SHAD is a month long program, in July, focusing on the STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in regards to business and entrepreneurship. Participants spend the month living in residence at a university, while attending lectures, workshops and completing a business challenge.
Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity of attending SHAD at Carleton University in Ottawa. I was able to attend lectures on topics such as imagination and nanotechnology, participate in game design and global health workshops, while making 55 amazing new friends. We also had a chance to explore Ottawa, go camping (in the pouring rain), try dragon boating, and many other fun and different activities. A group of us even walked across the Ontario-Quebec border one day during our, very limited, free time.
Every year, participants are given a business challenge and the topic this year was food insecurity in Canada. My group created a company called Stetix. We developed a product called SpiraVita, which is a small tank which allows consumers to easily grow a blue-green algae, called Spirulina, in the comfort of their own home. Spirulina is very nutrient dense and, if needed, someone can live off of just 2 grams of Spirulina per day and water.
My group was chosen to represent SHAD Carleton in the John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup. This event took place on October 27th, and my group placed second in the Best Website category and third in the Best Prototype category.
Shad was one of the best experiences of my life. It is impossible to describe how amazing and life-changing Shad was. If you are currently in grade 10, 11, or 12, I completely recommend applying. The application is due on November 28th, 2016.
For More Information on Stetix: http://www.shad.ca/SHADCup2016ProjectsSpiravita.htm
For More Information on the SHAD Program: http://www.shad.ca/