GLOBE Canada Tapped to Further Youth Science Skills
GLOBE Canada, through a proposal by the Yukon Teachers Association, has been awarded a three-year $45,000 grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)'s Promoscience competition.
The grant was one of a total of $912,750 given this year to 27 Canadian groups that create imaginative science programming for young people.
The project aims to:
- Develop a bilingual French-English Canadian GLOBE web site. The site will host program information and will hot link to the main GLOBE site for data entry and further information. The site will also provide a format for collecting and sharing data from GLOBE Canada's Northern Fields and from other science-education programs.
- Provide teacher training in GLOBE protocols and northern Field Studies protocols.
- Build links with scientists and students through GLOBE and northern Field Studies.
- Coordinate the ongoing GLOBE programs that Canadian GLOBE students have already been actively working on, including Arctic POPS and northern Field Studies
The proposal was sent by the Yukon Teachers Association in partnership with Yukon College's Northern Research Institute, Yukon Departments of Education and Environment, and the Environmental Education Association of Yukon. The Yukon Teachers Association has successfully leveraged funds and expertise from these partners. Working collaboratively and with the help of the NSERC grant, aim to make contact and strengthen alliances with scientists and scientific organizations.
"Grassroots activities that harness the creativity and enthusiasm of young Canadians are key to developing the scientific talent we need to become one of the top five countries in the world in research and development," said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and the Minister responsible for NSERC.
"We want to see young people attracted to science and engineering by taking part in activities that are fun and rewarding," said Tom Brzustowski, President of NSERC.
16 September 2003