WISE Kid-Netic Energy celebrates 25 years of outreach
How many more young girls would consider STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) careers if they were exposed to opportunities early and often? How are we going to effectively invite more Indigenous youth to Science and Engineering? How can we attract youth with socio-economic challenges into post-secondary education? For the past 25 years WISE Kid-Netic Energy at the University of Manitoba has been engaging community stakeholders to try and answer these very important questions.
Just this past school year WISE Kid-Netic Energy, a member of Actua, engaged over 30,000 youth all over the province of Manitoba through Science curriculum based workshops, week-long summer camps and girls clubs. Student staff (WISE KE is hiring again) serve northern communities, First Nations reservations, farming communities, inner-city Winnipeg and the general Winnipeg youth population between Kindergarten to grade 12. Since 1990, the organization has reached over 250,000 youth in Manitoba.
On September 24, 2015 one hundred past and present WISE Kid-Netic Energy employees, community stakeholders and supporters met to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Well-wishers included Dean Beddoes from the Faculty of Engineering, Associate Dean Dr. Koczanski from Faculty of Science, NSERC-CWSE Chair Dr Annemieke Farenhorst, ENGAP Director Randy Herrmann and Actua Director of Membership Tracy Ross. Guests enjoyed live music, food and the opportunity to try many messy interactive activities designed for youth. WISE Kid-Netic Energy has always had passionate young people driving the organization forward and it was a special opportunity for alumni to reconnect. Furthermore, the group raised an additional $1300 for the Adopt-a-Class program.