SCIENCE AWARENESS ACTIVITIE
THE SPARK THAT LEADS TO THE LIGHT
Folie Technique is a non-profit organization, established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal, that gives young people opportunities to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through creative, interactive and accessible activities.
Folie Technique seeks to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to discover the STEM fields and develop the self-confidence to pursue studies in those fields, regardless of where they live, their socioeconomic situation or their gender.
Every year, Folie Technique, Polytechnique’s science camp, reaches more than 10,000 young students in Québec through science workshops designed to encourage them to stay in school and value careers in engineering.
ENCOURAGING GIRLS TO PURSUE CAREERS IN SCIENCE
Among other things, Folie Technique offers activities designed to bolster girls’ self-confidence and dispel stereotypes about women and the sciences. The organization seeks to instil in participants a positive attitude toward STEM, so that they one day choose a course of study in engineering and eventually a career in that field.
HELPING YOUTH FROM DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES TO SUCCEED
The academic, personal and social success of youth from disadvantaged communities has long been of concern to society. With that in mind, working in partnership with various organizations, Folie Technique has developed outreach activities specifically for these young people, who otherwise would not have a chance to participate in science programs of this kind.