Fifty-six of the brightest high school students from across Canada will converge on Carleton University on July 1 as part of the 2012 Shad Valley Program.
This four-week residential program provides a transformative experience, pushing the students to expand their horizons and think in unconventional ways. Students will learn about science, business and innovation while being immersed in local culture. The comprehensive academic curriculum will be coupled with team-building activities and outings to cultural sites. Participants live in residence and have the advantage of previewing campus life.
“The Shad Valley Carleton program seeks to foster innovative thinking and develop creative solutions to real-world problems through a series of Innovations Workshops, as well as the opportunity for interactive engagement with entrepreneurs in the Ottawa area and challenging faculty members at Carleton University,” said Dr. Kate Oakley, program director for Shad Valley Carleton.
The participants will take part in stimulating workshops and extraordinary lectures, as well as meeting with industry and community leaders from the Ottawa region and renowned researchers at Carleton. This will culminate in thought-provoking projects that the public can see at an Open Day on July 26.
Participants in the not-for-profit Shad Valley program are selected based on their high potential in the fields of science, technology and engineering, while demonstrating strong leadership skills and a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Selected from some 1,000 applicants worldwide, 517 were chosen for the program through a process that takes into account exceptional academic standing, as well as volunteerism, community involvement and extracurricular activities. Once admitted to the program, students are assigned to one of 10 host campuses across Canada, often far from home. A financial awards package (scholarships and bursaries) provides assistance to successful candidates who need support towards their participant fee.
About Shad Valley:
Shad Valley International is a Canadian not-for-profit organization based in Waterloo, Ontario. The program currently boasts a network of over 11,000 Shad Valley alumni including 22 Rhodes Scholars, more than 200 benefactors and thousands of educators at schools nation-wide.
Celebrating 30 years of excellence in 2010, Shad Valley provides a transformational experience that unleashes the entrepreneurial and innovative potential of exceptional youth. Hosted in July across Canada, the Shad Valley program is an intensive month-long enrichment program for high-potential secondary school students. They live in campus residence and attend workshops and lectures that focus on science, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship. They also enjoy team-building exercises and recreational activities that create a strong sense of community. Shad Valley’s close to 12,000 alumni are outstanding achievers that create a strong network for program participants. More information is available at www.shad.ca.
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