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May 3, 2012

Ottawa – The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), highlighted the accomplishments of Let’s Talk Science, a national science outreach organization, during an All Science Challenge at Carleton University today.

“We need to show young people the role innovation can play in their futures and in the global economy,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “We are proud to partner with Let’s Talk Science to teach children and youth that science is not only fun, but also can provide meaningful and rewarding careers.”

In March 2011, the Government of Canada announced up to $2 million for Let’s Talk Science to expand its outreach network, increase the number of All Science Challenges taking place in southern Ontario and enhance its educational CurioCity website that targets students from grades eight to 12.

The All Science Challenge engages students in grades six, seven and eight in a science competition that includes a science quiz show and a design challenge. The competition is taking place this year in 10 locations across southern Ontario. More information is available at www.letstalkscience.ca/challenge.html.

The funding for Let’s Talk Science is from FedDev Ontario’s Youth STEM initiative, which encourages students from kindergarten to grade 12 to pursue an education or career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified. To learn more, please visit www.feddevontario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.

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For more information, contact:

Michele-Jamali Paquette
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
613-947-2956

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
519-571-6879

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