ST. JOHN'S, NL, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Hibernia Management and
Development Company Ltd. (HMDC), operator of the Hibernia platform,
announced today that it has invested $1.9 million to support Let's Talk
Science, a national, charitable science outreach organization, in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
The three-year, transformational investment from HMDC allows Let's Talk
Science to increase youth and educator participation in its
award-winning science learning programs. These programs engage children
and youth while developing their critical thinking skills, improving
confidence, and building positive attitudes towards higher education.
"Science provides a powerful learning platform that encourages youth to
explore the world while building critical skills, attitudes and
knowledge that will help them become 21st century citizens and innovators. Engaging more youth in science,
engineering, technology and math helps build an innovative and
competitive future for the province," said Bonnie Schmidt, Ph.D,
President and Founder, Let's Talk Science. "We are thrilled by the
Hibernia investment and are committed to building on our two decades of
experience in youth development."
"Sparking students' interest in science, technology, engineering and
math, also known as STEM, increases the possibility that they will
pursue careers in those fields. If they do they'll be well positioned
to work within the energy industry and in doing so contribute to the
prosperity of the province," said Jamie Long, HMDC president. "Hibernia
is proud to be associated with the Let's Talk Science program. We will
be announcing support for a number of exciting STEM programs during the
As part of this strategic investment, Let's Talk Science is expanding
its operations in all program areas, hiring employees now and more in
the future in Newfoundland and Labrador. These employees will support
all of Let's Talk Science's program areas targeting preschoolers all
the way to senior high school. Their focus includes supporting the
Let's Talk Science Outreach site located at Memorial University and
increasing the Let's Talk Science Outreach program to expand into
additional rural and remote schools across the province. For early
years and Kindergarten educators, Let's Talk Science will provide more
support and distribution of the Wings of Discovery resources and workshops. In the Grades 6-8 level, there will be a focus
on enhancing and expanding the All Science Challenge. Let's Talk
Science will also support high school educators by providing them with
curriculum-aligned, web-based teaching resources through www.ExploreCurioCity.org.
Since 1993, Let's Talk Science has been developing and delivering
innovative science-based learning programs that get children and youth
excited in science. For the last 15 years, Let's Talk Science's
volunteer-driven Outreach program at Memorial University has brought
free science-based learning experiences to schools across Newfoundland
and Labrador. For information on Let's Talk Science programs and
resources, please visit www.letstalkscience.ca.
About Let's Talk Science:
Let's Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable, science
outreach organization. Let's Talk Science creates and delivers science
learning programs and services that turn children and youth on to
science, keep them engaged in learning and develop their potential to
become 21st century citizens, innovators and stewards. For more information about
Let's Talk Science, please visit www.letstalkscience.ca.
About Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd.:
Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is the operator
of the Hibernia field which began petroleum production on the Grand
Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador in November 1997. HMDC is owned
jointly by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources
(26.875%), Suncor Energy (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation
(8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and Statoil Canada Ltd. (5%).
SOURCE Let's Talk Science
For further information:
Communications Officer, Let's Talk Science
1-877-474-4081 ext. 239
Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd.