Drax, Science World to deliver STEM education programs to rural B.C. schools
October 27, 2023
By Drax Group
Drax announced a three-year partnership with Science World, which will bring STEAM education programs to rural British Columbia elementary schools, in alignment with Drax’s community funding to improve equitable access to STEM education and skills development in and around the communities where we operate.
Science World is the leading science centre in British Columbia that engages learners across the province in STEAM education. Through the interactive hands-on exhibits as well as the organizations’ outreach programs, students, teachers and families across B.C. are inspired to be the next generation of problem solvers and world changers.
“At Science World, our core belief is ‘Science for All,’ and this collaboration allows us to extend that commitment into rural and underserved communities across BC.” said Tracy Redies, president and CEO of Science World. “Through the On The Road program, we’re not just bringing science education to schools; we’re sparking curiosity and inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and environmental stewards. Together with Drax, we’re making science accessible, relatable, and most importantly, fun for everyone.”
“At Drax, we’re committed to making a lasting, positive impact in the communities and regions where we operate,” said Sandy Sung, Drax’s community manager for Canada. “Our focus is to work with local groups and organizations to improve local communities, enhance green spaces and biodiversity, and increase access to STEM education and skills development.”
Drax’s partnership with Science World will focus on On The Road – the in-school community program that Science World develops and implements province wide. Through the On The Road program, students across the province have their curiosity of science piqued. The program also boosts science literacy and inspires future science and technology leaders.
“This partnership is really exciting for us because early STEM education is a key focus of the Drax Foundation and Drax Community Fund,” Sung said. “Over the next three years we have the ability to help bring cutting edge, educational, and fun live demonstrations and activities to students in remote, rural and underserved communities across British Columbia.”
The On The Road program has been touring the province and visiting schools, festivals and public events since 1988. With the help of donours and the provincial government, the program has been able to increase its reach and provide free school visits in communities, both large and small, across BC.. The high energy presentations are curriculum linked and provide an unforgettable science experience to over 30,000 students each year thanks to support from tour partners and sponsors.
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