Regional Development Corporation

Government invests in outreach program to increase science literacy (09/10/26)

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Oct. 26, 2009

BERESFORD (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $225,000 in an outreach program to increase science literacy in northern New Brunswick. Education Minister Roland Haché made the announcement today at Carrefour Étudiant in Beresford.

"Literacy is the foundation of learning," said Haché. "Today's funding will help increase science literacy across northern New Brunswick, and encourage students and engage teachers in science education."

Joining Haché for the announcement were David Desjardins, Science East CEO; School District 5 representative Mario Pelletier; and pupils of Carrefour Étudiant.

Funding provided through the Regional Development Corporation will be used by Science East to establish and deliver the outreach program.

Workshops conducted along the Acadian coast will see northern New Brunswick students engage in the exploration of scientific principles, and teachers engage in dynamic science education and professional development.

Science East is New Brunswick's only hands-on science centre, and has been designing and delivering informal science education since 1994.

Desjardins said that with more than 150 exhibits featured at its centre in Fredericton, as well as three travelling displays that are used to deliver bilingual programs across the province, Science East is inspiring and informing through practical and applied science experiences.

"Engaging our youth in science will translate to a stronger science and technology sector across northern New Brunswick," said Desjardins. "This investment will support Science East's exciting science-learning activities, developing our future scientists, who are the building blocks of economic growth and prosperity for the region."


MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, corporate secretary, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; David Desjardins, CEO, Science East, 506-457-8724.