Creative Encounters With Science | Computer Science Education Week

Hello lovelies. Welcome back to the computer science education week series on the blog. Today I am sharing an interview with Sarah from Creative Encounters With Science.

Creative Encounters is a non-for-profit organization that promotes engineering, technology, and other science related topic to youth. They are a Guelph based organization, which makes me so happy to share them with you today. You know I love finding out about amazing organizations/people in my city, so without further ado, here is my interview with Creative Encounters.


When was Creative Encounters started? And what inspired you to create this non-for-profit organization?
Creative Encounters was created in 1993 by 2 Engineering students at the University of Guelph. These students believed that more kids should be exposed to S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) in a fun and welcoming environment. I believe that students from other Universities were starting similar programs at this time and that probably inspired these students to look into developing this non-profit organization as a member of Actua (a nation wide S.T.E.M. education promotion organization).
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Why was it important to you to have P.A.G.E.S, a club only for girls? 

Our P.A.G.E.S. all girls programs are important to us because the number of women in S.T.E.M. related careers and areas of study is consistently much lower than the number of men. We believe that young women deserve all of the support and inspiration that we can offer in these areas because girls need to believe that they can pursue any career that is of interest to them even if it’s field that isn’t commonly entered by women. Girls benefit by having mentors and a positive network of like minded people that will challenge their minds and provide opportunities that may not have existed without programs such as P.A.G.E.S. We know that everyone is unique with their own strengths and passions so we believe that offering S.T.E.M. programs that are directed for girls can allow them to shine in these areas that aren’t always available to them in an enriching environment.

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How will teaching the younger generation about technology improve our community in the future?
We know that technology plays a large and important role in society and in our community but we believe that children should learn how to work with and develop technology rather than simply knowing how to use it. When used properly, technology can lead to a more efficient and higher quality performance in a large variety of areas. By allowing children to become more familiar and educated with different forms of technology, there is a higher possibility that these children will be driven to benefit their community in ways that we maybe can’t even imagine at this time. In general, by shifting the interaction that children have with technology from something that is based on consumption to something that is more creative and innovative, there will be many benefits for these young minds.
Have you seen a lot of children leaving thinking they would like a career in science or technology?
We encourage the parents of our campers to complete a survey at the end of their camp week and when asked if their child’s interest in S.T.E.M. was strengthened, almost every response said that it was! By developing a stronger interest in science and technology, these children will be more likely to continue to participate in classes and activities that increase their knowledge of S.T.E.M. and therefore increasing their chances of pursuing a career in these areas. With our programs we bring in mentors who work in areas of S.T.E.M. and this exposes children to these different careers in a fascinating way that will stay as a positive memory for them.
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How do you hope to grow Creative Encounters in the future? And how can people get involved in your organization?

As an organization we are constantly looking into ways of increasing the number of children that we reach through our programs however we are limited by space and available time as University students. At the moment we are looking into additional space to run our programs on campus and this year we have begun our trial year of running an ECO club at the public library. There are many ways to get involved with us as a community member but also as a business owner. As a non-profit organization we rely strongly on our sponsors and supporters. We offer a sponsorship program where we can discuss different methods of advertising companies and businesses that are willing to support us financially, with space, or services and materials. To get directly involved in our programs there are many volunteer opportunities (police check required), you can be a mentor if you are working in a field of S.T.E.M., or you can simply register your children into our exciting programs. For further information involving any of these opportunities you can visit www.crwativeencounters.info or contact us at cse@uoguelph.ca. Also spreading the word about Creative Encounters is always much appreciated!!

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Thanks so much, Sarah, for being on the blog today. I really enjoyed hearing about Creative Encounters and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the future! If YOU enjoyed reading this post, please give it a like and comment down below….something science related…

Till next time,

Katie

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