The Toyota Canada Foundation announced a $150,000 investment in Let’s Talk Science to support national science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education outreach for youth across Canada, regardless of gender, geography, culture, language, abilities, or financial status.
“In a rapidly changing, complex world it is critical that we ensure all children and youth remain curious, ask questions and have the skills required to participate, thrive and lead,” said Bonnie Schmidt, president, Let’s Talk Science. “Toyota recognizes that Let’s Talk Science experiences support talent development required for Canada’s future success.”
Toyota’s investment will help ensure Canadian youth continue to have access to free, hands-on STEM-based programming offered through Let’s Talk Science in both English and French. Engaging more young people from segments of the population that are currently underrepresented in STEM, including girls, Indigenous youth, rural and remote youth, and youth with socioeconomic challenges, is a significant priority for Toyota Canada Foundation.
“Today’s children and youth represent Canada’s next generation of designers, engineers and technicians, and they will be shaping the future of mobility,” said Leslie Miller, Toyota Canada Foundation board member. “Organizations like Let’s Talk Science focus on technology education beyond the textbooks and tablets, and that’s imperative to inspiring more youth across the country to pursue an education and career in science, technology, engineering or math.”
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada also announced a $50,000 investment to grow the Let’s Talk Science Outreach program in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Woodstock, and London, Ontario, for a combined total investment of $200,000 from Toyota in Canada.
Since 1993, Let’s Talk Science has engaged over 8.5 million youth and educators in more than 2,000 communities within every province and territory across Canada.