A St. Thomas charity wants to find a grateful home for your gently used computerThe STEAM Centre wants to equip 300 kids with devices as they head to high school next fall. Angela McInnes · CBC News · Posted: Nov 17, 2022 5:00 AM ET |
STEAM Centre employees Denise Love and Stan Laskewich help to get computers to people who need them but can't afford them. (Submitted by STEAM Centre)
A St. Thomas, Ont.-based educational charity wants to gather 400 used computers in order to donate them to people who need them to help bridge what organizers believe is a growing gap between those with access to the internet and those without.
The STEAM Centre, which helps people of all ages build skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEAM) through workshops and programs, has been collecting and refurbishing desktop and laptop computers from donors since 2016.
For full article visit: A St. Thomas charity wants to find a grateful home for your gently used computer | CBC News
Local elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students will have the opportunity to inform the development of community-building projects in St. Thomas & Elgin County
The STEAM Centre is very pleased to announce a contribution of $135,000 from a generous local donor to support the continuation of both the ‘STEAM Community Studio’ and the ‘Students Build Cities’ program in collaboration with Thames Valley District School Board and the team at young & free press. Through these programs, local elementary, secondary and even post-secondary students have the opportunity to contribute ideas to shape innovative community projects. Virtual and in-person sessions connect students directly to the process. Over the past two years, students have participated in more than a dozen projects through these programs, developing design-thinking skills and using a variety of prototyping tools.
“We are thrilled to arrange this wonderful donation to the STEAM Centre”, comments Andrew Gunn, President of Andrew Gunn Consulting and Owner & Editor of young & free press. “Since 2020, we have witnessed the growth and development of the ‘STEAM Community Studio’, which was supported initially with a donation from the Estate of Donna Bushell. The staff at the STEAM Centre provide an exceptional experience, designing ways for students to come up with solutions to real-life challenges brought forward by community members. In complementary fashion, the ‘Students Build Cities’ program gives students the opportunity to be creative and suggest their own ideas to enhance the community. With this funding, the STEAM Centre will be able to support the development and implementation of projects driven forward by students. This is an authentic and rewarding way for students to participate in city-building.”
“We are so excited to receive these funds as we know how much these programs benefit the students,” says Denise Love, Fundraising and Program Manager of STEAM Education Centre. “Those who participate always leave with a new way of looking at the world and truly develop a sense of the importance of community giveback.”
“It has been an honour to see the students thrive and offer their insightful ideas and solutions to community challenges,” adds Fred Cahill, Executive Director of the STEAM Education Centre. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue to do this work and to see the direct benefit to community projects.”
“We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with the STEAM Center and young & free press to build up these innovative programs for students,” states Laura Briscoe, Coordinator of Experiential Learning and Specialist High Skills Major Programs at Thames Valley District School Board.
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Celebrating Those Who Give Back
Duane Orth, Senior Manager of Enterprise Transformation at Entegrus Services presents the STEAM Education Centre with a $5000 donation on behalf of Entegrus Inc. and Corix
This month we reached out to Jim Hogan, CEO of Entegrus Inc. to find out why Entegrus Inc. and Corix chose to support the STEAM Education Centre and our programs and how you can too! Thanks to their generosity a $5000 donation will help us to focus on education and skill development programs for youth in our community.
1) Your company, along with Corix, recently reached out and made a $5000 donation to the STEAM Education Centre. What motivated you to select our organization?
Our donation to the STEAM Education Centre was made in partnership with one of our shareholder's, Corix, after it was determined this contribution would focus on youth learning and critical thinking.
2) Prior to this donation what did you know about the STEAM Centre? Eg. Did you have any other connections with their programming? Entegrus merged with St. Thomas Energy in 2018. We were then introduced to this innovative & valuable community asset. In 2019, Entegrus was one of the STEAM Centre’s partners for their e-waste recycling day, with plans to participate again in 2020 until the event was postponed due to the pandemic. We look forward to picking back up where we left off and exploring new opportunities.
3) Why does Entegrus feel it is important to give back to the communities they work in?
If our communities thrive, we thrive, and it is important to our employees that we demonstrate community leadership. It is ingrained in our culture to give back, often supporting the most vulnerable in our community.
4) What is the impact that you hope to create through this donation
We hope this donation will assist in providing more opportunities for youth in the area to participate in STEAM activities, whether in person or virtually, that it will keep students connected and engaged.
