As Canada’s public broadcaster, innovation is at the heart of everything that we do. Whether it’s a big shift at the corporate level or a small change by a team member to improve personal performance, at CBC/Radio-Canada innovation helps us to improve our service to Canadians across the country.
When it comes to fostering the next generation of Canadian innovators, we take our role very seriously. Through programming like The Wild Canadian Year, Spark with Nora Young, Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald, or through initiatives like Take our Kids to Work Day when we invite grade 9 students in to explore behind the scenes, we encourage youth to create. Another important way that we’ve encouraged innovation is through partnerships, like the STEAM Horizon Awards, where we helped the Canada Science & Technology Museums Corporation Foundation to reward young creators.
The STEAM Horizon Awards will award up to seven Canadian students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) with $25,000 to attend a Canadian University. This can go a long way. To celebrate this, we thought that we would shine the spotlight on some of Canada’s young innovators! We spoke with Nadia, a Grade 12 student from Ottawa who is participating in this year’s STEAM awards.
“ I love science because it explains the world to me, and gives my life more significance and value.” -Nadia , Grade 12 student
What’s your favourite subject? Microbiology and biochemistry. To me, science is the basis not only of life, but of all interactions in our universe. I love technology because so much of everyday life depends on it, and its advancements change our lives for the better. Without it, the world wouldn’t be the same.
What are your favourite programs that have helped spark your interest in the area of science, technology and innovation? The National and Murdoch Mysteries. The National wasn’t only a news source, it was my access to advances and breakthroughs in STEAM fields and my window into their impact on everyday life.
In terms of innovation, Murdoch Mysteries featured important figures in STEAM fields as well as a character who constantly invented and innovated solutions to problems that he encountered. It demonstrated how engineering and design could be used effectively in a variety of situations. This motivated me so much that I bought a fingerprinting kit, and the experience left me with a burning scientific curiosity that has yet to be extinguished.
What impact do the STEAM Horizon awards have on students like yourself? The STEAM Horizon Awards are an opportunity for students to explore the fields we love in a meaningful way. These scholarships remove barriers we might face, such as our financial situation, giving us the freedom to learn, create, and develop our ideas.
What advice do you have for other students to help nurture their love for science, technology & innovating? My advice to other students is to get involved. Get involved in your community, at your school, and even at home. Whether you’re part of a Space Simulation Club or you’re extracting DNA from bananas in your kitchen, action is what turns interest and curiosity into innovation.
We’re not sure about you, but students like Nadia definitely inspire us! Canadian innovators will define our future, and we’re excited to see what our STEAM Horizon Award recipients will do in the years to come.
-Kelly Broadfoot, Departmental Assistant, Enterprise Communications