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STEAM Centre Students of the Month July 2021
Name: Subhadra Nair and Shintu John
School: Fanshawe College – Public Relations-Corporate Communications
Time with STEAM Centre: 2 months
As a part of Fanshawe College’s Public Relations and Communications Program, Shintu and Subhadra came to STEAM Education Centre to support the social media marketing team for promoting our STEAM@Home summer camps, video editing and also assisting with our STEAM Community Studio community impact events. These students assisted with the Virtual Marketplace #RailwayCitySocial event to help support local businesses pivot online during a pandemic and are currently working on a project for the St Thomas Fire Department in an effort to help raise awareness about the importance of smoke detector installations and upkeep for seniors in the community. Subhadra has even spent much of her internship connecting with us virtually directly from her home in India despite the 9.5-hour time difference! Both students are extremely talented and dedicated. We are thrilled to introduce Shintu and Subhadra, and the next generation of teachers, innovators and problem solvers. Learn more about STEAM Education Centre’s school and community programs for student engagement and experiential learning at www.steameducation.ca.
Hi, we are Shintu John and Subhadra Nair and we are doing Public Relations-Corporate Communications at Fanshawe College. The Virtual Marketplace #RailwayCitySocial project that we worked on through STEAM Community Studio, is intended to encourage local businesses to participate in an Instagram Clinic to help them to do business online. During the pandemic it was hard for local businesses to pivot to an online format so we have designed posters to invite businesses to join a learning Instagram clinic and win prizes. The event also invited the public to join the contest and to engage online with local downtown businesses. We got a chance to come up with different designs for the project. We also worked for Bold Biology Camp and Super Steam Camp by making posters and editing videos. Currently, we are working on a Smoke Detector Campaign to make the seniors aware of the importance of smoke detectors.
I am doing my Postgraduate course in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Fanshawe College. As a part of my studies, I got a chance to work with STEAM as a placement. The experience I am getting from working with the team is really great and will be very helpful for my future professional life. I was able to use most of my theoretical knowledge from college and understood how it is to be done in a real scenario.
I completed Advanced Communications for Professionals from Fanshawe College last year. As part of my PR course, I got a chance to work with STEAM as an intern. It is a great experience to work with STEAM Education Centre and I have learned a lot from this time being with them. I think the experience and knowledge I am getting from the team will be helpful for my career. It is helping me to understand how to apply things in a workspace scenario which we have studied in our course.
What difference do you think the project you are working on will have?
The Virtual Marketplace is helpful for local businesses to learn about the role of Instagram to attract more customers and how to use it and the Summer Camps will provide the students with a chance to have fun and learn at their home with their parents. It is an interesting theme to do a camp with family. Finally, the Smoke Detector project is worthwhile in the present scenario in that it helps the seniors to be aware of the need for detectors and their usage. We consider this as a great opportunity to also help the fire department to reduce fire fatalities.