March 3rd, 2023
WHAT - On Friday, March 3rd at 4:30 PM, MPP Rob Flack will be at the STEAM Education Centre as they celebrate being the recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Resilient Communities Fund grant. This grant is working to help shape the digital transformation of STEAM and iSTEAM educational school programming and the overall centre operations since the pandemic. MPP Rob Flack and an Ontario Trillium Foundation will attend the event to celebrate the work done as a result of receiving this grant from the Foundation. Fred Cahill, Executive Director of STEAM Education Centre and his team will present the results of the project to date and its impact on the community.
WHO - Rob Flack, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London
Mike Lang, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Grant Review Team volunteer
Fred Cahill, Executive Director, STEAM Education Centre
Dakota Ireland, Indigenous Digital Program Developer
Dann Lewis, Digital Program Developer
WHEN - Friday, March 3rd at 4:30 p.m. WHERE - 745 Talbot St, St Thomas, Ontario N5P 1E3
PHOTO & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
For more information, please contact: Denise Love, Fundraising and Program Manager STEAM Education Centre 226-212-0048 email@example.com
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.
For further information, please contact
Denise Love, Fundraising and Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org / 226.212.0048 / www.steameducation.ca
Community Spotlight: Natalie Tyson awarded $5000 grant for STEAM Family Camp idea
St. Thomas, ON, Canada / 94.1 St.ThomasToday.ca
94.1 myFM News staff
Jul 23, 2021 | 6:00 AM
The STEAM Education Centre in St. Thomas has received an Ontario Community Changemakers grant thanks to the work of summer student Natalie Tyson.
Tyson, who started with STEAM back in May is no stranger to the work they do, having first hand experience working with them as a robotics team member at Parkside.
With Tyson now in her final year of her Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Program at Fanshawe College, she brought her love of STEAM and education together to come up with a new STEAM Family Camps idea.
Tyson took that idea and applied for the 8 80 Cities microgrant of $5,000, and was awarded 1 of just 20.
Read whole story here: /www.stthomastoday.ca/2021/07/23/48279/
$31,700 OTF grant enriches lives and gives community members a voice by funding artistic tools and the creation of an audio/video production studio at STEAM Education Centre
We are delighted to be the recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) $31,700 Capital Grant. This grant will allow the Centre to build an audio/video/production technology based studio that will enrich the lives of the local community by providing a space where further art and technology education can be explored. Students from the Ignite Youth Centre, other youth groups and members of the community will be able to access the space, once in person visits are safe to do so, and use it to create videos and podcasts as well as to explore other digital technologies. This provides an opportunity for sharing voices that might not otherwise be heard and teaches fundamental arts and technology skills.
“Students love to make and create to demonstrate what they're learning. The creative process is also about giving students tools to construct a variety of emerging technologies to learn through experience. This Capital grant from OTF will give students an opportunity to create their own expressions, build meaning, work through problems, and acquire new knowledge and skills in context,” says Jessica Gransaull, Executive Director STEAM Centre.
The OTF grant will allow for the acquisition of:
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.