GLOWS technology programs, an important Selkirk College youth initiative, is coming back under the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) umbrella with some exciting upcoming events and programming.

GLOWS (Growing & Learning Opportunities With STEAM) provides opportunities to help youth ages 5-19 find inspiration for their post-secondary education in a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) disciplines.

This unique program includes summer camps, RobotGames, the Kootenay Contraption Contest, Girls in Engineering, and the Quantum Leaps speaker series. Events will be held in Trail, Nelson and Castlegar in the near future.

KAST created GLOWS in 2007 and ran the program for nine years until Selkirk College became the delivery lead.

It’s been a big growth year for KAST,” says KAST Executive Director Cam Whitehead. “We’re thrilled to lead such great tech-focused programming for Kootenay youth. It’s so important to get kids from all backgrounds interested in STEAM fields from an early age.

Selkirk College and KAST are longtime collaborators with major tech-focused initiatives including the MIDAS Fabrication Lab in Trail, the Web Development Program launching in fall 2019 and a Digital Fabrication Program to be launched in 2020.

Fostering an interest and passion for learning these disciplines at a young age is vital to success when students reach the post-secondary stage of their education,” says John Kincaid, Selkirk College’s Vice President of Students & Advancement. “GLOWS will continue to grow and thrive under KAST which will be of great benefit for the minds of future leaders in science, technology, problem solving and creativity.”

Upcoming events and programming:

  • Summer camps: A series of camps that will run for one to three days will be organized at MIDAS Lab (Trail) during the summer of 2019.
  • Kootenay Contraption Contest: Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 are invited to imagine, design and illustrate a “contraption” that solves a specific problem for a big prize.
  • Quantum Leaps: A workshop series to engage girls in grades 10-12 in science, engineering and technology-related post-secondary education and careers.
  • RobotGames:Youth from around the region will build, program and deck out their robots to enter RobotGames, a fun and free-spirited event full of prizes.

GLOWS Technology Programs for Youth Return to KAST - Robo Games

GLOWS provides opportunities for youth to immerse themselves into fun and exciting programs throughout the year including the annual RobotGames that has been taking place in the gym at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus for the last three years.

We’re always looking for sponsors, judges and volunteers to keep this valuable programming going,” says Whitehead. “Get in touch with us if you can help out. We’d love to run these programs in every community across the Kootenays.”

For more information about GLOWS programs and events, please contact:

KAST – Cam Whitehead: 250-888-0949

Selkirk College– Bob Hall: 250-551-4185

selkirk college GLOWS technology programs for youth

About Selkirk College: Selkirk College has been providing regional post-secondary opportunities since 1966. The college serves more than 13,000 learners in eight locations across the West Kootenay and Boundary region that includes more than 2,500 full-tine domestic students, 700 international students and 10,000 community education learners. The college helps build remarkable futures through programs that educate and train students for careers in health care, tourism, trades, social services, the arts, business, technology, forestry and early childhood education. The college’s Applied Research & Innovation Centre (ARIC) located in Castlegar partners with government, industry and business to help build a stronger and more vibrant rural economy.  

About KAST: The Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) has supported technology-focused entrepreneurs since 1998. Its purpose is to:

  • Build a recognized, vibrant and prosperous science and technology community by connecting and solving problems for entrepreneurs; and
  • To work with business and communities to support and showcase the opportunities provided by science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation in our region.

The association runs two facilities: MIDAS Lab (Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies), a digital fabrication laboratory in Trail, and the Nelson Innovation Center (NIC), the new digital tech sector hub in Nelson.



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