A Recap of Our 2023 Bright Hope STEAM Symposium

Our 2023 Bright Hope STEAM Symposium that took place at the Mississauga Convention Centre, was nothing short of a significant success — surrounded by a day of inspiration, education, and immense joy. We were honoured to welcome Dr. Eugenia Addy as our keynote speaker, who delivered an inspiring address on the importance of nurturing the next generation’s interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Joining her were Ms. Dahabo Ahmed-Omer from Black North Initiative, representatives from Robotics Canada, Canada Learning Code, Tech Spark Canada, OCAD University, Sheridan College, McMaster University, Liberty Power, and other esteemed guests who generously shared their invaluable insights, conducted interactive workshops, and mesmerized our students with captivating demos. This combination of expertise not only enriched the Symposium but also served as a powerful motivator, propelling us to continue advocating for increased opportunities in the STEAM fields.

The electrifying energy of the day was further amplified by the genuine fun and learning experienced by our students. Their expressions of awe and delight illuminated the room as they immersed themselves in interactive and educational activities. Witnessing the joy on their faces and the sparkle of curiosity in their eyes served as a powerful reminder of the impact of hands-on learning experiences.

Amidst the symphony of inspiration and discovery, we are thrilled to introduce our upcoming initiative, NextGen Tech Explorers. This transformative program aims to ignite the passion for technology and computer science in our young students, nurturing their potential and shaping a future generation of innovators and problem-solvers. Understanding the immense significance of introducing computer science at a young age, our starter program is thoughtfully designed to lay a strong foundation for critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative innovation. By equipping our students with essential technological skills, we are paving the way for their success in an increasingly digital world, providing them with an array of opportunities and empowering them to thrive in the 21st-century landscape.

The value of introducing computer science to young students cannot be emphasized enough. By embracing this fundamental discipline, children not only cultivate essential problem-solving abilities but also develop strong analytical thinking and computational skills. Moreover, exposure to computer science fosters creativity, innovation, and adaptability, preparing students to navigate and thrive in a technology-driven society. This early introduction opens the door to diverse career opportunities, ensuring that our young learners are well-prepared to embrace the challenges and opportunities of an ever-evolving technological landscape.

The overwhelming success and positive impact of our 2023 Symposium serve as an inspiring testament to the power of educational initiatives in nurturing the potential of our future leaders. We are deeply committed to continuing our mission of fostering a passion for STEAM disciplines, empowering every child to explore, learn, and flourish in a world brimming with limitless possibilities.

Join us for our 2nd Annual Bright Hope Symposium on June 13, 2024. Stay tuned for registration details. Also, follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.


Empowering the Future with STEAM Education

The future of STEM is the future of progress. In today’s world, technology and innovation are the driving forces behind every industry, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education is more important than ever before.

But the benefits of STEAM education extend far beyond the development of career skills. Early exposure to STEAM education can change the trajectory of a child’s life, especially for Black, Indigenous, and marginalized students. By providing access to engaging, hands-on STEAM learning experiences from an early age, we can inspire a love of learning, promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and empower students to pursue their passions and achieve their dreams.

That’s why we’re excited to be hosting our first annual Bright Hope STEAM-based symposium for students aged 6-14. Our goal is to provide a fun and engaging space where young people can explore the wonders of STEAM education and see how it can be applied in the real world. By offering interactive workshops, hands-on activities, and mentorship from industry leaders, we hope to inspire the next generation of STEAM trailblazers.

The benefits of STEAM education go beyond just academic and career success. It can play a critical role in shaping the social fabric of our society, fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. By championing diversity and inclusion in STEAM, we can help create a more equitable and just society for all.

At this symposium, we want to encourage students to dream big and to know that they have the potential to achieve anything they set their minds to. By taking the first step toward a fulfilling STEAM education, they can pave the way for a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Join us in building a better future for all through STEAM education. Register Now!

June 14, 2023, at Mississauga Convention Centre. For more information email us at connect@patches360.com | text or call 416-640-8860.

The Importance of STEAM education

In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education into early childhood classrooms. This focus is not only important for the development of foundational skills but also plays an important role in providing exposure to non-traditional careers and encouraging diversity in the workforce.

Research shows that introducing STEAM concepts in the early years can help children develop a strong foundation in these subjects, which can lead to better performance in these areas later on. Additionally, it can help students build critical thinking skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities that will be valuable throughout their academic and professional lives.

Moreover, introducing children to non-traditional careers in STEAM fields can help combat inequalities in the workforce, and expose them to new opportunities that they may not have previously considered. Traditionally, certain industries have been dominated by a specific demographic, and this has led to underrepresentation among specific groups, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour.

Representation in the media plays an essential role in shaping children’s perceptions of what is possible, and too often, diverse representation is lacking. However, by introducing children to diverse career options in STEAM fields and providing opportunities for them to engage with professionals from these fields, we can expand their understanding of what is possible and motivate them to pursue these paths.

When children see people who look like them succeeding in careers they may never have considered, they are more likely to believe that they can do the same. They can also see the value of representation in the workforce and recognize the need for diversity, equality, and inclusion in all parts of our society.

As a society, it is vital that we equip children with the necessary tools to navigate the future, and introducing them to STEAM concepts early on is a crucial piece of the puzzle. It provides them with the opportunity to develop strong foundational skills, explore diverse career opportunities, and recognize the value of representation and diversity in the workforce.

As educators, caregivers, and community members, we must prioritize the inclusion and amplification of diverse voices in STEAM fields. It is up to us to create opportunities for children to engage with professionals in these fields, provide mentorship and support, and foster environments that prioritize equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Together, we can provide children with the tools they need to succeed and create a future where everyone is empowered to reach their full potential, regardless of their race or background.


On March 9th, we held our 2019 winter quilting workshop – Artpressions!  We not only had fun…we came together, shared our perspectives and viewpoints of life in and out of care. And created fantastic quilt blocks as a form of reflection. Pictures from the workshop can be viewed on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter

Special thanks to Adoption Council of Ontario for sponsoring the venue, and to all of our youth participants from Halton Children’s Aid Society, and the Children’s Aid Society of Hallimand and Norfolk who attended.