The Gaspé Peninsula Science Centre consolidated its projects: $100,000 in Grant Funding

The Gaspé Peninsula Science Centre received two grants totalling $100,000 in the last two weeks. This money will be used to consolidate assets and develop new projects for the region’s young people.

The first $70,000 grant came from NovaScience, the highest grant available under this Ministère du Développement économique, Innovation et Exportation du Québec program, which seeks to encourage the next generation to become involved in science and technology. This money will improve outreach to more elementary and secondary school students – both Anglophone and Francophone – and in 2012, CSG plans to repeat last year’s lecture-demonstration experience at the College for young people.

The second grant, from Emploi-Québec Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and worth $30,000, will be used to produce a series of scientific learning activities for the region’s English- and French-language elementary schools. Working with École Polytechnique de Montréal’s organisation, Folie Techique, CSG will produce five existing science activity kits. Five new kits will also be created by CSG. Once completed, all these kits will be shared with Folie Technique.

Each kit is composed of the technical material needed to build or present year-specific demonstrations to young people. The kits are used by CSG representatives when they visit schools.

According to Luc Bélanger, who is in charge of CSG and teaches physics at the College:  “Given the shortage of scientific demonstration activities, CSG has chosen to pique the curiosity of young people, raise their interest in science and thus encourage them to stay in school.”   

CSG came into being last spring. Its goal is to promote science and technology and build a scientific culture in the region. During its first month of activity alone, more than 1,000 young people attended at least one Gaspé Peninsula Science Centre activity.