Press release

March 23, 2018

TORONTO - Toronto Pearson is helping provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshops to 38,000 local youth through a three-year, $600,000 investment in Canada’s leading science education charity for children, Scientists in School. In celebration of the partnership, an interactive event is being held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Albion Centre, located at 1530 Albion Road in Etobicoke.

Over three years, Toronto Pearson’s investment will provide:

  • more than 10,000 students direct, in-class workshops through the airport’s adoption of 25 schools across Brampton, Mississauga and Etobicoke;
  • approximately 1,000 subsidized in-class workshops that will reach more than 28,000 youth in the GTA who attend schools not involved in the ‘Adopt-a-School’ program; and
  • funding for a three-year research study that examines the impact of Scientists in School on students and teachers, with a special focus on long-term attitudinal and behavioural changes in students in six Greater Toronto Area schools.

“Toronto Pearson has an important role to play in helping lift local neighbourhoods by connecting them to opportunities for skills development. By partnering with Scientists in School, we’re helping provide unhindered access to interactive STEM curriculum for thousands of youth across the GTA,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

“In our immersive classroom workshops, children experience the excitement of STEM under the guidance of visiting scientists, engineers and other STEM role models who bring bins of materials into the classroom, making the workshop hands-on for every child. Young scientists become immersed in inquiry; experimenting alongside teachers and parent volunteers as they peer into microscopes, test their powers of observation, design pneumatic models to solve a problem, explore insect adaptations, experiment with levers - and build bridges to their futures. All children deserve to become scientists in school, and thanks to Toronto Pearson, this important opportunity is being given to 38,000 local youth,” said Cindy Adams, Executive Director of Scientists in School.

“Building a better world though programs like Scientists in School is always exciting and positive news. By engaging children in enriching and real-world experiences that spark imaginative learning and nurture their inquisitive minds, the Scientists in School program helps them discover the fascinating and fun side of science, technology, engineering and math. Helping kids get an early start on 21st century global skills gives them the chance to become the science leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets needed to be future innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors,” said Dr. Molly Shoichet, Ontario’s Chief Scientist.

To learn more about how Toronto Pearson is investing in its neighbours, please visit www.torontopearson.com/connects.

For more information about Scientists in School, please visit www.scientistsinschool.ca.

Media contacts:

Natalie Moncur
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
416-776-3709
Natalie.Moncur@gtaa.com

Amy Schindler
Scientists in School
416-554-2975

About Toronto Pearson

Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security and supporting the success of our airline partners. Welcoming approximately 47 million passengers in 2017, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport and second busiest North American airport for international traffic.

The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario's GDP and directly employs 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means balancing operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. It strives to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.

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About Scientists in School

Founded in 1989, Scientists in School is a dynamic Canadian charity dedicated to catalyzing long-lasting interest in STEM and environmental stewardship through hands-on, discovery-based classroom and community workshops. Last year, more than 665,000 Kindergarten to Grade 8 students in 25,000 workshops across Ontario and Alberta became 'scientists in school', with another 20,000 participating in community setting workshops. Nine million young scientists have been engaged over Scientists in School’s 29-year history. Our mission is to ignite scientific curiosity in children so that they question intelligently; learn through discovery; connect scientific knowledge to their world; are excited about science, technology, engineering and math; and have their interest in careers in those fields piqued. For more, visit www.scientistsinschool.ca.

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