Federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan visited campers at Carleton University’s Virtual Ventures on Monday to highlight the importance of offering future career options to children.
“Virtual Ventures is an important and effective program that exemplifies Carleton’s commitment to make a difference,” said Carleton President Alastair Summerlee. “The activity provides youth with examples of careers that they may not have otherwise contemplated.’’
Duncan visited two groups of campers. The first group, the Codemakers, is an all girls camp comprised of children in grades 3 to 6 and is focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. During the visit, campers were using 3D digital modelling to design a virtual heart.
The minister also met with the Terabytes, children in grades 5 to 6. This camp is designed to give campers the opportunity to innovate, design and code fun projects.
“The whole Virtual Ventures team was excited to meet Minister Duncan,” said Christine Riddell, director of Virtual Ventures. “It is such a great opportunity for the campers to see first-hand how the government is encouraging STEM education. These programs open the doors to endless possibilities for campers.”
At each stop, Duncan shared her favourite stories about science and encouraged the children to ask questions. She emphasized the importance of working with students and young people and supporting their STEM interests.
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