Canadian organization wins Genetics Policy Institute Education Award for stem cell education
Every year at the World Stem Cell Summit, the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) hands out a number of Stem Cell Action Awards to recognize organizations and individuals who have positively impacted the stem cell community. This year in Pasadena, California, GPI awarded the Canadian science education organization Let’s Talk Science with the 2011 Stem Cell Action Award for Education.
GPI noted the multi-pronged approach of Let’s Talk Science in helping high school teachers and students approach the dynamic study of stem cells. In particular, Let’s Talk Science supported StemCellTalks symposia across Canada and, from those symposia, developed a stem cell feature on their CurioCity student forum.
In a statement, Let’s Talk Science president and founder Bonnie Schmidt said: “We are honoured to be recognized for our work that focuses on stem cell science, research and education. We strive to improve the science literacy of children and youth so they are poised to take on the challenges of the future.”
Since 1993, Let’s Talk Science has engaged more than 2 million students, educators, and volunteers across the country. Their contributions to stem cell science education, particularly the support of StemCellTalks was detailed in a recent article in the Stem Cell Network’s annual report (see “Student Engagement 101”).