Operation *Thoth

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Operation Thoth 2013 Conference Application pdf docx

*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


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Praxis' Operation Thoth Conference participants view the Power Engineering facilities at Medicine Hat College.

Praxis' Operation Thoth Conference: Medicine Hat College Biology Lab

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. To provide an experiential base to      assist the young men in their decision making when planning their high      school and post secondary educational programs.
  3. To      showcase the opportunities in the STEM fields in the Medicine Hat area.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To increase the numbers of South      East Alberta young men pursuing STEM area career paths.
  7. To increase media exposure for the STEM areas  resulting in greater public understanding of the impact of these fields in  society.
You couldn’t improve it. It’s just that good.
— student feedback Operation Thoth participant

We wish to  acknowledge the Medicine Hat Rotary Club of Medicine Hat; without their support this conference would not be  possible.

Praxis' Operation Thoth Conference visit to Cancarb.

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

Please Help
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).

Service to youth is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.
— Jane Deeter Rippin

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.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
— Aesop

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