Audio clips via CNW - Canada could be left behind in the innovation economy, reveals new report on science learning

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STORY SUMMARY: A report released today by Amgen Canada and Let's Talk Science reveals that creating a large pool of science-based talent is crucial to keeping Canada competitive and Canadians employed. The report reveals that while Canadian students perform well in national and international tests, there is a huge drop-off in the uptake of science and math courses once they are no longer compulsory, usually after grade 10, and the proportion of students studying these courses in colleges and universities remains flat. Given our needs as a nation - from filling employment shortages, being more innovative, and growing as a knowledge economy - more needs to be done to attract and retain students in science programs from high school right through to post-secondary if we are to fill the jobs of the future.

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TORONTO. 14s—29s. This is a report that looks at key indicators of STEM learning. Karen Burke is Director of Regulatory Affairs at Amgen Canada and President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry.
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TAG: The study aims to better our understanding of the current state of science learning in Canada, highlight the need to support that learning, and promote a public discussion on this critical issue.

02 (Bonnie_Schmidt)
TORONTO. 45s—57s. It turns out kids are dropping science throughout the system and in fact by the time they leave high school the majority do not have the prerequisites for university, college or apprenticeship programs related to science. Bonnie Schmidt is President of Let's Talk Science.
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Tag: A background in science, technology, engineering and math is essential for many jobs that will be in high demand in the coming decades, from health care to skilled trades.

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