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We only need to look to Bill Lishman to know that anything is possible when you’ve got a great idea. But sometimes it can be hard, practically, to transform those ideas into reality. It can be even harder if you’re a young person, with even fewer resources at your disposal.

Lucky for us dreamers, innovation is the new buzzword in town. In the US, President Barack Obama launched a campaign called “Educate to Innovate” earlier this year, which drives home the need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in schools. Why are these disciplines so important? It all comes down to one key skill: problem solving.

Obama is investing over $250 million, including private sector investments, to train 10,000 new math and science teachers and 100,000 existing teachers to pass on the skills and knowledge to form a strong future generation of thinkers and doers.

One of his campaign items pairs NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) scientists and engineers with teachers and students for a Summer of Innovation. Its first year was a resounding success; transforming complex engineering and science topics into play for youth has been seeding curiosity in kids that continues to grow.

So where does Canada stand in the race to innovate? We’ve got loads of initiatives and organizations sprouting up to help get innovative ideas off the ground (more to come on the blog!), including an entire Ministry devoted to it in Ontario (that would be the Ministry of Research and Innovation). But despite some valiant efforts, Canada is still one of the lowest ranking for innovation on the world stage.

But, we’re pretty positive that innovation is looking up in Canada. Stay tuned to the blog to learn about what’s already happening to boost innovative projects here at home. It’s these ideas that will help make our county a greener and healthier place to live! And don’t forget to visit our Taking Flight campaign to find tools to get your ideas off the ground!

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, let your ideas take flight: Share your story of innovation and bright ideas sparking change by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found here.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

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