GM Canada, University of Ontario Institute of Technology Announce Four New STEM Initiatives
General Motors Canada this month announced four initiatives aimed at encouraging students to pursue education, and ultimately careers, in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The initiatives are the result of a partnership between GM Canada and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and will focus on delivering hands-on, interactive learning experiences to approximately 8,500 students over the next several years.
“This collaboration with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is a continuation of our commitment to advancing STEM opportunities and education,” said Steve Carlisle, GM Canada president and managing director. “As GM looks to grow our talent pipeline to lead the future of mobility through technologies in autonomous development, connectivity, electrification, and car sharing, we plan to build on the success of these programs and fund further initiatives. We believe that helping students build confidence to embrace these fields needs to start in a supportive and encouraging environment at an early age.”
The four initiatives are an Elementary School Teacher Professional Development Program, which focuses on providing 24 elementary school teachers in the Durham Region with the tools necessary to provide STEM education to their combined 600 students; c_wonder Maker Truck, operated by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Engineering Outreach program and geared toward enabling students to think critically in regards to STEM topics; Oshawa Assembly Plant Scholarships, which will reward three Mechatronics Engineering students each year with financial assistance; and ENG SQUAD Summer Camps, which will be hosted by the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and catered to students between grades four and eight.
“GM Canada’s generous investment shows their commitment to the university and to strengthening our community as a whole,” said Dr. Tarlochan Sidhu, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “Their continued contributions to our faculty’s outreach programs will help inspire youth in Durham Region and surrounding communities to explore STEM fields and propel them into exciting careers in engineering.”