STEAM Community Studio | re//BUILD.IT Community | Railway City Little Free Library | History & Highlights
STEAM Centre Community Programs are inspired by the importance of learning through doing, reuse before recycling and sharing new ideas and creations to make life better for others. They are vital resources, helping groups identify new solutions, putting essential technology and tools in the hands of people without.
STEAM Community Studio
STEAM Community Studio is an experiential learning and civic engagement program using S.T.E.A.M. tools and techniques to explore issues and prototype solutions across a rural landscape. The program fosters collaboration between students and key stakeholders including academics, teachers, community members, business and political leaders to improve experiences of all kinds in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Where a viable solution can be prototyped, limited funding will be available to support those costs!
The initial projects were selected through consultations with individuals and groups to identify persistent local issues that need to be addressed in innovative ways. The selected proposals are:
1. City of St Thomas - Reducing waste: Finding reuse for items in a cluttered world;
2. Wellkin Child & Youth Mental Wellness Centre - Creating Welcoming Sensory Spaces;
3. Downtown Development Board - Creating a Virtual Marketplace to aid local businesses and;
4. Ignite Youth Centre - Creating an Audio, Video Production Studio for Youth Skill Building.
Sound interesting? Here's how YOU can contribute:
Get Involved - If you have a talent to share or a problem to address, get in touch! We will coordinate workshops with students, local groups and stakeholders to discuss innovative approaches and propose solutions to select local issues.
Get Together - We will match students and stakeholders to ensure a strong fit between needs, talent and expertise to form an action group for the project.
Get Exploring - Using design thinking, the group will research, collect data and brainstorm new ideas. We will explore persistent issues, evaluate potential solutions and develop recommendations for the benefit of the community.
Get Prototyping - The action group will produce a report for each project to spur conversation in the community. Where a pragmatic solution is identified, funding will be available to create a prototype!
This multi-year project is generously funded by The Estate of Donna Bushell within Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation.
When schools, centres and libraries limited access to resources in response to the pandemic, countless students, Indigenous communities and people with limited means were immediately disconnected from the online world. The pandemic revealed a deep digital divide between those with access to technology and the ability to stay connected, and those without, who will struggle to keep learning, working and communicating from home.
The award winning program collects and refurbishes desktops, laptops, and tablets in good condition and donates them to students, Indigenous communities and people with limited income. re//BUILD.IT Community is also reducing the environmental impact of electronic waste in the most effective way by extending the life of computers.
If you or someone you know is in need of a computer at home, contact the STEAM Centre team to submit your request. A Program Coordinator will contact you to assess your needs and eligibility. When equipment is ready, you will be contacted to make arrangements for pick-up.
We are always in need of tablets, desktop and laptop computers in good condition. If you have technology to donate, please contact us to schedule a time to drop off your donation or to arrange a pickup.
Railway City Little Free Library
A favourite community idea with a very Railway City twist! Visit one or all of the Railway City Little Free Library boxes, featuring a distinct neighbourhood name on each box inspired by local history and culture. Stop by a Little Free Library box today to borrow a book or leave one for the next visitor!
This project is generously funded by individuals, companies and The Estate of Donna Bushell within Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation.
I really appreciate the donation of the computer!! My son and I have been working hard together, trying to set it up, and get it working, so we can continue our studies. It will be very useful for my son to do his homework, and I will also use the computer for a sign language class I signed up for through the library. Thanks again!!
- Danielle and B