Queen's University

Unique program transforms high-potential teens

[Participants in last year's Shad Valley program at Queen's]Participants in last year's Shad Valley program at Queen's work together in a group-oriented environment to enhance their teamwork and leadership skills.

Forty-eight academically high-achieving and involved secondary school students from around the country have descended on Queen’s to embark on an exciting summer adventure.

“Queen’s is thrilled to be involved with the Shad Valley program again this summer,” says Roxy Denniston-Stewart, Associate Dean of Student Affairs. “It is a wonderful opportunity to expose these future university students to our campus and our city.”

The students live in Queen’s residence throughout July and attend the Shad Valley program. They take advanced lectures on science, engineering and technology while learning how these disciplines can be fused with entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. The program is a unique opportunity for students to work together in a group-oriented environment that enhances their teamwork and leadership skills.

Participants learn from outstanding Queen’s faculty, and attend workshops and seminars led by business leaders from the community. Recreational activities and visits to local cultural attractions add another dimension to the curriculum. The program culminates in an entrepreneurship competition where students are placed in groups to create a new product or service, write a business plan, build a prototype and present their ideas to an industry panel.

“The Shad Valley program introduces students to many exciting topics that are beyond their high school curriculum,” says Jennifer Murphy, Shad Valley Queen’s Program Director. “Lectures range from how to discover your inner entrepreneur to using molecular diagnostics as forensics tools. The activities also focus on successful teambuilding and cooperation, as well as problem solving and critical thinking for real-world applications.”

Participants in the not-for-profit Shad Valley program are selected based on their high potential in the fields of science, technology and engineering, while demonstrating strong leadership abilities and a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. The selection process also takes into account community involvement, volunteerism and extracurricular activities.

Queen’s, one of 10 Shad Valley host campuses across Canada, has participated in the program for the last 11 years.

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