Science NorthScience North has a mandate to deliver high-quality, interactive and hands-on science programs for JK to Grade 8. Science North's educational programs correspond with the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum strands and topics for JK to Grade 8. Selection of science programs are identified with the school according to specific interests and needs, and includes pre- and post-workshop activities prepared for the teacher to use in classroom to prepare for the workshop or reinforce/supplement the learning derived from the workshop.
The NWMO provides funding to support delivery of Science North’s outreach programs to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal elementary and secondary schools in several northern Ontario communities in our potential siting areas.
- 2015: $50,000
- 2014: $71,000
- 2013: $56,000
- 2012: $47,000
Scientists in SchoolScientists in School (SiS) is a leading science education charity dedicated to sparking children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, environmental stewardship, and math through hands-on discovery. SiS’s programs are award-winning, inquiry-based workshops for kindergarten through Grade 8 students. SiS’s child-centered workshops bring together creative, curriculum-aligned content, trained presenters, and specialized materials and equipment often lacking in schools.
The NWMO provides funding to allow the organization to introduce programming in southern Ontario communities and regions involved in the site selection process.
- 2015: $40,000 for 70 workshops in four school boards within Bruce and Huron Counties
- 2014: $40,000 for 65 workshops in four school boards within Bruce and Huron Counties
- 2013: $40,000 for 50 workshops in four school boards within Bruce and Huron Counties
The Shad program is an intensive one-month development program for high-achieving secondary school students with strong academic records. The four-week program, held every July, exposes students to topics of study related to science, engineering, mathematics, technology, business, entrepreneurship, and innovation. In addition to sponsoring the program, the NWMO also holds interactive presentations with Shad students about Canada's plan for used nuclear fuel.
The NWMO provides bursaries to top science and technology students from Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick to participate in Shad’s summer educational program. From 2010 to 2014, our contribution of $20,000 per year provided bursaries to 85 students. In 2015, we signed a new three-year contract with Shad, increasing our annual contribution to $25,000.
The NWMO supported Actua in 2009 and 2010. Actua provides youth across the country (aged 6-16 years) with hands-on learning experiences in science, engineering and technology through workshops, camps, clubs, and community outreach initiatives. Through its Aboriginal outreach programming, Actua has a long track record of inspiring Aboriginal youth interest in science and demonstrates how traditional aboriginal knowledge can play a significant role in the study of science.
The NWMO supported Actua's Aboriginal Outreach Program in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
- 2009: $30,000
- 2010: $50,000
Community Foundations of Canada
Community Foundations of Canada’s youth advisory committees engage youth in their communities, reinforce the spirit of giving, provide opportunities for youth leadership development, connect youth in local communities and around the world, and give youth a voice in community foundations and communities.
- 2009: $78,329.50 for several community-based youth grants
University of Saskatchewan Science Ambassador Program
The NWMO sponsored the Science Ambassador Program in 2013 and 2014. The program pairs senior undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in science, engineering, secondary science education, and health sciences with remote learning communities that have a high proportion of students with Aboriginal ancestry.
Science Ambassadors work alongside teachers to enrich students' experience of science. They organize and prepare hands-on activities and experiments, seek out creative and culturally relevant ways of demonstrating science, act as facilitators for classroom discussions, participate in extra-curricular science activities and community events, and mentor students interested in exploring possibilities for careers and continuing education.
The NWMO sponsored the Science Ambassador Program in support of science outreach to remote learning communities that have a high proportion of Aboriginal students.
- 2014: $7,500
- 2013: $7,500
Youth Science Canada
The NWMO sponsored Youth Science Canada activities from 2008 to 2014. Our sponsorship enabled youth from communities and regions involved in the site selection process to attend a Regional Science Fair and the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
- Youth participation in regional science fairs and the annual competitive Canada-Wide Science Fair. NWMO contribution: $55,000 (2013–2014).
- Presenting Sponsor of the Bronze Excellence Awards with 40 medals per age category (junior, intermediate and senior). NWMO contribution: $55,000 (2012–2013).
- Youth with top projects are selected to attend Team Canada-MILSET, a bi-annual non-competitive international expo that brings together young people from around the world to exchange ideas, compare projects, and instill a culture of science by fostering networking and international collaboration. NWMO contribution in 2010-2011: matching funds of up to $20,000 with proof of commitment from province and/or key provincial partner, plus $3,500 for NWMO booth at Canada-Wide Science Fair.
- Support for youth from Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to participate in the Team Canada-MILSET Program. NWMO contribution: $30,000 (2009–2010).
- Support for 44 youth to participate in the Team Canada-MILSET Program. NWMO contribution: $50,000 (2008–2009).