Federal funding boosts science and tech program for African Nova Scotian youth – Dal News

Getting to create holograms, build electric cars, robots and telescopes probably scores pretty high on the cool factor scale for many junior high students.

These are just three of the more than 70 hands-on science and mathematics experiments and concepts in the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy’s (ILA) After-School Program curriculum. For more than a decade, the Dal-founded initiative has been increasing participation of students of African heritage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — subjects in which they are typically underrepresented.

“Many students of African heritage don’t aspire to science and technology in their studies and careers,” says Sidney Idemudia, Imhotep’s executive director. “When you remove certain barriers to participation — economics,…

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