by Gloria Welton
STEAM PEI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young Islanders from kindergarten to grade 12 to pursue learning and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math by fostering their curiosity and confidence through experiential learning opportunities.
STEAM PEI was founded to create more engagement for youth in these subject areas. It was recognized that starting this learning and engagement at a young age will spark curiosity about what careers these skills could lead to.
They offer engaging hands-on programs across PEI, including camps, in-school workshops, after-school classes, special events, and team-building workshops.
Kimberly Wishart Chu Foon is the Director of Partnership Development for STEAM PEI and is also the organization’s Climate Science Specialist. Her background helps her combine her dual role in developing partnerships and more science programming on PEI. She completed her PhD in Environmental Science at UPEI in 2022. Her thesis looks at the collaborative practice of working in conservation.
She is from Trinidad, completed her masters in the UK, and then worked as a Conservation Officer. During that time in her career, she developed a deep interest in working collaboratively with communities.
“I felt that a lot of really creative projects came about as a result of pooling knowledge. Because of this interest and through my connections, I made the journey to PEI.
“I have been on PEI for about six years. This Island reminds me of my community back home. I also like how tight knit and friendly people are.”
“We work closely with the secondary school system on PEI throughout the school year and try to tie our programming into the school curriculum.”
Kimberly spoke of the many partners who help make this all happen. For example, their partnership with the Clean Foundation in Nova Scotia helps bring climate science programming to PEI.
About the staff
There are currently 11 year-round, full-time staff, and 10 work part-time throughout the school year. An additional 15 to 20 full-time, seasonal staff are hired for the summer.
- Director of Partnership Development and Climate Science Specialist
- Director of French programs
- Director of English programs
- Director of Marketing and Bilingual Education Facilitator
- Makerspace Manager
- Office and Retail Manager
- Project Coordinator and Data Specialist
- Sustainable Energy Facilitator
- Education Facilitator
STEAM PEI is currently looking to fill the following summer positions for 2024:
- Summer Camp Leader
- Summer Camp Facilitator
- Summer Camp Support
- Summer Makerspace Support
- Summer Marketing Support
- Summer Logistics Intern
STEAM PEI’s space is on the main level of the Epetwitk Assembly of Councils building, located opposite Founders Hall, Suite 102, 8 Stan MacPherson Way, Charlottetown.