by Rae Crossman
Waterloo Unlimited, the high school enrichment program on campus, is currently hosting forty-four bright, motivated grade 10 students from across the province this week. Exploring the theme of “Change”, the students are attending lectures and participating in workshops, seminars and labs offered by all the Faculties. They are examining technological, social, political, and environmental change as they consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers.
Waterloo’s local MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Bardish Chagger, recognizing the value of engaging youth in rich educational experiences, enthusiastically participated in the opening session providing a politician’s perspective.
The students, as part of their Waterloo Unlimited experience, prepared for the talk by critically examining the Minister’s mandate letter as issued by The Prime Minister following the last election. That directive calls for Ministers to institute “real change” in Canadian government. The Unlimited students delved into the details of the mandate letter and, in a respectful exchange, questioned Minister Chagger on the government’s commitment to political change.
Following the opportunity to dialogue with a cabinet minister, the students next turned their attention to the destruction of coral reefs as a consequence of climate change, as Ellsworth LeDrew from the Faculty of Environment shared the results of his research. On the agenda for the week ahead: Mathematics of Change, Shape Memory Alloys, Chemical Change, Fostering Peace, Plants and Civilization, Poetry of Change, and more.
Waterloo Unlimited offers exceptional high school students from across Canada a unique transdisciplinary enrichment experience. Many students, thriving in a stimulating educational community, return for multiple programs (grade 10, 11, and 12), each developed around a different theme and delivered by devoted and passionate educators from across all the Faculties. For the high school students, perience can be transformative.
Making a direct connection to one of Unlimited’s cornerstones, intrinsic motivation, Minister Chagger gave some parting advice to the students concerning taking action for positive change, “Don’t do it because you’ll get credit; do it because it’s right.”