STEAM Education Centre

About the Week

This program will connect you with STEAM Education Centre in St. Thomas. They are working with The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority and Elevated Park to explore, create and research trail signs along predominant outdoor trails. They would like these signs to explore the area's diversity and ensure all residents can access them. Along with creating trail signs, STEAM would like to challenge your team to develop a social media campaign promoting the installation of the signs.

Day one will be spent getting to know your fellow Western Team, learning about each of your strengths. The afternoon will be spent with the STEAM Education Centre team, learning about the community and exploring the recreational trail system. Day two will be spent in a design jam outlining critical points of interest on the trail system and exploring innovative ways to share the historical context of the trails through a multitude of languages. Day three will be your team's opportunity to present your idea and celebrate your experience.

About the Organization

STEAM has a mission to educate, equip and empower learners to imagine and create the future through play, ingenuity and innovation using science, technology, engineering, art/design and math (STEAM). They focus on the future and help students learn the essential skills and competencies required to excel; they encourage students to innovate, fix what is broken and inspire youth to create and not just consume. Whether virtual or at the Centre in St. Thomas, the STEAM team introduces learners to an extensive library of hand tools and emerging technologies, including professional audio, video production equipment, wood-working, leather-working and metal-working tools, 3D printers, CNC router, Epilog laser cutter, Cricut machines, graphic design tablets, and more.

STEAM believes there are many ways to be creative and has the tools to make your imagination come to life.

Program Dates

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - Friday, February 25, 2022

Participant Numbers

  • 8-12 students
  • 1 student team leader
  • 1 staff leader

Learning Outcomes

At the end of your Impact Experience you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to explore ideas, issues, and viewpoints other than your own, through reflective practice, group discussions and program activities
  • Work under conditions of ambiguity or uncertainty by engaging with community partners, community members and working as a team
  • Explore and design a communication plan that explains the recreational trail system in Elgin County

Ideal Participant

If you are looking for an exploration, design, and communication-focused service experience – this is your experience. This experience involves participants being excited about design, outdoor recreation, and communication. You will be challenged to find your voice and work as a team. If you are hard-working, team-oriented, and want to learn more about the rural community outside of London, then this is an excellent opportunity for you.


Careers & Experience is sponsoring student participation in this program. 

Preliminary Itinerary


Your team is encouraged to organize social evenings throughout the week such as virtual dinners and group chats and games. 

Need to Know

This is a virtual experience and you do not need to be in London to participate. 

Accessibility: Please contact us if you have any accessibility considerations we can address that would support your learning.