Funding for Venture Camp
August 29, 2011
McMaster Daily News
FedDev Ontario recently announced up to $1.25 million in funding for Actua,
a national science, engineering and technology youth outreach network that
includes McMaster. The funding will help create spaces in southern Ontario
for children to participate in summer camps, classroom workshops, clubs
and community outreach activities.
At McMaster, that means more support for the Venture
engineering and science camp.
Venture is a non-profit organization designed and run by undergraduate
students in the Faculty of Engineering. The program aims to inspire and
motivate youth to explore engineering and science through interactive programming
and engage youth from diverse backgrounds by offering exciting summer camps,
curriculum-based school workshops and other outreach initiatives.
"We're very excited to be receiving such great support for our programs," said
Carm Vespi, manager of the Venture camp. "We'll now be able to expand
our programming and bring engineering and science to many more students,
which is wonderful."
This year, Venture reached more than 9,000 students with travelling workshops
and outreach programs such as boys and girls clubs, an on-campus Robotics
Club and a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton.
The Actua funding will support customized programming designed to engage
youth who are typically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM). This includes aboriginal youth, girls,
underprivileged youth, at-risk youth and youth living in remote areas or
The investment is provided through FedDev Ontario's Youth STEM Initiative,
aimed at encouraging students in kindergarten through Grade 12 to pursue
and education or career in the STEM fields.
Campers in the Computers & Technology
program proudly display their VFOs
(Venture Flying Objects), electronic flying discs which use multiple
LEDs to light up as they fly by.
Campers in the Engineering & Science program learn about the PH scale in
a project called "crazy
cabbage chemistry". Various household
foods and chemicals were tested to determine whether
they were acidic or basic, determined by a color indicator