Science hits the road again this summer with NII Explore

Whether it’s programming a friendly robot, constructing a massive marble run, or laser cutting a custom-drawn wooden butterfly, NII Explore’s Science in the Summer is back for its second summer of fun.

Sponsored by Bruce Power and Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), the program’s team of knowledgeable, high-energy instructors are bringing hands-on learning to students of all ages around Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.

NII Explore instructors Annika Van Veen, Hoda Faddah and Luke McBride are bringing fun, interactive learning to rural students this summer

This year the team has doubled their number of events, with a whole new lineup of adventures‚ÄĒincluding the 2022 NII ExploreZone Passport: kids and teens can collect stamps by participating in¬†Science in the Summer¬†activities this summer‚ÄĒfor a chance to win amazing tech prizes at the Nuclear Innovation Institute‚Äôs¬†SWERVE event¬†in September!

Here’s how:

  1. Visit the NII Explore Science in the Summer booth in July and August to get a passport.
  2. After students complete one of NII Explore’s five (5) STEM activities throughout the summer, they will get a stamp on their passport for each.
  3. Once they have all five stamps, students can bring passports to SWERVE, happening September 9-11 at the Southampton Coliseum‚ÄĒwhere they will get their final stamp and will be entered to win!

To find out where¬†the NII Explore team is each week, check out the full list of events at¬†niiexplore.ca‚ÄĒand follow along on Instagram¬†@NIIExplore¬†or Facebook¬†@OntarioNII.

Last summer the NII Explore team delivered hands-on STEM activities to more than 1,000 students across the region, visiting day camps, libraries, museums, markets and more.

‚ÄúIn 2021, the response was phenomenal, so we knew we wanted to come back even bigger this year,‚ÄĚ said Phillip Craig, Director of NII Explore. ‚ÄúPartnering with the Bruce County Public Library, local recreation departments, as well as markets and festivals, we are ready to bring some super fun STEM activities to people of all ages across Bruce, Grey, and Huron counties.‚Ä̬†

‚ÄúWe‚Äôre very excited to sponsor the¬†Science in the Summer¬†program,‚ÄĚ said Dwight Irwin, Bruce Power‚Äôs Manager of Community Relations. ‚ÄúWe encourage children of all ages to take part in these fun-filled education opportunities throughout the region with NII Explore this summer.‚Ä̬†

‚ÄúThe NWMO recognizes the importance of supporting education in science and technology to foster the innovation of tomorrow,‚ÄĚ said Tareq Al-Zabet, NWMO Director of Site Selection ‚Äď South Bruce. ‚ÄúThank you to NII Explore for delivering this program with creativity and energy to children across the region this summer. It is our pleasure to contribute to this important work.‚ÄĚ

NII Explore is a program dedicated to delivering enhanced educational opportunities for school-aged children to learn, experiment, discover and create. NII Explore’s educational programming offers a range of learning styles that connects students to the best teaching and knowledge available.

About the Nuclear Innovation Institute:  The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) seeks to accelerate the pace of innovation in Canada’s energy industry and is a champion for opportunities that help students embrace new knowledge and gain the tools they will need to make positive change in their communities and the world.

Learn more at niiexplore.ca and join the conversation on Instagram @NIIExplore and Facebook @OntarioNII.