A unique chemistry happens when exceptional students from high schools across Canada converge on campus for four weeks of hands-on learning, change making and university life.

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) welcomed 48 Grade 10 and 11 students to its Kamloops campus on July 2 to experience Shad Canada’s science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and entrepreneurship program.

Dr. Tom Dickinson, retired science dean and professor emerit of biology, is Shad TRU’s first director. He says the program stands out from other immersive summer experiences for its collaborative, team-building focus.

“These students are from all over the country, each very different in backgrounds, interests and perspectives, and they would never have come together otherwise. Now they are collaborating on very difficult projects for the design entrepreneurship challenge, learning to recognize and use each of their strengths in a complimentary way,” says Dickinson.

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