Driving 950 Ontario youth to develop a passion for engineering and technology via the STEAM Engine Program

5 June 2023

Today, we’re celebrating our STEAM Engine Program!

The 2022 – 2023 program just wrapped up. We are excited to share some highlights from the school year with you!

STEAM Engine Program in-class is a hands-on, project-based learning (PjBL) STEM program provided to Grades 5 – 8 students.

The STEAM Engine Program started in 2016 in just one school in Hamilton. Now, it’s reaching hundreds of students throughout Ontario, all the way from Oshawa to Kitchener! 

This year, we brought STEAM Engine to 950 students from 19 different schoolsThroughout the program, 12 real life STEM professionals from GM Canada shared their own academic and professional journeys, give memorable advice, and demystify STEM career paths.

STEAM Engine is also closing the STEM gender gap, as almost half of its participants are female or gender non-conforming students. We are so proud to be making this change within the STEM field.

Thank you to our STEAM Engine sponsors, Hamilton Community Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and General Motors – we couldn’t have run this program without them.


Helping Students Build Technical Skills and Confidence

The STEAM Engine Program inspired many students this year, including Muqadasa, a newcomer student from Pauline Johnson Elementary School, Hamilton.

Muqadasa didn’t just learn digital literacy skills in this program, but her instructor also helped her learn the English language so she could communicate with her classmates.

Mentoring Opportunities from STEM Professionals

Students in the STEAM Engine Program got to hear from real-life STEM professionals from GM Canada! These mentors shared their own academic and professional journeys, gave memorable advice, and demystified STEM career paths