STEAM Horizon Awards: purpose, eligibility and winners 2018

The departments which have been covered by the STEAM Horizon Awards are high in number. The STEAM Horizon Awards are actually funded, founded and started by the Ingenium Foundation for the promotion of tech advancements of the country among the teenagers. The best part of the award for which it is highly praised is the transparency which means a lot to the nominations. The awards were started in 2016 and since then they have rapidly expanded to be one of the most prestigious awards for the Canadian youth. The youth inspiration is the only motive of the foundation and the goal behind this award started. From innovations in the field of science to culture sharing the STEAM Horizon Awards are already held in high esteem.

Purpose of the awards

The teenagers of the country are captured by the organization. These are the ones which have shown passion for the field of science practically. The awards are presented by the jury that looks over the projects submitted by the nominations. The cash award which is awarded for the post-secondary education is $25000. The Ingenium Foundation was founded in 2007 and after much research and development, STEAM Horizon Awards were originated. There are total 5 awards in total. These are presented to the youth and the organization believes that these people will become role models in their respective fields.

Eligibility for STEAM Horizon Awards

The criteria which have been set by the organization not tough and it is made this way just to make sure that everyone participates. To be eligible the participant should be a Canadian National or Permanent Resident. At the time of submission of the entry, he or she must be between 16 – 18 years of age. The STEAM related technologies must be practiced by the individual and he or she must have been recognized for that. The bright students are welcome for the awards and only those can apply who have a constant academic record of 85% or above.

Winners of STEAM Horizon Awards 2018

Cassidy Blanchard

She is the first recipient of STEAM Horizon Awards in 2018. She wants to empower the young girls so that they could have rewarding careers in the STEAM technologies. She is the community leader and has actively taken part in many community initiatives which will eventually garner her positive reviews.

Ella Katelyn Chan

Her brother’s Nephrotic Syndrome led her to the field of science and she is doing pharmacology from the University of British Columbia. She wants to find long-term treatment options for disease so that she can cure the patients having this disease. She also has a YouTube channel which she wants to expand to make sure that a larger audience can be reached.

Maya Cencora

She wants to stop Alzheimer and starting studying the disease from the age of 15. She wants to make sure that the disease is not spread through the body by stimulating the hormones which curb the situation. She has presented the research results in many educational fairs which have made her an active member of Alzheimer research.

Child education in Canada

Canada knows the importance of education and therefore the nation has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Regardless of the party in power they always work in such a manner that the education-related policies are fostered. In simple words no matter who comes to power the educational sector always remain unaffected. It is all because of the best policies which are designed by the educational departments of provinces. They directly report to the federal government. It is a good phenomenon because in this manner the education remains standardized all over the country. In Canada, special emphasis is put on child education and for each and every family it is compulsory to send the child to school. There are many factors which the Canadian government has associated with the child education. These factors are very important to understand the educational system of Canada. It is very important that such factors are taken into consideration to understand how education in Canada works.

Free education

Due to the state of the art educational policies, the education is not different in any of the province in Canada. There are some minor changes but are negligible and therefore it is important that all such differences are set aside to access the educational system. The kids of age 5 can attend the kindergarten and it is completely free of charge. Public elementary education and the secondary schools are free of charge. There are many facilities which are provided to the educational institutes as well as families of such children. It also includes monthly stipend which is an act of encouraging all such families to send their kids to schools. It is the first and foremost step which is responsible for such high literacy rate of the country.

Education budget

It is very important that the government supports the education of the country. It is also because without such support the idea cannot thrive at all. Currently, 5.4% of the GDP is spent on education at all levels. It means a huge amount keeping in view the GDP and current growth of Canada in this regard. It is the support of the government that has sustained the literacy rate at 99% for both males and females. About 85% of Canadians have the secondary diploma and 53% have the post-secondary diploma which is a healthy rate compared to almost 99% countries of the world. The best part is the educational system is that the total number of working days are only 172.

Private education

In Canada, there is no need to get the child admitted in private school till you don’t want him to enter the clergy. The religious schools are mainly private. Some private schools provide traditional education as well but they are very small in number. Such schools are not liked by common Canadians as the fee rates are high. The government has highly subsidized the educational sector so this kind of education is neither desired nor required. In the same manner, the private universities are also highly criticized for high fee charges.