A Vertical Timeline Celebrating 30 Years of Shaping Young Lives Through STEM Discovery


Founders Erica Bruce and Nancy Williams see the need in fostering a love for scientific studies in kids. They decide to bring hands-on activities into the classroom. Canadian Federation of University Women Ajax-Pickering adopts the idea. 1,080 students in 40 Durham classrooms participate, 10 workshops are offered.


Demand from outside of Durham brought us to the Toronto School Boards. In 1998, our first branch opens, serving kids in Guelph, Peel, Waterloo and Halton regions. In 1999, Scientists in School becomes its own entity, incorporating as a non-profit with charitable status. We grow to serving 73,575 students from 2,725 classrooms in 5 school boards. 60 topics are offered by a team of 43 presenters.

- 2004

Scientists in School receives the prestigious Michael A. Smith Award for Excellence in School Promotion by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research council of Canada, followed by Cindy Adams, Executive Director, being given the 2004 YWCA Durham Region’s Women of Distinction Award

- 2010

We turn 20 years old and soaring interest brings expansion to chapters in Niagara, Simcoe, Kawartha, Peterborough, Ottawa, Waterloo & Lethbridge . 590,000 students in 21,900 classrooms participate in 2010.

- 2013

In 2011, the program launches in Hamilton, Brantford and Brant. In 2012, our French language workshop streamed is developed for schools in Ottawa and our 5,000,000th student scientist participates. In 2013, our new community workshop program is launched, providing workshops to daycares, summer camps, libraries and community groups.

- 2017

We celebrate 25 years of delivering STEM education in 2014. In 2015, we expand to Calgary and initiate our Adopt-a-School program, in which funders supply low-income schools in their communities with complimentary workshops. In 2017, we celebrate our 8,000,000 student scientists. 660,000 students reached in 24,800 classrooms, spread across 2400 schools, 340 communities, 52 schoolboards. 24,000 more children reached through 1200 community workshops.