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1,200 elementary students + teachers come to U of T Engineering for massive STEM event

May 10, 2017

Toronto, ON – Canada has built its reputation as a nation of world-class innovators. Right now, the next generation of designers, inventors and entrepreneurs are drawing, coding and tinkering in classrooms across Canada — now is the critical moment to invest in their success. We must give our young people the skills they need to invent this country’s future.

On Friday, May 19, University of Toronto Engineering, Google Canada and Actua will kickstart the classroom tech revolution by hosting more than 1,200 Ontario grade 4-8 students and teachers at GO NORTH. The largest event of its kind, Go North features a full day of hands-on activities, workshops and learning designed to ignite curiosity and around STEM.

We’re inviting media to take part in Go North and join the next generation of innovators as they discover the magic behind their favourite devices, participate in hands-on, technology-driven workshops and get to know some of the GTA’s coolest innovators and inventors.

At Go North, you will have the opportunity to talk with teachers and students as they build, test and learn through cutting-edge tech activities. We can coordinate interviews with Go North representatives to discuss Ontario’s school curriculum and the urgent need to better prepare students for the tech revolution and our country’s growing digital economy, including:

  • Dawn Britton, Director of Outreach, University of Toronto Engineering
  • Jennifer Flanagan, co-founder, President and CEO, Actua
  • Dr. Chris Stephenson, Head of Computer Science Education Programs, Google
WHAT: Go North – Inspiring Future Innovators
WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2017
9:30am – media check-in
10:00am – opening remarks and special guest speakers
10:30am – workshops, activities and tech demos
WHERE: University of Toronto
Event starts at Convocation Hall and continues at the Bahen Centre
WHO: 1,200 students from grade 4 to 8
Teachers from school boards across the province
Representatives from University of Toronto, Google and Actua
Additional special guests to be announced closer to the date

Marit Mitchell
U of T Engineering | 416-978-4498