SK science outreach program receives international awards

October 8, 2014

An innovative science outreach program in Saskatchewan has been recognized with 2 international awards. The PotashCorp Kamskénow program—a collaboration between the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Public Schools, and title sponsor PotashCorp—provides hands-on science programs to Grades 4–12 classes in Saskatoon with high proportions of Aboriginal students. The program runs for 13 weeks, with students participating in science labs on campus in the final week; graduate and undergraduate students from uSask’s science programs facilitate the science activities. The program was awarded 2 Global Best Awards from the International Business Education Partnership Network: the 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Award for the North America region; and best overall in the STEM category for 2014. “We are thrilled with this recognition and validation,” said Lana Elias, Director of Science Outreach Programs for uSask’s Division of Science. “It’s an honour to share our enthusiasm for learning and to empower Aboriginal students to succeed in the fields of science and mathematics.” uSask News