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SLOME Science Technology and Trades inspires 2,800 students!!!

Posted by: Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning And Development Board

SLOME 2011 may look a bit different this year with a focus on Science, Technology and Trades but the message and its power to inspire youth was a success! 
 
2,800 students from grades 7 to 12, from the City of London, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties flowed into the Western Fair Agri-Plex and one could not help but notice the look of amazement on their faces. Amazed at the number of interactive exhibits or maybe just amazed that one of these could be their future career. SLOME offers a variety of experiential learning opportunities in just one day. 
 
SLOME was host to 49 interactive exhibits, with over 250 staff, 25 sponsors and 20 volunteers. SLOME is a not for profit project of the Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board, which partners youth and business. 
 
The Physics and Astronomy Department at Western was awarded the SLOME trophy for their engaging exhibit!  Congratulations.   Medix School and the London Home Builders’ Association received Honourable Mentions.   A job well done to all exhibitors! 
 
Rogers TV was back at SLOME filming Daytime on site! 
 
The London Free Press joined us to share the news on SLOME http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/05/12/18138621.html.
 
     
What teachers had to say about the experience….
 
“The hands-on displays showed the real world application of the occupations on display…
The Ontario Skills Passport activity was a great idea; it engaged students and contributed to their awareness of the different skills required for the workforce…
The exhibitors were very well prepared and great with the students” 
 
What students had to say about their experience….
 
we learned about different jobs…fixing  the plumbing system….the bus exhibit… the medical exhibit...and the farming one…I think it's a great way to find out what you like to do”
 

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