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April Newsletter – Seize Your STEM Opportunities This Month!

Hey there, aspiring innovators,

In the vast landscape of human achievement, opportunity is the soil that nurtures the seeds of innovation and growth. Just as a gardener tills the earth, preparing it to support new life, every young scientist, technologist, engineer, and mathematician must prepare their minds to seize the opportunities that come their way. Picture a door slightly ajar, behind which lie the mysteries of the universe, the solutions to tomorrow’s problems, and the tools for personal and community advancement. This door appears throughout your journey in STEM, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically, offering a chance to step through and explore the unknown. Engaging in STEM projects is like turning the handle, pushing the door open wider with each question asked and each experiment conducted.

These opportunities are not fleeting moments but are continuous and ever-evolving, much like the field of STEM itself. Each project you undertake is a stepping stone, leading you deeper into the realms of knowledge and possibility. Whether you’re launching rockets, coding software, or devising sustainable energy solutions, you are walking through that door of opportunity. With each problem you choose to solve, you not only build your skills and understanding but also lay down the tracks for future travels, perhaps even on paths no one has yet taken. It’s a dynamic adventure, one that promises as much personal transformation as it does academic and professional achievement.


💬 Discussion of the Month 🗨️

Considering Canada’s contribution to space exploration, such as the Canadarm, what future roles should Canada aim to play in international space missions? How can Canadian youth contribute to this field?

Let me know your thoughts by emailing me or joining the discussion in the purpleSTEMwave Discord server or on our social media.


STEM Opportunities

I’ve collected some upcoming STEM opportunities that you might be interested in:

  • Exploring the Fossil Frontier – May 1, Virtual
    CWSF alum, Graeme Hopkins, presents his findings and their significance at an event at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Register to join virtually.
  • Let’s Talk Forests – May 9, Virtual
    Join Let’s Talk Science as they explore the connections between forest management, wildfires, and the ongoing challenge of climate change. Learn more here.
  • Regeneron ISEF 2024 – May 11-17, Virtual
    Regeneron ISEF 2024, the world’s largest pre-college STEM competition, will take place from May 11-17 in Los Angeles, California, complemented by a virtual site where finalists will share their projects online. Browse the ISEF student projects here.
  • Festival Eurêka 2024 – May 24-26, Montreal
    La 16ème édition du Festival Eurêka! a réuni plus de 65 000 festivalier.e.s au parc Jean-Drapeau, au pied de la Biosphère! Plus de renseignements.

If you know of other upcoming events, opportunities or programs for Canadian youth interested in STEM, I’d love for you to send me an email or submit it here.


And of course, don’t miss the upcoming Canada-Wide Science Fair, the pinnacle of youth scientific exploration, set to showcase the brightest young minds from across the country. As these talented students present projects that push the boundaries of inquiry and innovation, attendees will find themselves surrounded by a whirlwind of inspiration and opportunity. This event is not just a competition; it’s a celebration of curiosity, problem-solving, and the daring spirit of the next generation of STEM leaders. Plan your visit (in-person or virtually) and learn more on the CWSF website.


Fun Stuff That’s Caught My Attention Recently

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  • This might be my favourite citizen science project right now. See a fish, press the bell – it’s the fish doorbell!
  • Lab mice might be doing their own experiments…yep, you read that correctly. This is a fun read! Read the full story here.
  • Waterloo Engineering Outreach’s community program STEMpowered tackles the lack of Black representation in STEM – we love to see it! Read the full story here.
  • An innovative UBC summer research program is strengthening STEM pathways for Indigenous youth in B.C – another fantastic program! Read more here.


Now, I encourage you to look around your world with eyes wide open to the plethora of opportunities it presents. Participate in local and national STEM competitions; join clubs and workshops where you can refine your skills; connect with mentors who can guide you. Each of these steps is a leap towards greater discoveries and innovations. Remember, in the realm of STEM, opportunity doesn’t just knock; it beckons you to chase it. So, gear up, step out, and grab those opportunities with both hands—it’s your time to shine and shape the future!


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