On July 11 2017, we launched our brand new STEM Community Leaders (SCL) program. The three year pilot program aims to extend the experience of the Community STEM Clubs program by engaging target youth in grades 8 to 12 in immersive STEM learning, leadership development, and community engagement.
We kicked off a 7-week summer term with 19 youth from 9 of our target communities- many of whom were past STEM club participants. Youth participated in engaging talks and workshops including:
Hands- on experiences at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Apple Canada, and the Inventorium at the Ontario Science Centre
A two-day immersion camp at The University of Toronto Mississauga
A two-week internship (The Harriet Brooks Internship) at Ryerson University
The Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program at UofT Engineering
Workshops at The Dunlap Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics as well as the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at The University of Toronto
Throughout the whole experience, the participants grew as leaders, developed long-lasting relationships, learned a lot about STEM fields and careers, and had an incredible time doing it! For the fall term, our leaders will be back in the Community STEM Clubs as Youth Facilitators- we can’t wait to see them in action!
More information about the STEM Community Leaders program will be coming soon.
A special thanks to all our partners who made this summer possible!
Note: there is not an open application process for this program at this time.
On March 18, 2017, over 100 youth from 9 of our Community STEM Clubs visited the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) to gain a first hand look at what science looks like at a university and its application to the real world. Participants travelled across the campus and engaged in hands-on workshops held by UTM faculty and students, including working with fossils and insects. Thank you UTM and we look forward to being back next year!
On April 29th, 2017 we celebrated our 5th annual year end event- The Visionary Expo at the Ontario Science Centre! This year, the event brought together over 350 youth and volunteers from 19 Community STEM Clubs across the GTHA for a celebration STEM learning!
The opening presentation was hosted by the CEO of the Ontario Science Centre, Dr. Maurice Bitran and this year the youth had the opportunity to listen to a keynote speech from Canadian Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams! Following the speech, the youth had a lot of burning questions that were answered during a riveting Q and A session- it could have lasted all day!
The main event showcased various presentations on STEM-based modules that clubs prepared and delivered to their peers, guests, and community members. Their presentations reflected their hard work and dedicated and five clubs took home top category prizes. A special thank you to our amazing judges who had the tough task of narrowing down the final winners. In the end, all participants walked away with the success of completing another great year of STEM clubs! A HUGE thank you to our dedicated staff and volunteer facilitators who give their time every week to providing this programming - Thank you!
Finally, a big thank you to the Ontario Science Centre for being incredible hosts of this event; we greatly appreciate your support! Thank you to our key event sponsors Entripy Custom Clothing, Pizza Pizza and Toronto Community Housing! As we close the program year for Community STEM Clubs, we look forward to another great year of programming ahead!
On March 31st, 2017, we hosted our second annual fundraising gala at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall, and through the support of over 250 attendees and our sponsors, we raised over $6000 to go towards our organization and initiatives!
Britta B, our MC for the evening, kept everyone engaged for the whole night with her energy and enthusiasm! We greatly appreciate the Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, for attending and delivering a passionate and inspirational speech about the importance of education and the new opportunities that await our youth. The students from our Community STEM Clubs also attended and passionately articulated their experiences within the program. Thank you to the wonderful artists who shared their talents through their captivating performances throughout the night.
We want to extend a huge thank you to our platinum sponsor - Ryerson University Faculty of Science, our gold sponsors - Meridian Credit Union and Elizabeth Hurly of Perreira Hurly Wealth Advisory, and our in-kind donors for their support!
The evening was a huge success thanks to all the donors, attendees, and to Chivaun Payne and the planning committee for making the evening possible! We look forward to next year!
Our CEO, Eugenia Duodu was featured in HERstory in Black and honoured amongst 150 Black Canadian Women who have made notable achievements in their field and in the community! Eugenia's story was highlighted as well as her work in leading our organization. Take a look at the article and videos!
Read the CBC News article and watch the video here.
Watch the feature from CBC's The National!
On April 30, 2016 inside Ryerson University's Sear's Atrium, we held our 4th annual year end event celebration. All 14 of our science clubs from across the GTHA and our STEM Design Project participants (ArtReach Toronto) gathered together to showcase their work to parents, community supporters and partners.
Our incredible keynote speaker, Dan Riskin of Discovery Channel's Daily Planet, inspired all participants, volunteers and guests alike through sharing his journey with science discovery and his research on bats! He left everyone with a special message to "stay curious" with a renewed ambition to continue to do so!
The day was also full of recognition of the hard work that our community partners and volunteers have put into supporting our organization. The continued support from Ryerson University- Faculty of Science and Toronto Community Housing was recognized along with that of the most valuable volunteers from the last science club semester. A special thank you to TREC Education for delivering a workshop!
Overall, we had a great day to wrap up a great year and next year will be even better! Stay Tuned! #Onwardsandupwards
On February 26, 2016 at the beautiful Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall we held our very first fundraising gala! We had 243 people in attendance and raised over $5000 in funds to go towards supports our programs and initiatives!
Jason Kandenkary (principal at Nelson Mandela Park Public School) and a student, Latisha were our MCs and did a fantastic job guiding the night. We greatly appreciated the support of the Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti who gave a speech on the importance of our programs in the community. Our very own Eugenia Duodu gave the keynote address with some students from our science clubs program- it was an inspiring night!
A thank you to the amazing performers and artists who shared their talents and to our event sponsors who gave their support. Also, a HUGE thank you to Chivaun Payne and our event planning committee who made this night a great success! We can't wait for next year!
On November 14, 2015 CBC Toronto paid a visit to our Swansea Mews science club. The volunteers and staff loved having Nick visit and we think that he learned something new! A big thanks to CBC Toronto for featuring our club and the organization. We are passionate about our communities and are encouraged to keep doing good work! A HUGE thank you to our supporters as well! Onwards and upwards!
The link includes the full newscast (and ads...sorry) so please go to 24:31 to check out the VOS feature!
Over the summer we decided to take a deeper look at the impact of our community science clubs program. We interviewed both youth participants and volunteers from several of our Toronto science club locations to really understand the impact the program was having on the community. What we found was very positive! Not only were students becoming more engaged and interested in science, but they also displayed an increase in confidence and improvements academically. Here at Visions of Science, we are always trying to improve what we do. We trust that as we continue to deliver our programs our positive impact in the community will be deeper and far reaching! Watch the video for a deeper look. Length: Approx. 12 min. Special thanks to Toronto Community Housing for funding through the Youth Action Grant.