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About SMARTS Presenter Name Presenter title, if necessary Presentation date Who Am I? • Presenter name • Location • School • Other interesting tidbits about the presenter My Experiences with STEM • E.g. Science Fairs • E.g. Summer forensics science program • E.g. Mathematics olympiad • Basically, share some of your experiences with STEM opportunities and how they have affected you These experiences helped shape my passion for science and helped shape me as a whole person! SMARTS: Youth Science Foundation Canada’s For-Youth, By-Youth Network Where are we now? • Governed by a national youth executive council • Involves over 200 youth volunteers at the local, regional and national levels • Helps over 180 elementary schools and high schools across the country, coast-to-coast SMARTS: What do we do? • Promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to Canadian youth, Grades 7-12 • Have recognized that there is a need to improve the connection between youth and STEM opportunities • Connect Canadian students with science and each other • Help students get excited and involved with STEM through our innovative programs! http://www.ysf-fsj.ca/smarts VECTOR • Looking for a math contest? Summer space program? Forensic science camp? • VECTOR is YSF Canada’s central, online database for all the STEM programs, competitions and events in Canada. • You can search for STEM opportunities based on age, location, scientific interests, etc. • Anyone can use VECTOR and anyone can even add to it! http://apps.ysf-fsj.ca/vector The SMARTS Initiatives • School Correspondent Network • Regional Correspondents • Science Fair Support • SMARTS Forums School Correspondents Network • Keep your school “in the loop” • Monthly updates on upcoming STEM opportunities • Currently over 180 school correspondents in Canada Regional Correspondents • Official SMARTS volunteer for the region • Promote SMARTS to schools in the local area • Add local STEM opportunities to VECTOR • Represent SMARTS at local STEM events and any YSF- related events • Deliver the SMARTS science fair workshops (if applicable) SMARTS Science Fair Support • The SMARTS Guide to Science Fairs • The SMARTS Guide to Mentorship • “Ask an Expert” • Science Fair Workshops “Ask an Expert” Receive subject-specific advice from Canada-Wide Science Fair and Intel ISEF alumni via the YSF online forums. Also receive advice on • Resources • Effective ways to present your science • The science fair process Science Fair Workshops Science Fair alumni who are also SMARTS volunteers deliver three presentations throughout the year: • Starting Your Project • Competing at the fair SMARTS Forums A virtual community for youth interested in STEM, so you can… • Share ideas, debate, collaborate • Ask questions and discuss experiences at various STEM programs, competitions and events. • Learn about STEM related university/college programs and careers. • Obtain help for your science project • Connect with other youth, generate ideas and collaborate! http://apps.ysf-fsj.ca/forum What does SMARTS have to do with you? You can be agents of change for the way science and innovation are promoted to Canadian youth… And you can do this by joining SMARTS! SMARTS Forums A virtual community for youth interested in STEM, so you can… • Share ideas, debate, collaborate • Ask questions and discuss experiences at various STEM programs, competitions and events. • Learn about STEM related university/college programs and careers. • Obtain help for your science project • Connect with other youth, generate ideas and collaborate! Some incentives for getting involved with SMARTS • Being involved with SMARTS is a great all-around experience to develop leadership skills, communication skills, teamwork, etc. • Looks great on a resume, when applying to university, jobs, scholarships, awards, etc. • The personal satisfaction of motivating youth in science and providing your peers with new opportunities is priceless So what can you do? • Hear about a new STEM opportunity? Add it to VECTOR! • Want to help mentor other youth in their science projects? Become a Science Fair expert! • Become a School Correspondent and/or start a SMARTS club! • Take charge as a Regional Correspondent! • Want to do even more? Become a National Executive Member! • Graduating from Secondary School? Become a University Rep!
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