WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo's
Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) outreach program has been awarded the
2013 Actua & GE Canada Award for Leadership and Innovation in science
and technology education.
The award recognizes ESQ's dedication to high impact quality programs,
ongoing leadership and supportive engagement of Canada's most
"We are pleased to be able to recognize Engineering Science Quest's
success during Actua's 20th year and we look forward to recognizing the
fantastic experience Engineering Science Quest provides for both
campers and staff," said Jennifer Flanagan, CEO of Actua.
Offered by Waterloo's Faculties of Science and Engineering, ESQ is one
of Canada's largest science and engineering summer camps for students
between grades 1 to 9.
"It's an honour to receive this award and a joy to be part of a program
that encourages future generations to envision, create and fulfil
career aspirations in science and engineering," said Professor Mary
Wells, Associate Dean of Outreach for the Faculty of Engineering.
"ESQ's approach is simple: put science and technology in the hands of
students. This ignites their natural curiosity to explore the science
behind their world and cultivates a commitment to lifelong learning,
discovery and entrepreneurship."
ESQ attracted more than 2,000 students in 2013. Hands-on activities
focus on innovation and explore topics such as physics, chemistry,
biology and health science as well as civil, mechanical, electrical and
In past camps, students have engineered their own jitterbugs, performed
medical lab analyses, synthesized their favourite smells, built tornado
tubes and programmed Lego robots.
Satellite programs located throughout Southwestern Ontario mean students
from rural locations such as Chatham, Stratford, Orangeville and Owen
Sound, as well as aboriginal communities such as Six Nations, Walpole
Island and Aamjiwnaang may also attend ESQ's summer camps.
Year-round programming reaches even more students by providing exciting,
hands-on science in regional Ontario classrooms. In 2013, ESQ offered
335 workshops reaching nearly 7,500 students in more than 50 schools.
To date, ESQ has reached more than 100,000 students in 3,500
ESQ offers a bursary to assist children from financially disadvantaged
backgrounds to attend camp. An inclusion program has allowed more than
300 children with physical and behavioural challenges to participate in
ESQ's camps too.
"ESQ draws upon Waterloo's strengths in Science and Engineering to give
all students the opportunity to explore, discover and challenge
themselves through hands-on activities of real-world scientific
issues," said Professor Terry McMahon, dean of Science. "ESQ is a prime
example of Waterloo's dedication to innovation and developing the next
generation of scientists, engineers and technologists."
More information about Engineering Science Quest and details on how to
participate are available online.
About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart
of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's
largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its
connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in
learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is
committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by
championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant
to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about
Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
Image with caption: "A Grade 1 to 2 camper enjoys ESQ in July 2013. (CNW Group/University of Waterloo)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140121_C4137_PHOTO_EN_35729.jpg
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