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McMaster’s Venture Academy strives to help students discover engineering and science at an early age. It has been selected by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to receive $309,675 over three years through the PromoScience program to expand their programming and outreach.
This will allow their unique science and engineering programs to reach even more young people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Indigenous communities in Southwestern Ontario.
Since its founding in 1991, McMaster’s Venture Academy has grown by leaps and bounds. From 125 elementary children to reaching over 25,000 students from grades one through 12 last year.
Of the youth who participated last year, 11,000 are from groups underrepresented in STEM, including Indigenous youth, girls and inner-city youth. This reach is accomplished through an extensive variety of programming that quickly pivoted to online/virtual delivery when the COVID-19 pandemic began.