Future Scientists Learn About Used Nuclear Fuel at SHAD Summer Campuses

SHAD students on the Queen

SHAD students on the Queen's University campus attend a seminar offered by the NWMO.

As part of engaging with youth and encouraging their involvement in nuclear waste management, the NWMO helps support several youth science programs. One of those programs is SHAD, a four-week summer program held on university campuses throughout Canada. Participants, all high-performing high-school students, develop their skills in science, engineering, technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

“This year, we had more than 400 students attend NWMO presentations,” noted Isaac Werner, the Government and External Relations Analyst at the NWMO who organizes our participation in SHAD.

He added: “The students were quite interested in the topic and asked very important questions regarding Canada’s plan. It is a great experience to engage and invest in these future leaders.”

Tim Jackson, SHAD President and CEO, agrees. “The NWMO offers an exceptional learning opportunity for SHAD youth, encouraging them to think deeply about complex STEAM-related challenges. I really appreciate the NWMO’s commitment to sharing your team with so many SHAD programs.” STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

This summer, NWMO specialists spoke at seven SHAD campuses: Carleton University, Lakehead University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Waterloo, and Western University.