5) What does the idea of STEAM Education mean to you?
Not only is the STEAM education program particularly important to the work Entegrus performs, we believe that STEAM Education helps students develop a plethora of well-rounded skills that inspire creativity while teaching invaluable skills that they will apply in school and beyond.
6) There are so many charities. Why should people in the community consider the STEAM Education Centre to give back to, as you have done?
STEAM Education doesn’t just benefit students who enter industries such as ours, it benefits every student by teaching valuable life skills that will teach them important problem solving, and resiliency: traits that are invaluable and sets students out on the right foot, no matter the career choice. An investment in our students is an investment in the future.
The mission of STEAM Centre is to educate and empower learners to imagine and create the future through play, ingenuity, and innovation using science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). STEAM Education Centres Incorporated is a registered charity. Join generous donors like Entegrus Inc and Corix in supporting our amazing education and community programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click www.steameducation.ca/donate.html#/ to make a one time or monthly contribution.
STEAM Education Centre launches Send a Child to STEAM Camp campaign | 94.1 St.ThomasToday.ca (stthomastoday.ca)
In honour of Giving Tuesday, the STEAM Education Centre in St. Thomas has launched their latest campaign.
Following both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days where we tend to go big in the holiday spending category, Giving Tuesday was designed to kick start the giving season with small acts such as volunteering or donating to a charity.
Jessica Gransaull, Executive Director at the STEAM Centre says that Giving Tuesday seemed like the perfect opportunity to launch their Send a Child to STEAM Camp campaign. Read and listen to the whole story at the link above.
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November 24, 2021
For Immediate Release
STEAM Education Centre
STEAM Education Centre’s Send a Child to STEAM Camp campaign launch for Giving Tuesday, Global Day of Giving on November 30th
St Thomas, ON November 19 2021- STEAM Education Centre is planning to launch the Send a Child to STEAM Camp fundraising campaign for GivingTuesday, a global giving movement driven by individuals, charities, businesses, and communities across Canada and in countries around the world.
For this GivingTuesday the STEAM Education Centre, which is a registered charity, is hoping to help prepare students for the jobs of the future, some that haven’t been invented yet, by teaching important STEAM (science, technology, engineering,art and math) skills through their March Break and Summer Camp programming. Not everyone has access to participate so sponsoring a child to attend camp will go a long way to building their development. Our campaign will launch for GivingTuesday, encouraging those in the community to donate $25 (or more) to sponsor a day of camp for a child aged 7-12 years old. Those who wish to make a donation can do so at https://www.steameducation.ca/donate.html#/
GivingTuesday is the world’s largest generosity movement and is considered by many as the opening day of the giving season. GivingTuesday continues to gain traction across the country in its ninth year, with thousands of partner organizations and millions of Canadians expected to take part. Since 2013, GivingTuesday has united millions of Canadians to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
The impact of GivingTuesday goes well beyond charitable donations, inspiring giving in all its forms. From coast to coast to coast, people are embracing this day as an opportunity to raise money for local charities and nonprofits, run food and clothing drives, give blood, encourage kindness, help a neighbour and celebrate generosity. At a time when we are all experiencing the continued effects of the pandemic, GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity- to use their individual power of generosity to to remain connected and heal.
So far more than 7,500 Canadian charities, businesses, and community groups have used GivingTuesday to rally generosity and help make the world a better place in countless ways. Around the globe there are official GivingTuesday movements in over 70 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more.
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STEAM Community Studio Virtual Marketplace winners Aline's Fine Lingerie have revealed the results of their iGuide experience by CVD Event Studio. STEAM Community studio spent the beginning of July launching the #RailwayCitySocial Instagram event in support of Downtown Business. This was an event that invited the public to check into the instagram pages of local downtown businesses and share the #RailwayCitySocial for a chance to win a downtown prize pack. Due to the challenges to small and medium sized businesses during the pandemic, our program had students from the Ivey Business school at Western University, H.B. Beal Secondary, Fanshawe College and our STEAM staff partner to design Instagram learning clinics and an online campaign for helping downtown businesses pivot to creating engaging online content. Businesses who participated in the project had the chance to win a digital floor plan or iGuide created of their space. The goal of this floor plan is to invite online customers to explore the space in a new way and to engage potential new customers. Those with sensory challenges or who are nervous about returning to the in person shopping environment can also check the business out in advance to build up comfort with the space.
