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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