IGNiting imagination at camp

IGNITE Camp students, © UWinnipeg

IGNITE Camp students, © UWinnipeg

Robots will be taking over UWinnipeg and in the process, will transform lives. Students in grade seven and eight from General Wolfe School are building robots that will be released on Friday, June 24 as part of the IGNITE Camp. The University of Winnipeg’s Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre has joined forces with IBM, APTN, and General Wolfe School to offer this three-day robot building camp designed to encourage inner-city youth to stay in school, study math and sciences, and pursue careers in technology.

IGNITE stands for IGNiting Interest in Technology and Engineering.

IGNITE Camp student, © UWinnipeg

IGNITE Camp student, © UWinnipeg

During the camp, youth participate in challenging, hands-on science and engineering activities designed to provide them with opportunities to build confidence in their technical abilities, so they may consider new possibilities for the future.

On the last day of the camp, June 24, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., at the Richardson College for the Environment, the community is invited to the ‘unleashing of the robots’, where students will showcase what they have learned and created.

The IGNITE Camp will also provide a light breakfast, snacks, and lunch every day of the session, as well as transportation to make the camp inclusive and barrier-free.

IBM has offered these camps across the country for the past 10 years and selects a different community or community organizations host each year. The purpose of the IGNITE camp is to build excitement for potential career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math; to provide an inclusive environment that facilitates learning; and to introduce children to role models who will encourage them to work hard and dream big!

MEDIA CONTACT
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

 

 

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