STEAM Engine Program Impact and Highlights | Annual Report 2023

April 15, 2024

We’re thrilled to present some highlights from the 2023 school year!

STEAM Engine is an in-class program where grades 5 to 8 students learn and apply concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to both enhance their digital technology skills and increase interest in STEM fields. In STEAM Engine, participants complete eight one-hour workshops during their core science or math class, facilitated by a representative role model/facilitator.

Last year, STEAM Engine reached 1,036 students from 14 schools. During the sessions, 17 STEM professionals from GM Canada opened up about their own educational and career journeys, offering priceless advice and shedding light on the paths to STEM careers.

What’s more, STEAM Engine is making strides in closing the gender gap in STEM. Nearly half of the participants are female or identify as gender non-conforming. We’re thrilled to play a part in this important shift within the world of STEM.

This year, we had many notable visitors to our program. Hamilton MPP Neil Lumsden visited the program to talk to students about their experiences. 17 classrooms were fortunate to receive a visit from employees from GM Canada, who spoke to students about their journey into the STEM fields, and more specifically into the automotive sector.

The STEAM Engine Program was generously supported by a host of public and private funders including: the Hamilton Community Foundation, NSERC PromoScience, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network, GM Canada, the City of Hamilton, and the R. R. McCann and Family Foundation.