It’s great to hear of exciting events happening in your city, especially when they are also making a difference. IBM’s Ignite Camp is a free dynamic and interactive summer program that is going on in the capital from July 13th through 17th. The summer program has brought together 25 kids in the Ottawa area (grades 5 and 6) to participate at the camp. The aim is to inspire these kids to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics for tomorrow’s workforce.
According to IBM’s research, the higher education system needs to get up to par to meet the needs of industry.
“Of nearly the 100 experts in the business and academia surveyed, 51 percent believe the current higher education system fails to meet the needs of the students while 60 percent believe it fails to meet the needs of industry.”
For nearly a decade, IBM’s Ignite Camp, run entirely by IBM volunteers, has been devoted to bridging the skills gap and better prepare students towards promising careers, who may not have the opportunity to attend camps otherwise.
The majority of this year’s participants are from Ottawa schools, including Assumption School, Manor Park School and Robert E. Wilson Public School, as well as a small representation of aboriginal children.
This year’s event will include a trip to Carleton University’s laboratory, building robots using Lego Mindstorms, producing their own ice cream and playing sport-related activities.
Camp highlights include a trip to Carleton University, extracting banana DNA, making ice cream, and a final robot.
Check out #IBMIgnite on Twitter to follow the adventure!