Let Connections help you put the "E" in your STEM work
We know that we are not alone in our aim to raise interest and confidence in STEM. Let's work together! Connections can bring a wealth of expertise in Engineering, which is a very important part of STEM, the part that makes science and math relevant to the real world.
Aboriginal Access to Engineering (AAE) at Queen’s University is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal engineers in Canada. By promoting math and science to elementary and high school students, supporting the efforts of their teachers, and enabling access to post-secondary study, they are encouraging more Aboriginal youth to become qualified engineers.
Our world is changing fast. We don’t know what the jobs of the future will be, but what we do know is that foundational skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will help prepare youth for any career path they choose to pursue.
Actua is a national charity that is preparing youth to be innovators and leaders by engaging them in exciting and accessible STEM experiences that build critical skills and confidence.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a national organization of Engineers who work to raise awareness of, and use Engineering solutions to improve living conditions for the world's poorest citizens. Their Youth Ventures team visits schools as guest speakers to lead engaging, hands-on activities related to Engineering and world poverty.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) is a dynamic group of women who support each other through their university studies and run a number of outreach initiatives for both K-12 girls and women at Universities, including mentorship, science clubs at select Kingston schools, and events for girls at Queen's university.
SparQ Labs is a group of students from various faculties including commerce, engineering, and arts that run a lab that allows students to find the tools and resources they need to turn their ideas into a reality. They aim to drive innovation in education using a bottoms-up approach in order to provide every student with the opportunity to create.
Science Rendezvous is an annual festival of science that takes place at the K-Rock Centre in early May every year. Dozens of organizations, including EngQonnect, are there to share exciting science and Engineering with the whole family.
Science Quest has multiple summer camps that it runs from the primary engineering building. It has a variety of interesting and stimulating camps for children in grades 4 through 8. Some camps include Girls Quest, French Science Camp and Entrepreneurs in Science.
The Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) program offers enrichment opportunities for kids and youth grades 6 to 12 within the Queen's University setting. There are both commuter programs as well as residence programs to address any distance issues. Participants get the opportunity to get a very thorough understanding in the area of their choosing with a graduate student. In addition to this students get to experience the university life, which ranges from eating in residence to eat in the cafeteria.
Established in September 2009 with the generous support of the Imperial Oil Foundation, the Community Outreach Centre is an important hub for innovative programs and projects related to literacy, mathematics, science and technology education.
Robogals chapters run engineering and technology workshops free-of-charge in their local communities, focusing on encouraging girls from primary to secondary school to explore an interest, as well as cultivate self-confidence, in these areas.
Introducing female engineering students to girls at a young age also provides visibility to female role models, of which there is a significant deficit in the STEM field.
The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) is a network for girls ages 7-16 who have an interest in science, engineering, mathematics and technology and would like to learn more. The purpose of CAGIS is to promote, educate and support interest and confidence in STEM among girls. CAGIS chapter members, aged 7-16, meet monthly to explore STEM with fun, hands-on activities led by women and men specializing in many different fields. CAGIS is for girls by girls.
The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
The First Robotics charity was established in 2001, and aims to inspire youth to pursue careers in science and technology fields, engage communities with mentorship, volunteering and sponsorship events and finally develop crucial leadership, teamwork and communication skills. The charity offers events for children from ages 6 to 14 as well as a specific high school competition.
There are two FIRST Robotics clubs in Kingston:
- W.A.F.F.L.E.S. - for children and youth aged 6-18 who live in the Kingston area
- The Lake Effect - a high school robotics team that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Accepts members from all schools in the Limestone District School Board. (The Lake Effect was formed through the amalgamation of Team 2809: K-Botics and Team 3710: The CyberFalcons)
Girls Inc. Limestone provides life-skills education and mentoring programs for girls, and is at the heart of girls' lives and forefront of the girls' rights movement. With programs that are grounded in research and tested in the field, they celebrate and empower girls and young women, and advocate for an equitable world.
Are you part of an organization which promotes STEM in the Kingston area? Contact us to be included in our listing!