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Science North expands summer camps

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jun 12, 2012 - 11:54 AM |
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named Science North a recipient of the 2011 PromoScience Grant. File photo.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named Science North a recipient of the 2011 PromoScience Grant. File photo.

Science North has been named a recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)’s 2011 PromoScience Grant, funds that will allow the science centre over the next three years to assist with the delivery of summer camps.

From July 2 through to Aug. 31, Science North will offer week-long science day camps for ages four to 14. These bilingual programs are part of an initiative that will see Science North bring Summer Science Camps to 25 communities across northern Ontario this year. Funding from NSERC enables Science North to expand its reach to include the communities of Sturgeon Falls, Iroquois Falls, Terrace Bay and Sioux Lookout.

“Science North and the other organizations being supported through the PromoScience Program are instrumental in promoting science and engineering to children and youth across the country,” Suzanne Fortier, president of NSERC, said. “They provide the spark that, in the right environment, will lead to a lifetime of creativity, generating new knowledge and the researchers of tomorrow.”

“We are very happy to receive this funding from NSERC, as it allows us the opportunity to bring our brand of hands-on science to more children this summer,” Guy Labine, Science North CEO, said. “Science North has a mandate to serve all of northern Ontario, a significant geographic area, from Quebec to the Manitoba border. As a registered charitable organization that relies on community support to deliver programs, funding like this is essential to our success.”

According to Science North’s Director of Education and Northern Programs, Nicole Chiasson, more than 1,900 children were registered in Science North summer camps last year.

“With topics ranging from Treasure Hunters to Gizmo Camp, Science North’s innovative programming leads the way in providing youth with science-based experiences at a very young age,” Chiasson said. “Whether it’s our Media Camp, Robotics Camp, Space Explorers Camp, or Science in the Field Camp, children are researching, using tools and problem solving in a unique and fun format that they are proud to share with their parents.”

In 2012, Science North Summer Camps are being offered in Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Atikokan, Chapleau, Dryden, Fort Frances, Gore Bay, Huntsville, Iroquois Falls, Kenora, Kirkland Lake, Manitouwadge, Marathon, Nipigon, North Bay, Parry Sound, Red Lake, Sault Ste Marie, Sioux Lookout, Temiskaming Shores, Terrace Bay, Timmins and Wawa.

For more information or to register, visit sciencenorth.ca/camps.

Through the PromoScience Program, the Government of Canada is providing $2.4 million to 49 organizations promoting science and engineering to young Canadians. These include universities, non-governmental organizations, museums and science centres.

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