*Thoth is the Egyptian God of wisdom and the moon. The creator of everything his name means 'Truth' and 'Time'. As such, he was believed to be the inventor of astronomy, engineering, botany, geometry and land surveying. For more information download: ThothEgyptionDemi-God.pdf
What is Operation Thoth?
Operation Thoth is a one day conference organized by Praxis to expose up to 30 potential young male students currently in grade nine from our service area (South East Alberta) to career opportunities in fields that have a component in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the STEM subjects. Created in 2010-2011 as the counter-point to the successful Operation Minerva, Operation Thoth is a day-long conference involving tours of businesses and facilities in Medicine Hat and/or area. The purpose of Operation Thoth is to develop an understanding in grade nine young men of the importance of selecting the STEM courses in high school in order to qualify for appropriate faculties in post-secondary institutions. The conference may include job shadowing with male role models, innovative workshops/displays, on-site tours, formal/informal group discussions and opportunities for establishing networks.
Goals of Operation Thoth:
- To encourage grade nine young men to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related careers (the STEM areas), and to demonstrate the importance of enrolling in these courses in high school to achieve these ends.
- To provide an experiential base to assist the young men in their decision making when planning their high school and post secondary educational programs.
- To showcase the opportunities in the STEM fields in the Medicine Hat area.
- To dispel, in the minds of students “scientist”, "nerd" and "math geek" myths and stereotypes and to show that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are important and interesting.
- To allow participants an informative yet “fun” experience in an effort to enhance and develop positive attitudes towards courses and careers in the STEM fields.
- To increase the numbers of South East Alberta young men pursuing STEM area career paths.
- To increase media exposure for the STEM areas resulting in greater public understanding of the impact of these fields in society.
We wish to acknowledge the Medicine Hat Rotary Club of Medicine Hat; without their support this conference would not be possible.
This year's event will take place on April 19, 2013. The itinerary includes a morning tour of the Medicine Hat College (building/parking map) performing experiments in Chemistry, a dissection lab in biology & a tour of the new Power Engineering facility; lunch (the participants bring with or purchase from the College cafeteria) and afternoon tours of To Be Announced, Meggitt Training Systems Canada and Cancarb Ltd. Please note that in order to be part of Operation Thoth's tour of Meggitt all participants are prescreened by Meggitt and due to contracts with the Canadian military all Thoth participants and supervisors have to be born in Canada. In addition Cancarb had clothing restrictions due to the carbon black manufactured at the plant and safety issues. Participants have to wear proper shoes or boots (no open toes), clothing made from natural materials (cotton or wool), and non white (reduces the soiling of the clothes).
Suggested questions that are provided to the young men to ask their job shadow mentor: Operation Thoth Conversation Starters
Volunteers: In order to provide this extremely positive opportunity at minimal cost to the participants much of our energy will be spent organizing for this event. We require local host sites in the STEM areas for the grade 9 young men to tour. Praxis requires one of two supervisors to accompany the participants on their tours. Volunteers are required by Praxis policy to have on file a completed Praxis Volunteer Application Form (pdf docx) and/or a current "Police Information Check" (Operation Thoth Police Information Check Volunteer Letter pdf docx).
Businesses/Organizations: We would also appreciate business/organization donations towards snacks, the luncheon, participation prizes (promotional items as tangible reminders of their experience) and gift bags for the participants and volunteers (Business Donation Request Letter pdf docx). Please contact us if you can assist us in any one of these areas. You or your business/organization can support our efforts in offering this conference by becoming involved through contacting us via email or at 403-527-5365.
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