For International Youth Day, these young change-makers have a message for Canada

August | 2017

Canada's education system needs to be rewired to give more attention to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) subjects in junior and middle schools.

How many iPads do we give kids to use in classrooms vs. how many kids actually understand how an iPad works?   - Ann Makosinski

Not enough children are learning manual skills or understanding how the overwhelming amount of technology around them works. How many iPads do we give kids to use in classrooms vs. how many kids actually understand how an iPad works and what electrical components are inside? To support innovation and lessen the symptoms of consumerism on youth, we must teach them to innovate and make their own solutions, instead of waiting for others to solve their problems and then buying the solution.

Canada needs to increase funding for science fairs, both local fairs and the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Some of the brightest teens and most innovative solutions come from these life changing science fairs. Financial support for young inventors obtaining patents is also needed. 

 

          
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