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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.

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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.

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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