NASA and Canadian astronaut Drew Feustel surprised the 1,000 high school students attending the SHAD program at university campuses from coast by coast by announcing the 2018 theme for the summer program via video message from the International Space Station.
“Canadians need to be ready for extreme events,” Feustel said. “This year’s challenge at SHAD is to come up with some kind of solution to help Canadian communities be more resilient in a natural disaster.”
An actor and a top prize winner from the Canada-Wide Science Fair will join about 1,000 students looking to become change makers this summer at the award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program SHAD.
This year’s SHAD program will take place at a record 16 host university campuses from coast to coast, with students being represented from all 10 provinces and three territories.
A new partnership between SHAD and Pathways to Education Canada will see 14 youth leaders from low-income communities attend the award-winning STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts and math) based program this summer for the first time. The students will receive a full bursary including travel to attend the program.
Two SHAD Fellows, Emma Landry and Kathy Nodzynski, who received $10,000 RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships for leading and inspiring change in their communities, have been chosen in online voting as the top SHAD network stories of 2017.
"Some high school kids go to camp during the summer. Others work part time jobs. Still others just hang out. But one group of teens is trying to figure out a better way to respond to natural disasters.
This year’s program revolved around figuring out new ways to cope with natural disasters like last year’s floods in Quebec and Saskatchewan. Student Mohammad Al Qadi and his group have come up with one solution to save houses.
“We’re thinking of a pylon system that can lift the house up during the flood,” he said. “That way, the infrastructure will be safe and elevated.”