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OF THE SCIENCES & HUMANITIES - TECHNOLOGY & GLOBAL BIOETHICS
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Canadian International Youth Forums (ScienceSpheres)
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Youth Association for the Advancement of Science, Innovation & Technology (YAASIT/SciberLink)
"Science (scientia, or the building of knowledge and skills), as a bridge to the future, is the universal property of all people. The goal of science is to make sense of the complex diversity of Nature. We use intuition, imagination and observation to shape ideas, gather information about the world and turn clues into testable hypotheses. Modern science is in part a continuation of the human effort to understand and give meaning to our existence.
Of all intellectual activity, science, in its civilizing and humanizing role, has turned out to have the kind of universality among humans which the times require. Science is far from a perfect instrument of knowledge, but it is the best we have in the field of inquiry that yields knowledge."
"Direct investment in the future of young women and men, through the continual strengthening of our educational, cultural and scientific foundation, is the key for sustained societal competence, a stronger workforce, and sound economic progress in a rapidly changing world."
Background. In 1996 we discussed the idea of establishing a Youth Association for the Advancement of Science, Innovation and Technology (YAASIT) with Michael Smith (1993 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry). He was very enthusiastic about this project and volunteered to obtain input from among his fellow Nobel Laureates and colleagues. Michael Smith (1932-2000) was one of our first Canadian International Youth Forum speakers in 1994, and also a member of the PAEP Advisory Council.
The YAASIT/SciberLink project, a new, Canada-wide initiative of PAEP and partners in education, was introduced at the 2001 Canadian International Youth Forum (ScienceSphere) under the theme, "Preparing Youth for the 21st Century – Linking New Ideas to New Knowledge for New Skills and Careers." The inauguration at the Ontario Science Centre was marked by the contributions of York University student Jennifer Corriero, and distinguished scientists of the University of Toronto, including,
The goal of the YAASIT/Sciberlink project is to serve as a medium and catalyst for encouraging Canadian youth to learn to build the future using the tools of science, innovation and technology in the context of a productive sustainable society.
These aims are accomplished through initiatives in two key, interrelated spheres.
1. YAASIT providing the forum for social interaction.
YAASIT builds on the innovative, interactive transdisciplinary Canadian International Youth Forums (ScienceSpheres). The successful youth forums serve as the foundation for the YAASIT project by utilizing established contacts with boards of education, community colleges, universities and libraries, to develop Canada-wide branches and to familiarize the wider community with the project.
SciberLink is a unique, interactive resource forum serving as:
The objectives of the YAASIT/SciberLink project are:
The YAASIT/SciberLink project uses the successful, transdisciplinary Canadian International Youth Forum concept, developing and expanding its ideas into youth initiatives across Canada. The project is communicated and advanced across Canada through 486 school boards (2700 secondary schools), 95 universities, and 112 community colleges, including Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, and Assembly of First Nations.
The activities and initiatives of the YAASIT/SciberLink project are to:
YAASIT/Sciberlink is advanced through:
A message from the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson and the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien.