You wouldn’t expect to see high school students hard at work in classes on a hot July day. But for this group of young SHAD program participants, the robotics lab on University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus is exactly where they want to be.

Initially founded in 1980, SHAD brings together students who are passionate about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) for a yearly, one-month long program of lectures, workshops, projects and activities at campuses across Canada. This year’s program theme is reducing Canada’s carbon footprint.

Loren Condie is a Grade 11 student from Waterville, Nova Scotia, a rural dairy community. She says she first heard about the SHAD program from her high school chemistry teacher and pursued it because she wanted to meet more people who thought like her and had similar ideas. . . .

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