Background and Overview
Over the past several decades, 1500 high technology companies have either located or began in the Ottawa region earning this city the moniker of ‘Silicon Valley North’. These organizations range from entrepreneurial ‘start-ups’ involved in leading edge research and innovation to global telecommunication giants such as Alcatel and Research In Motion. To tap this resource as a learning opportunity for youth, the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata initiated the Adventure in High Technology program in 1984 for high school youth in Districts 7010, 7070 and 7040.
Adventure in High Technology is an annual program offered to senior high school students who have an interest in exploring a potential career in the exciting world of High Technology. As a result, the program assists participants in making more informed career decisions.
The program involves many local, prominent businesses and industries who have agreed to guide the students with ‘hands on’ learning opportunities, not only in the world of computers, but also in other disciplines using Hi-Tech applications to push the envelope in their respective fields.
Participating organizations include educational institutions, economic development organizations, life sciences organizations and small to medium sized ‘start-ups’.
The program is 5 days in duration and will be on October 16-20, 2016. Participating Rotary clubs sponsor senior high school students from their local high schools who have an interest in pursuing careers in high technology. In addition, sponsoring clubs arrange for their transportation to Ottawa. The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata organizes and manages the daily program and arranges for accommodation through billeting with club members and friends of Rotary. The event culminates with a high profile banquet for participants and business sponsors.
Click here for the Registration form that can be completed and mailed, with the check, to Rotarian Bob Hillier at the address indicated on the registration form.
Comments from students:
“This was an amazing trip and I have learned so much. I will remember this for the rest of my life..”
“Host family was amazing..”
“I’m glad I came on this trip, this has been a great learning experience..”
“This was a great experience. I had a lot of fun. Thank you for making this possible..”
Adventure in High Technology 2016