Robotics, lasting connections and an environmental impact: Q&A with FIRST Robotics competitor, Jocelyn

Little did Jocelyn know that an opportunity to assist a robotics team with their business and marketing needs would lead her down a path to aspire a career in engineering or physics. Now in her final year as Captain of her FIRST Robotics Canada team and one of two FIRST competitors awarded a full scholarship […]

Generations of same family are ambassadors for Shad

For Gita Manhas, you could say Shad is all in the family. Her mother, aunt and uncle all attended when they were in high school. Different aspects of Shad resonated with each of them and inspired them, and they all shared their experiences with Gita. It was almost inevitable that she would participate herself. Gita […]

Cells, ion channels and antibodies: Shads probe into STEM research

Shad is a place where experts and experts-in-training connect. Our long-time partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) provides an ideal opportunity to introduce participants to this important national science and technology research organization as well as some of the cutting-edge research that their scientists are doing to move research ahead in areas […]

Shad Canada launches new scholarships for Black and Indigenous youth

Waterloo, ON – Black and Indigenous students now have more opportunities to explore careers in STEAM and entrepreneurship thanks to new entrance scholarships for Shad Canada programs. These awards are specifically for students that have historically been underrepresented in STEAM fields and aim to support and inspire equity-deserving students to enter into STEAM pathways and […]

Smart Shad questions fuel learning about nuclear waste management

Before anyone could jump in and say what everyone in the room may have been thinking, presenters from Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) just put it out there: “No, real nuclear waste is not glowing green sludge like in The Simpsons.” They followed up with a picture to show that in fact, nuclear waste […]

‘Truly an awesome feeling’ – Experiment built by engineering student Olivia Ye set to blast into space on a Blue Origin rocket

An experiment inspired by Silly String and built by a first-year engineering student at the University of Waterloo is scheduled to travel into space today aboard a Blue Origin rocket. Olivia Ye, who is studying mechatronics engineering, was still in high school in her hometown of Newmarket when she participated in an online Shad Canada program two years ago […]

Waterloo student to make history with first Canadian student space flight experiment with Blue Origin

TEXAS — As the seconds count down to launch, Olivia Ye will be holding her breath. Watching from Launch Site One in West Texas, the University of Waterloo mechatronics student will make history on Wednesday when her project becomes the first Canadian student space flight experiment with Blue Origin. The private aerospace company was founded […]

McGill welcomes high school “changemakers”

This past July, McGill hosted 48 high school students from across Canada as part of the Shad Canada program, a pan-Canadian enrichment platform for young Canadians tap into their full potential For many people, summer means spending more time with the kids. This July, Stefanie Blain-Moraes and Chris Moraes took it to the extreme, chaperoning 48 high school students […]

Manitoulin Secondary School student takes part in once-in-a-lifetime experience

MANITOULIN—While she had a great time and lots of fun participating in the Canada-wide Shad program, Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) student Jocelyn Kuntsi pointed out that, as a participant in the program, you had better be prepared to work hard. “I went to Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland, one of the schools that hosted […]

Shad Canada participants learned to ‘be the change they want to see’ at MUN St. John’s campus this summer

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Back in person for its 40th year, Shad Canada, an annual summer enrichment program for secondary school students from all over Canada interested in STEAM is being hosted at Memorial University. The program, which has more than 1,000 Grade 10 and 11 student participants, takes place at 18 universities across the […]

Defining wellbeing: an expert discussion and Shad Design Challenge

How do you define wellbeing? It’s a term that’s become as popular as it is hard to pin down. Even more challenging is finding new ways to move towards this positive state of balance in your life. But the complexity of the topic is also what makes wellbeing such an inspiring topic for this year’s […]

High schoolers from across the country develop products to improve the wellbeing of Canadians

For the past month, high school students from across the country have been thinking about the concept of wellness, what it means to them, how it shapes their lives and how best to ensure everyone has access to it. It’s part of a highly competitive, month-long program, hosted by universities across the country.  Each year, the […]

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