Both organizations vouch for the importance of a culture of science and innovation for Canada’s economic success and through this collaboration aim to provide the technological infrastructure necessary to bring science literacy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning to more audiences.
Cisco will invest in ICT to help transform the Ontario Science Centre into a “connected museum,” for broader audiences in more innovative and interactive approaches.
Moreover, Cisco is also funding the museum-based Cisco Science Fellow for Innovative Learning Technologies, with the appointment of the Centre’s Sabrina Greupner.
“With a shared commitment to a culture of innovation, learning excellence and engagement with science, this new alliance opens up so many exciting opportunities,” said Greupner, in a press release. “As a liaison between organizations, my goal is to bring together external collaborators with our researchers, programmers, teachers and science experts to create innovative learning experiences and encourage the sharing of best practices.”
“With one million visitors per year, including more than 180,000 students, the Ontario Science Centre is one of the most visited cultural attractions in Canada,” said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO, Ontario Science Centre, in a press release. “This collaboration will allow us to develop new modalities of interaction with our visitors and to reach audiences beyond the Centre. Cisco’s vision to enable innovation, particularly in education, is closely aligned with our own, and is one of the reasons this is an excellent relationship. Cisco’s leadership in this alliance has been both innovative and inspirational, and with their technology solutions and expertise, we hope to offer our visitors unparalleled learning experiences that will inspire the next generation of innovators.”
Both organizations will work to upgrade the Centre’s information and communication systems to initiate it for the upcoming Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre in Toronto and Cisco’s Connected North program that enhances education and health care services in remote northern communities.
“Today’s students will be the architects of tomorrow’s Internet of Everything. Encouraging students to learn and engaging with them in new and exciting ways is key to inspiring them with the energy and creativity that drives scientific and technological innovation,” explained Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada, in a press release. “By exploring technology solutions and integrating them into the new Science Fellowship, Cisco and the Ontario Science Centre hope to light a spark in the youth of today and encourage them to explore the potential that science and technology have to offer.”
Cisco says that the Cisco Science Fellow for Innovative Learning Technologies is its first museum-based fellowship and it offers academic fellowships for science and technology education and with the goal to improve science literacy via integrated technologies.
This fellowship, the companies believe, will pave way for research and innovation in the use of integrated technologies and learning science, enhancing the Centre’s Science Education program which is claimed to be the largest museum-based program of its kind in Canada.
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