We are Discovery Western!
Discovery Western is currently in its 26th year of offering hands-on engineering and technology programs to kids. DW is a not-for-profit organization run by Western Engineering and staffed by students which strives to increase the awareness of, and cultivate interest in engineering and technology in young people in London, Ontario and the surrounding communities. As a proud network member of Actua, Discovery Western shares their national mission:
"... To provide young Canadians with positive learning experiences in science and technology. By stimulating young people's natural curiosity, we help them to develop self-confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills- and inspire them to become learners for life."
Discovery Western operates out of the Faculty of Engineering at Western University, and is staffed by a team of undergraduate engineering students. Our team of two directors and four Senior Instructors have a background in various fields of engineering - whether it's chemical, biochemical, civil, electrical or mechanical - and they are eager to share their knowledge with the children who attend our programs each year.
During the months of May and June, Discovery Western offers fun and exciting workshops in elementary school classrooms across Southwestern Ontario. These workshops explore the exciting world of engineering and science, and are designed to perfectly compliment the Ontario Science Curriculum. Whether it's building bridges or separating DNA, our workshops are a great way to end the school year and reinforce the lessons taught in the classroom, while providing a fun and engaging experience for all ages to enjoy.
In July and August Discovery Western offers a summer day camp for children entering grades 2 through 8. Each one week session is filled to the brim with experiments, design projects and outdoor activities that satisfy even the keenest mind. All activities present engineering, science, and technology in a thought-provoking and exhilarating manner. Camp sessions are offered in London, Ontario (out of the Spencer Engineering Building on the Western University campus), as well as in Sarnia, and Port Elgin, Ontario.
Just for Girls!
Discovery Western is proud of its tradition of promoting the participation of young women in engineering. Due in part to programs like ours, the level of female interest in engineering has been steadily increasing over the past several years. This year, Discovery held the 10th annual "Girls Club" - a group of young girls in Grades 5 through 9 eight Saturdays Western campus for demonstrations, projects, experiments, the four major disciplines of engineering- civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical- while focusing on green processes and practices. This year we were lucky to have three women come from Ontario Power Generation and Union Gas to talk about their exciting engineering work in nuclear power generation, environmental controls and petrochemical processing.
Discovery Western also runs the G.R.E.A.T. (Girls Recognizing Engineering and Technology) camping weekend. For one weekend in August, a group of girls get to enjoy camping in an outdoor environment while doing a variety of activities related to engineering and technology. G.R.E.A.T. is meant to be an extension of our summer day camp, and allows girls a hands-on chance to have some science and engineering fun.