To check out their new iGuide click here: youriguide.com/565_talbot_st_st_thomas_on/
Drop by our STEAM Community Studio page to see our other amazing projects. Year one has just finished and our next six projects have been selected.
Student Name: Brooke Meloche
School: University of Western Ontario
Area of Study: Astrophysics
Year of Study: Third
Time with STEAM: 1 month
As a part of Western University’s Community Engaged Learning Program(CEL), Brooke joins a team of students from the Science in the Community course to assist the STEAM Education Centre with a STEAM Community Studio challenge. During our Your Path campaign, which highlighted 8 local women working in STEM careers, it was discovered that high school students who take senior level credits in math, science and technology were able to access more career opportunities and left them skilled for jobs not even created yet. We are thrilled to introduce Brooke, and the next generation of teachers, innovators and problem solvers.
Brooke is working with a team of students to build a multi-level social media communications campaign to build awareness for high school students to take a senior level math or science credit since less than 50% currently graduate with these courses. The idea is to show how taking these credits can help open doors to future career options even for jobs that don’t even exist yet.
I come from a small town outside of Windsor called LaSalle where I attended French immersion for grade school and high school. I really enjoy sports and did gymnastics for many years as well as track and field. I started to get involved in science in grade school when I had the opportunity to attend the ‘mad science’ after school program.
What difference do you think the project you are working on will have?
The project we are currently working on is designed to promote senior level science and art courses to high school students. I think this project will be an inspiration for high school students to get involved in STEAM and to boost interest in STEAM. I think the outcome of this social media campaign will be that more high school students choose to get involved in STEAM and open their minds to the possibility of senior science and math courses.
Want to become a STEAM Leader? Start volunteering today by emailing us at email@example.com
iSTEAM launched in 2020 with generous and visionary support from Canadian Internet Regulatory Authority (CIRA), and Ontario Trillium Foundation. After a hugely successful school year with students and teachers at Antler River Elementary School (Chippewa of the Thames First Nation), we're thrilled to share the final project report. We look forward to growing the program in 2021-2022 to include more students, schools and communities in this awesome program.
Celebrating those who give back
Name: Terry Carroll, Elgin – St. Thomas Community Foundation
Title: Executive director
We reached out to Terry to find out why the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation chooses to support the STEAM Education Centre and our programs and how you can too! The Community Foundation helps people and families give back to charities they care about to help address local, community needs.
When did you get involved with STEAM?
Our first involvement was in late 2016 when STEAM hosted an open house at the former Wellington Street Public School. At that time, it was important to begin to understand the Centre and where we might play a role.
How has the Community Foundation played a role in this involvement?
Our role has largely been as a funder. We have also played a small role in helping spread the word about STEAM.
How have you given back to the STEAM Education Centre?
In addition to our role as a funder, we did one thing so small it sounds almost silly to mention. We had a spare computer monitor and donated it to STEAM earlier this year. But I suppose if everybody thinks like that, it has an impact.
What was your favourite contribution and why?
The grants to the Centre from the Community Foundation through the Bushell Estate last year, totaling over $278,000 including a major gift to the STEAM Community Studio, have to top the list. It was a great experience working with Andrew Gunn and Jessica Gransaull on the way to delivering the grant.
What does the idea of STEAM Education mean to you?
It’s an innovative approach to teaching and learning coupled with some very practical work like the refurbishing and donating of computer equipment to people who can’t otherwise afford it. We also respect the integrity of the people involved at the Centre.
What made you decide to give your first donation?
In our case, it was part of our application process. In 2018, STEAM made a successful grant application to what we now call our Great-EST Needs Fund.
There are so many charities. Why should people in the community consider the STEAM Education Centre to donate to?
There’s the youth aspect which is important, the partnerships including the one with the Ignite Youth Centre, the innovation in a responsible manner, exciting programs, and, frankly, impressive staff people and Board Members. We are also fans of the Facebook group for non-profits Jessica has recently launched!
How do you think students benefit from our programs?
The hands-on aspect has always been important for students. Your commitment to inclusivity is second to none. And the areas STEAM is focusing on should really benefit students in their job searches later.
Why do you think it is important that people support community programs?
It’s as important for the person doing the supporting as it is for the person or program being supported. Want to feel better about yourself? Do something for someone else.
Learn more about the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation at https://escf.ca/ and if you would like to support STEAM’s education initiatives click here to donate