Education with Impact
STEAM Centre community programs are inspired by the importance of learning through doing, reuse before recycling and creating new solutions to make life better for others. From re//BUILD.IT Community computer donation program to community engaged and experiential learning with STEAM Community Studio, STEAM Centre programs offer vital community and student resources, enable student groups to identify new ideas to address local persistent problems, and put essential technology in the hands of people without.
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History & Highlights
Best Day Camp by 94.1 myfm Spirit Awards, 2020
STEAM Education Centre has offered PD day camp, March break camp, and summer camp since 2016. We've introduced kids to traditional hand-tools and emerging technology, inspiring them to make their creations and ideas real! We always knew we offered unique and superlative experiences, and now it's official! STEAM Education Centre camps were voted Best Day Camp by 94.1 myfm Spirit Awards, 2020 - Learn More →
Top 100 Recovery Projects in Canada by Future of Good, 2020
re//BUILD.IT Community, computer donation program, has become an essential program across southwestern Ontario, and often the only source for people to acquire a personal computer for free. The program began in response to requests for help from our community during the pandemic, and we're proud to share it was recently voted Top 100 Recovery Projects in Canada by Future of Good, 2020 - Learn More →
re//BUILD.IT Collected 300,000 lbs of E-Waste with Community Partnership, 2017-2020
In true Maker spirit, the STEAM Centre encourages kids to take apart 'things', learn about the inner mechanics of various systems, get familiar with technology, learn to reassemble or reimagine the components, and create the next BIG 'thing'! Having access is the key so, in 2017, we opened up the doors to a whole world of wonder! We partnered with Green E-Recycling, and the Elgin County Library to install e-waste drop-off bins at five library locations, thus enabling people to donate their e-waste at a convenient location. In nearly four years, we collected roughly 300,000 lbs of unwanted electronics from across the region, giving every citizen an opportunity to dispose of their e-waste knowing they're contributing to the future benefit of our next generation and a healthier planet.
Did you know re//BUILD.IT actually gave way for re//BUILD.IT Community, which refurbishes the desktop and laptop computers to donate them to students, Indigenous communities and people with limited means. Digital inequity across rural regions has never been more apparent than during a pandemic. This program ensures every vulnerable person can remain connected during this uncertain time.
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