BC Tech Leaders Raising Funds and Awareness for STEM Education – Maple Ridge News

BC tech leaders are Sweatin’ for Science this month to raise funds and awareness for science education.

AbCellera, Genome BC, Aspect Biosystems, Xenon, Alyssa B Events, Blackbird Interactive, Marr Media, Science Fair Foundation BC, Evonik Lipo-Zooms, StandardFusion, Life Sciences BC, Jam PR and NR Pinnacle are among the teams recording their miles collect donations. This initiative funds intentional programs and services to provide equitable access to technology, fund educational workshops, mentorship programs and prizes for youth in British Columbia and the Yukon.

“For nearly a decade, AbCellerites have been enthusiastically running for miles for the Science Fair Fun Run and Sweatin’ for Science alongside members of BC’s vibrant technology and life sciences sector. We are proud to continue our support of Science Fair Foundation BC as Presenting Sponsor of Sweatin’ for Science. By sharing our passion for STEM, inspiring students to pursue new ideas, and supporting science fairs, we can all help develop the next generation of innovators in our community,” said Véronique Lecault, Ph.D. ., co-founder and chief operating officer of AbCellera.

As part of the challenge, participants cover miles while doing a variety of activities, from running, dancing and walking to rock climbing, paddle boarding and biking and they can request their location to work, friends and family members to pledge money to meet their fundraising and activity goals.

The Science Fair Foundation BC has set a fundraising goal of $100,000, but it needs donations from the public to make it a reality. Supporters can donate to the cause as a whole or to an individual by visiting sweatinfor.science.

“Sweatin’ for Science’s goal is to break down barriers to accessing STEM education. We’re thrilled to have so many great partners and sponsors on board this year, and with their help, we’ll be able to achieve more young people with our programs and resources this year,” Madeleine Guenette, CEO of the Science Fair Foundation, told BC.

The second annual Fitness FUNdraiser held across British Columbia and the Yukon encourages participants to engage in a month of peer-to-peer fun, fitness challenges and fundraising to benefit programs and resources for young people.

Funds raised support educational programs and opportunities in thirteen regions of British Columbia and the Yukon to nurture, inspire and uplift young people. This includes opportunities for financial assistance for young people to develop their ideas and/or attend events outside of their home community and providing young people with access to the mentorship program so they can better understand their projects.

For the past 21 years, Science Fair Foundation BC has set the pace for the race for knowledge through community involvement with the now retired Science Fair Fun Run. Join the Sweatin’ for Science team in May 2022 as they “sweat it up” in self-directed, scheduled fitness challenges. You can register as an individual, family, group of friends or corporate team.

This year’s programming includes the opportunity to participate in weekly self-directed fitness challenges and live fitness programs with an “out of this world” twist led by fitness experts from across British Columbia and in the Yukon.

The Sweatin’ for Science event app through partner atlasGO, lets you sync your favorite fitness tracker or manually enter your workout activities online or through their compatible iOS and Android apps. There is still time to register. Participants can join anytime throughout the month, or you can donate to the cause by visiting sweatinfor.science.

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