and inspiring people to be leaders.

The Shad program is offered at 19 universities across the country each July.


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