Red Hot Science at RDC receives CanCode funding through Actua to expand digital programming for youth

Date posted: 
Tue, 01/30/2018
Science Camps at RDC

Actua, the national organization that represents Red Hot Science at Red Deer College announced that, through Actua, Red Hot Science will receive $70,000 in CanCode funding.

CanCode is a $50 million dollar fund, announced in the federal budget 2017 that is supporting the development of coding and digital skills for youth across Canada.

“Coding is the next big job. Industries ranging from automotive and agri-food to the life sciences and clean technology need coders, given their increasingly digital nature. That’s why our government is equipping Canadian youth with the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. By teaching kids to code today, we’re positioning Canada for future success across all industries and sectors,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

As a network member of Actua, Red Hot Science is pleased to be receiving a portion of Actua’s CanCode funding. This funding will go towards scaling up Red Hot Science’s community programming to reach even more youth in Central Alberta with inspiring, hands-on coding and digital skills experiences.
“Red Deer College is excited to move forward with new coding and digital skills programming thanks to this CanCode funding support from Actua. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Actua for investing in the youth of our community," said Brenda Munro, Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Red Deer College.

RDC’s Red Hot Science is one of 35 network members receiving CanCode funding through Actua and will work with colleagues across the network to develop and exchange content that will help inspire Canada’s next generation of innovators.

“We are honoured to be a recipient of CanCode funding and thrilled to provide additional support to Red Hot Science to engage more youth in building digital skills,” said Jennifer Flanagan, President and CEO of Actua. “This support means that many more youth in central Alberta will have the opportunity to access free, deep-impact, face-to-face learning experiences which are critical to their future success and our future Canadian workforce.”

Actua’s 35 network members will reach 500,000 youth and over 10,000 teachers across every province and territory with CanCode funding.

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About Red Hot Science at Red Deer College: Science Promotion at RDC provides a variety of science experiences for youth in the Central Alberta region. These include summer camps designed for kids aged 6 to 15 years, where science topics like coding are explored through hands-on activities.

About Actua: Actua is Canada’s leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) youth outreach network representing 35 university and college based members. Each year 250,000 young Canadians in over 500 communities nationwide are inspired through hands-on educational workshops, camps and community outreach initiatives. Actua focuses on the engagement of underrepresented youth through specialized programs for Indigenous youth, girls and young women, at-risk youth and youth living in Northern and remote communities. Actua’s major funders include: Government of Canada, Google Canada, Suncor Energy Foundation, GE Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Finning, Toyota Canada Foundation and Lockheed Martin. For more information about Actua, visit

About CanCode:  The CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017-18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12). The program aims to equip youth, including traditionally underrepresented groups, with the skills and study incentives they need to be prepared for the jobs of today and the future. Canada's success in the digital economy depends on leveraging our diverse talent and providing opportunity for all to participate—investing in digital skills development will help to achieve this.


For additional information contact:
Shelley Newman     
Communications Strategist – Corporate   

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Kristina Martin, Director of Communications, Actua
111 Murray Street, Ottawa ON K1N 5M5
Tel: (613) 234 4137 Fax: 613 234 4779     
E­mail: kristina [dot] martin [at] actua [dot] ca