May 2, 2019
For Immediate Release

Scientists in School receives $600,000 PromoScience donation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

(Ottawa, ON) The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced today a three-year $600,000 donation to Scientists in School through their PromoScience Program. Scientists in School, Canada’s leading science education charity, engages over 700,000 Kindergarten to Grade 8 students each year through hands-on science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and environmental workshops.

NSERC’s multi-year PromoScience funding will support Scientists in School’s Adopt-a-School and Lift-a-School equity initiatives, providing children and youth who attend schools serving low-income communities with enriching STEM experiences they may not otherwise receive.

“We’re thrilled with NSERC’s continued support of Scientists in School, which helps strengthen our vision of getting all children in Canada excited about STEM, regardless of their socioeconomic status,” says Cindy Adams, Executive Director of Scientists in School. “Together, we’re helping thousands of children in Canada build the confidence to pursue pathways to STEM, creating opportunities for them to engage with expert role models who demonstrate that anyone can be a scientist.”

“Increasing science literacy among young Canadians will increase the number of students who pursue careers in STEM fields. Science outreach activities contribute to a strong science culture and ultimately improve the lives of all Canadians,” says Dr. Digvir S. Jayas, Interim President of NSERC.

NSERC’s PromoScience program offers financial support for non-profit organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering, including mathematics and technology.

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For inquiries, please contact:

Amy Schindler, Director of Fund Development & Communications
Office: 905-837-9626 ext. 237
Email: amy.schindler@scientistsinschool.ca

About Scientists in School:

Scientists in School, Canada’s leading STEM education charity, has been getting children and youth in Kindergarten to Grade 8 excited about science through hands-on STEM investigations in classroom and community settings since 1989. Over the past 30 years, Scientists in School has impacted over 9 million young scientists across Canada, empowering them to envision a career or post-secondary education in STEM.

About Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC):

NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries—valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect the makers and users of discoveries. Research partnerships established by NSERC help inform research and development and solve scale-up challenges.

NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.