Imperial Oil Funds STEM Education

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Imperial Oil Funds STEM Education

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In 2012, Imperial donated $4.5 million to support science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) education iniatives. http://3bl.me/7ka6eh

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2012 Corporate Citizenship Report: Responsible Growth is available online at www.imperialoil.ca/citizenship

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 8:35am

CAMPAIGN: 2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Finding ways to strengthen Canada’s competitiveness requires technological innovation and new graduates with STEM-related skills. By engaging a new generation of students in the pursuit of technical careers, we are helping to invest in Canada’s future. In 2012, we announced the following signature programs to support science, technology, engineering and math education initiatives.

A $1-million investment over five years to launch the Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program at Mount Royal University’s Iniskim Centre in Calgary. This unique program is specifically designed to enable Aboriginal students to successfully pursue science and technology education at the university, where currently they make up less than one percent of bachelor or science students.

“There’s a need to promote more interest in science and technology fields because they’re so important to our young people’s future… Imperial Oil has been a huge partner of the centre.”

Marlene Poitras, director of Mount Royal’s Iniskim Centre

Partnering with the University of Calgary on a $2.5-million education initiative that will enhance the teaching of STEM subjects in the critical early school years. Plans include establishing a research chair in science education at the U of C. In addition, the university will host an annual symposium on the teaching of STEM subjects, drawing researchers from around the world.

“In the past, we haven’t prepared teachers enough at the conceptual level to ensure students are successful in STEM disciplines. With this initiative, we’re focusing on improving early years math and science learning and teaching by enhancing our teacher education curriculum here at the university.”

Dennis Sumara, dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary

With the support of our $1-million commitment, Scouts Canada plans to add science and technology as a new focus for its activities, programs and training materials.

“Imperial has a tradition of leadership in supporting innovative learning environments while for more than 100 years Scouts Canada has been helping Canadian youth develop into confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Together, we hope that by demonstrating to kids just how exciting STEM subjects can be, we will foster a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Mike McKay, executive commissioner and CEO, Scouts Canada

Keywords: #STEM | Education | Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program | Calgary | Canada | Education | Imperial oil | Mount Royal University’s Iniskim Centre | Science | Technology | csr

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