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.
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