Supporting STEM: Toyota Canada funds educational outreach programs amid the pandemic

Toronto, Ontario — Toyota Canada increases support for education outreach organizations to ensure that the ever-important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses can still be delivered to underrepresented youth in Canada, amid the pandemic. 

With in-school classes paused across the nation, the new online learning platform has put many youth at a disadvantage, especially when it comes to learning STEM courses. 

For this reason, Acuta and Let’s Talk Science, which are both Canadian STEM education outreach organizations, have been supporting and developing the delivery of remote STEM programming to bring important programming to “hard to reach” children via the Internet, said Toyota in an online release. 

Some examples of the initiatives these organizations are kick-starting include; online STEM summer camps, hands-on STEM education kits for children with little to no access to technology and learning packs that include materials to support STEM literacy and interest. 

“As learning has shifted from the classroom to the household, children and youth without the proper digital tools and educational resources are being left behind and it’s becoming more difficult for the marginalized in our communities to get ahead in STEM as these groups are already underrepresented,” said Toyota Canada Foundation Board Member, Leslie Miller. “Toyota Canada Foundation is focused on programs that reach out to and support these kids and we believe it’s vitally important to continue to reach and engage them in STEM education experiences as they adapt to this new reality.”

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