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WISE Kid-Netic Energy Receives Actua and GE Award for Leadership and Innovation

January 27, 2012

Winnipeg, January 18 2012/ WISE Kid-Netic Energy, a Winnipeg-based science and engineering community outreach program offered by the University of Manitoba, has received the 2011 Actua & GE Canada Award for Leadership and Innovation. Kid-Netic Energy is a member of Actua, Canada's leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) youth outreach organization. The award recognizes Kid-Netic Energy's excellence in the design and delivery of dynamic, interactive STEM programming reaching more than 29,000 Manitoba youth in 57 communities in 2011.

Kid-Netic Energy is recognized for its superior curriculum and program design which exposes Manitoba youth to the many dynamic STEM studies and careers that are open to them. Through the delivery of classroom workshops and week-long summer camps, youth get to experience what it means to actually be a scientist or an engineer. This award also recognizes Kid-Netic Energy's unique approach to responding to individual community needs as exemplified by their delivery of science programming for youth communities affected by flooding. "A top priority for WISE Kid-Netic Energy is to make our science and engineering programs accessible to ALL Manitoba youth. We work closely with First Nation communities as well as several local Winnipeg Boys and Girls clubs. We also partner with the Helping Hands Immigrant Resource Centre," explains Colleen Flather, Director of Kid-Netic Energy.

"Kid-Netic Energy's work in reaching Aboriginal youth is especially significant," explains Jennifer Flanagan, President and CEO of Actua. "This is part of an overall national strategy to provide locally and culturally relevant STEM programming engaging over 20,000 Aboriginal youth annually across Canada. Kid-Netic Energy has shown the highest growth rate in Aboriginal outreach programming in Canada."

"GE Canada is thrilled to honour WISE Kid-Netic Energy's ongoing commitment and efforts to expand to reach new audiences of youth and is confident that their work is making a significant difference in the lives of youth in Manitoba," says Kim Warburton, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, GE Canada.

About Actua: Actua is Canada's leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) youth outreach network. Over 3 million young Canadians have been inspired through their participation in Actua's positive, hands-on educational workshops, camps and community outreach initiatives. Each year, Actua's growing network of member organizations reach over 200,000 young Canadians in over 500 communities nationwide. Actua's major funders include: GE Canada, Suncor Energy Foundation, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Shell Canada, Synapse -- CIHR Youth Connection. For more information about Actua visit www.actua.ca.

Actua is Canada's leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) youth outreach network. Over 3 million young Canadians have been inspired through their participation in Actua's positive, hands-on educational workshops, camps and community outreach initiatives. Each year, Actua's growing network of member organizations reach over 200,000 young Canadians in over 500 communities nationwide. Actua's major funders include: GE Canada, Suncor Energy Foundation, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Shell Canada, Synapse -- CIHR Youth Connection. For more information about Actua visit

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Contact Information:
Leslie Cuthbertson, Director of Partnerships and Communications, Actua
Kaitlynn Carroll, Communications and Projects Coordinator, Actua
15 York Street, Ottawa ON K1N 5S7
Tel: (613) 234 4137 Fax: 613 234 4779
E-Mail: [email protected] E-Mail: [email protected] Web: www.actua.ca

Leslie Cuthbertson, Director of Partnerships and Communications, Actua Kaitlynn Carroll, Communications and Projects Coordinator, Actua 15 York Street, Ottawa ON K1N 5S7 Tel: (613) 234 4137 Fax: 613 234 4779 E-Mail: [email protected] E-Mail: [email protected] Web: www.actua.ca

Kim Warburton
GE Global Growth Organization
[email protected]
+1 905 8585678
+ 1416 5618316


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