(WINDSOR, ON) – The Square has learned of two themed learning opportunities for local children. City Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk is accepting applications from high school students looking for what he calls, “… an innovative experience this summer vacation.”
WEtech Alliance is hosting the region’s inaugural Cleantech Academy from July 4 to July 10. It is free of charge and there are still openings.
According to Kusmierczyk, the academy will introduce students entering grades 11 and 12 in Windsor and Essex County to local companies and organizations who are leading the fast growing and innovative clean technology sector. On a Facebook post, he said it was, “… a great way for students to find out more about an exciting career path, boost their professional network, and take part in an innovative experience that sets their portfolio apart.”
WEtech will accept registrations until this coming Friday. Interested students can confirm their interest by emailing Kusmierczyk.
In Canada, the clean technology sector employs over 55,000 people across 800 companies. This means it employs more people than the forestry, pharmaceutical, and medical device sectors, and has more companies than automotive and aerospace.
Broadly defined, cleantech companies succeed and generate profit by creating products and services which make the world cleaner. Examples of challenges cleantech companies tackle include generating, transmitting, and storing energy more efficiently, water purification and wastewater management, building eco-friendly vehicles, participating in sustainable farming, and engineering stronger and more efficient products.
In another program available locally, students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math can sign up for a STEM camp. The camp is operated by Kevin Cougler and is a family-operated non-profit with 46 locations across the province. Its purpose is to grow and inspire young inventors, discoverers, and makers to prepare them for STEM employment opportunities.
Children from ages 5 through 13 have been participating in the program since its inception in 2013.
Local locations include the WFCU Community Centre and the Emmanuel United Church.
The dates and themes are as follows:
- Week One (July 4 – 7) and Week Five (July 31 – August 4): Pokemon (junior campers) and Transformers (senior campers)
- Week Two (July 10 – 14) and Week Six (August 8 – August 11): Star Wars
- Week Three (July 17 – 21) and Week Seven (August 14 – 18): Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Week Four (July 24 – 28) and Week Eight (August 21 – 25): Plants vs Zombies