(May 6, 2016) St. Boniface Hospital’s RBC Youth BIOlab Jeunesse will receive $120,000 over 3 years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The announcement was made as part of NSERC’s PromoScience program, which supports science outreach for youth in communities across Canada. Youth BIOlab has held PromoScience funding since 2010. The 2016-2018 grant will support further development with remote and First Nations schools and communities.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Dr. B. Mario Pinto, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) made the announcement at the Canadian Association of Science Centres annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia this morning.
“St. Boniface Hospital Research, together with NSERC, the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and our many partners in the education community, see the value in promoting science beyond the walls of our laboratories” says Stephen Jones, Youth BIOlab Jeunesse Coordinator and Teaching Liaison. “By engaging youth with current biomedical science in the Youth BIOlab, we hope to share our passion for discovery, stimulate curiosity and inspire the next generation of learners and thinkers”.
Minister Duncan and Dr. Pinto also took the opportunity to officially launch Science Odyssey, a ten-day series of science-based activities and events across Canada taking place from May 6 to 15, 2016. The focus is to engage and inspire young Canadians and the general public across the country by showcasing Canada’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) accomplishments.
Throughout Science Odyssey, Youth BIOlab Jeunesse will be welcoming student groups from across Manitoba for 5 days of hands-on biomedical science, with participation from the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, Winnipeg School Division and the Louis Riel School Division. “We look forward to building new relationships with students and educators that will continue to stimulate interest in current Manitoba science” says Jones.
The RBC Youth BIOlab Jeunesse teaching laboratory was built with support from Manitoba Education, RBC, and the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and opened its doors to students in Spring 2013. The program is delivered in partnership with Manitoba school divisions and with the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to connect St-Boniface Hospital and Research Centre to classroom learning.