Power To Choose is the only Canadian winner of FIRST 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant

Nimi and soldering with Cybermentor at PTC2016

FIRST® Announces 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant Winners. Underserved and underrepresented students from 17 communities to receive grants facilitating hands-on learning and problem-solving opportunities.

AUG 3, 2017: FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) today announced 17 grants to support the development of new, innovative approaches to address equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities in STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics) education, focusing on communities with underserved and underrepresented students.

FIRST launched its STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants program in 2016 to provide diverse and disadvantaged students and communities with hands-on learning opportunities and outlets for creative problem-solving. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 with an average of $35,000, and evaluation criteria include community need, demographics, increases in diversity; execution strength, track record of reaching targeted students and the value of the activities proposed.

“Hands-on STEM experiences open doors for kids no matter which careers they choose, but students don’t always get access to this type of learning in their classrooms,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST. “These grants empower educators and community leaders to offer access to quality, impactful STEM education experiences to all kids, regardless of their location, gender, race or any other demographic indicator so that they can reach their full potential.” 

Power to Choose provides First Nationals youth in Southern Alberta, Canada, with career power of choice through STEM. Power To Choose is one of the Recruitment programs hosted by AWSN.The grant will start new FIRST teams and support existing ones in three nations through collaboration with community, educators, industry and indigenous mentorship. 

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Power to Choose Aboriginal Youth Summer Science Camp.  Aug 15-18 at University of Calgary.  We are thrilled to report 35 youth attending, but sadly, we have funding for 24.  We will not turn any interested youth away, but your support is needed to ensure that all the expense obligations are met. 


Sponsors still needed to ensure that our full class of 35 youth can attend camp.  awsn.org/ptc