Our world is rapidly changing and children and youth in Canada need to be curious, ask questions and be capable of challenging the status quo in order to succeed. In a world increasingly driven by innovation, the demand for people who can fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) - related jobs - will only continue to increase but the reality is that most students in Canada disengage from STEM courses before graduating high school.
Did you know?
- More than half of all students still graduate high school without a senior level math and/or science credits needed for entry to university STEM studies.
- Only 15% of students in Canada complete Grade 12 physics
Let's Talk Science is working to change this. We help youth build the skills they need for their - and Canada's - future success. Through STEM education we're helping youth learn to take risks, develop the persistence to find innovative solutions to real-world problems, and the competencies required to thrive in an ever-changing world.
With approximately 6.1 million children and youth, ages 3-17, in Canada, we cannot afford to leave any behind. And thanks to the generosity of our supporters across Canada we are having a positive impact.
Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization committed to preparing youth for evolving career and citizenship demands in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to positively impact every child in Canada, from early years through secondary school. We do this primarily by providing programs and resources for educators that help them improve youth education and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our robust suite of programming is available in English and French at no cost to schools, early years centres, community organizations and parents/caregivers. We also support a diverse network of volunteers, the majority of which are postsecondary students who build career-readiness skills themselves by delivering and participating in Let’s Talk Science programming.
Let’s Talk Science connects the world of science, technology and innovation with education, bringing STEM to life in meaningful ways that build diversity and inclusion, and awareness of future opportunities. This helps to reduce barriers to STEM, and build interest and a sense of belonging. Let’s Talk Science coordinates a national platform of informed, innovative educational programming that is regionally responsive thanks to unique collaborations with academic and community partners, governments, industry, private donors and volunteers.
Today, Let’s Talk Science:
- works with over 55 universities, colleges and research institutes and over 1,200 volunteers, who bring over 20,000 hours of science outreach to Canadian youth.
- is accessed in more than 1,500 communities across Canada.
- has impacted over 147,000 educators through Professional Learning opportunities.
Who We Are
Let’s Talk Science is committed to developing youth who are creative, critical thinkers and knowledgeable citizens prepared to participate and thrive in a complex global environment.
An award-winning, national, charitable organization, Let’s Talk Science has provided engaging, evidence-based STEM programs for more than 25 years at no cost for Canadian youth and educators. Through the generous support of our partners and donors, we are able to provide educators with opportunities to discover and use effective learning strategies to develop and strengthen students’ questioning and problem-solving skills; and offer experiential and digital programs that engage youth in meaningful STEM learning.
In 2021-2022, Let’s Talk Science surpassed 13.8 million interactions with youth, educators and parents across Canada since inception in 1993.
Every donation makes a difference and allows us to continue the work we are doing – impacting Canadian youth and setting them up for success.
Our Core Values
COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT - We are better, smarter and more creative when we work together in diverse teams to achieve meaningful outcomes.
CONTINUOUS LEARNING - We are always learning and view every experience as an opportunity to improve our efforts to build futures.
INTEGRITY - We are honest, do the right thing, keep our word and take responsibility for our actions.
FUTURE LOOKING - As leaders, we are nimble, take calculated risks and keep evolving everything we do.
EMPOWERING OTHERS - We enable people to participate and contribute to making our world better.