Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops will soon welcome high-school students to its Kamloops campus during the summer thanks to a new partnership with Shad Canada.

Shad is an educational opportunity for Grades 10 and 11 students offered at university campuses across Canada that has been running STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs since 1981. It has partnerships with 22 campuses and a network of 20,000 program graduates.

As a Shad campus, TRU is running Shad’s STEAM and entrepreneurship program over a 27-day period in July 2023. Focused on teaching community-minded leaders who want to shape a better world, Shad’s annual summer enrichment program attracts some of the brightest students from around the country.

A central element of the Shad experience is for participants to work in small groups and design a solution for a real-world problem such as food security, water management and improving population well-being.