is a non-profit organization that was incorporated on November 15, 2022, under the Government of Alberta Societies Act. Our mission is to enhance science activities in the Lakeland region and foster a culture of collaborative problem-solving, inclusivity, and knowledge-sharing through Science & Technology. Over the past five months, we have conducted 18 successful Minecraft for Education sessions, enrolling over 40 students. We also launched a six-week program that empowered students with sustainability concepts through Minecraft for Education.
The is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting STEM education and programming in the Lakeland region of Alberta. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the organization is committed to providing opportunities for individuals of all ages to learn about and engage with these fields.
Through a variety of programs and initiatives, the St Paul & District STEAM Society aims to inspire curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. Their programs range from hands-on workshops and camps to after-school clubs and competitions, all designed to foster a love of STEM and encourage participants to pursue careers in these fields.
Whether you are a student, educator, or simply someone with a passion for STEM, the St Paul & District STEAM Society offers a welcoming and supportive community where you can learn, grow, and connect with others who share your interests.
The population of St. Paul & District includes a significant proportion of young people, with 39% under the age of 30, as well as a significant proportion of people over the age of 50, at 34%. Of the 2000+ children in the area, on average only around 40% pursue higher education, which is lower than the rate in urban areas where over 50% attend. Rural students also have a higher dropout rate within the first year of university compared to their urban counterparts. In addition, there are over 200 businesses in the area that require support.
To address these issues, our non-profit aims to increase academic rigor and improve outcomes for young people in the area. This will involve encouraging students to participate in national science fairs, providing academic skill training and workshops, pairing them up with local businesses, which will foster a sense of community through joint problem solving. We also plan to create opportunities for seniors to work with young people on these projects through STEAM nights and ongoing workshops, fostering intergenerational collaboration.
Finally, we will support local businesses by hosting hackathons and other events where young people and seniors can work together to solve technical challenges. By bringing together different generations, our project will not only improve academic outcomes and support local businesses, but also promote a stronger sense of community in St. Paul & District.
We believe that everyone should have access to quality STEM education and opportunities, regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s why we provide a wide range of programs and resources, from hands-on workshops and mentorship opportunities to scholarships and career development support.
SPDSS (St. Paul & District STEAM Society) was formed to provide a boost in
science activities within the Lakeland region and foster a culture of joint
problem solving and inclusivity and sharing of knowledge.
1. Provide a platform to safely learn and practice The Scientific Method
2. Create a Tech support system for seniors in town and bring them online and participate in social media so they can connect with their relatives and with the activities in the town
3. Develop a social innovation lab where businesses, Youth, Adults and Older Adults can work together to solve issues based on the community needs through Science & Technology.