The Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIS) has awarded IBM Canada the 2017 William Edmond Logan Award to recognise outstanding contributions to the public awareness of science by an institution or an organisation.
The William Edmond Logan Award recognises IBM Canada’s demonstrated commitment to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to youth. “The large number of students reached through these initiatives, in particular aboriginal students, and the manner in which these programmes engage IBM staff is impressive,” said RCIS President Peter Love in the award statement. “We are delighted to recognise another venerable institution for its work in building public awareness of science.”
IBM Canada’s STEM 4 Girls initiative was officially launched in 2016 with a commitment to youth across Canada in grades six through to post-secondary with a particular focus on female students. Programmes are designed to teach students specific STEM skills ranging from robotics to cybersecurity, with a strong focus on mentorship, outreach, and female-focused recruitment in post-secondary schools. In its first year alone, IBM Canada’s STEM programme reached more than 1,000 students and has doubled that number within the first few months of 2017.
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