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STEM camp kicks off for Indigenous Youth in Fort Chipewyan

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Some of Fort Chipewyan’s youngest, best and brightest are attending the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Science and Technology Camp this week.

Actua will host the five-day camp at the Fort Chipewyan Youth Centre from Aug. 15-19, 2022.

First Nations and Métis youth will participate in community-based activities and build their confidence in the STEM field.

Kaitlynn Carroll, Senior Manager of Partner Relations with Actua, has a run-down of what kids can expect.

“Whether participants are role-playing as botanists and designers tasked with creating a new agriculture technology for their community, exploring the systems of the body as biologists, or learning the language of robots in artificial intelligence, participants will get to fully immerse themselves in a hands-on learning experience that allows them to imagine themselves in a STEM career.”

With support from the Suncor Energy Foundation and Imperial, Actua’s national InSTEM program hopes to engage more Indigenous youth in STEM.

This program seeks to reach 35,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in over 200 communities.

More information about Actua and this program is available on the group’s website.

Actua is recognized as Canada’s largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach organization.