Toyota Canada Foundation: New Funding for Actua Youth Initiative Mobile Tour

“The Toyota Canada Foundation invests in national STEM education outreach programs focused on encouraging more youth from underrepresented segments of the population to pursue an education and career in this area"

Ottawa, – Toyota Canada Foundation announced continued support of Actua through a $200,000 investment. Toyota’s donation will support the engagement of underserved youth across Canada and the launch of Actua’s Fall Maker Mobile tour. The announcement was made by Leslie Miller, Toyota Canada Foundation Board Member, at a special workshop where local Ottawa students were given a sneak peek of the interactive innovation experiences the Maker Mobile will be bringing to youth this Fall.

“The Toyota Canada Foundation invests in national STEM education outreach programs focused on encouraging more youth from underrepresented segments of the population to pursue an education and career in this area,” says Miller. “We’re proud to be providing funding for Actua’s Maker Mobile program as it connects face-to-face with thousands of rural, remote and indigenous youth, engaging them to imagine and innovate, and inspiring them to consider an education and career in science, technology, engineering or math.”

Actua’s Maker Mobile is a moving maker space full of exciting technology, inspiring participants to experiment with hands-on learning and to create their own innovations. The current Maker Mobile tour will visit 20 communities and engage 2,500 youth across Ontario and Northern Quebec through meaningful and enriching digital and STEM-related experiences. A significant priority for the project is to engage underrepresented youth audiences including girls, Indigenous youth and those with socioeconomic challenges.

“After an incredibly successful delivery of Actua’s national Canada 150 Signature Maker Mobile tour in 2017, Actua is thrilled to hit the road with Toyota Canada Foundation again to deliver more inspiring opportunities in innovation to youth,” said Jennifer Flanagan, CEO, Actua. “For Canada to develop a digitally literate and innovative workforce, we need to plant the seeds early on. Toyota’s re-investment will help Actua build STEM and employability skills that will ensure youth are prepared to lead and support Canada’s place on the world stage.”

Today’s youth represent Canada’s next generation of designers, engineers, and automotive technicians, and will be shaping the future of mobility. With that understanding, the Toyota Canada Foundation focuses on supporting programs that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs that go beyond textbooks and tablets. Through Actua’s Maker Mobile program, the foundation will help bring hands-on makerspace workshops into remote and indigenous communities, and inspire Canadian youth to experiment, innovate, and design and prototype.