December 8, 2020 – Today, Seaspan Shipyards announced a $300,000 investment in Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning national charitable organization that has been providing Canadian youth and educators with engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for more than 25 years. Seaspan’s three-year commitment will support the roll-out of new Kindergarten–Grade 12 (K-12) programming across Canada designed to educate and inspire youth about STEM careers in the marine and shipbuilding industries.
Seaspan’s contribution to Let’s Talk Science will be used to develop digital resources, conduct outreach for students, and deliver professional development and career enrichment resources for educators. Starting in April 2021, English and French students will have opportunities to explore future STEM careers – both trades and professional – in Canada’s renewed and thriving shipbuilding and ship repair ecosystem.
2020 has focused attention on the importance of scientific literacy and the role of STEM skills in a rapidly changing world. Let’s Talk Science’s approach to STEM engagement builds those attributes and develops critical thinking, problem-solving, evidence-based decision-making skills, and much more.
“For Canada’s shipbuilders and marine businesses to seize opportunities in a global, innovation-driven economy, both traditional and applied STEM competencies will become increasingly critical. Seaspan’s contribution to Let’s Talk Science will also focus on promoting STEM education needed in the skilled trades. We hope this investment will spark curiosity in young people to explore and consider the wide variety of rewarding STEM-related career paths in shipbuilding.” – Dave Hargreaves, Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Seaspan Shipyards
Career opportunities in today’s marine industry are more diverse and dynamic than ever. As marine businesses, including modern shipyards like Seaspan, continue to leverage new and emerging technologies in every aspect of their operations, the demand for both traditional and advanced STEM competencies will become more critical. The large non-combat vessels being built by Seaspan for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy require scientists, engineers, mathematicians, naval architects and physicists through to experts in ship construction, including robotics, artificial intelligence, welding and icebreaking steel technologies. These high-tech ships and floating research laboratories will help Canada achieve some of its most important objectives, including climate change research, ocean and marine science, and national security.
The investment in Let’s Talk Science is part of Seaspan’s commitment under the National Shipbuilding Strategy to enhance education and skills development in the marine and shipbuilding industries in Canada.
In place of an in-person announcement, the company also released today a video with special messages from several stakeholders and representatives of Seaspan’s current workforce.