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Year: 1996 – Province: Ontario
Edward James has spent 22 years helping students achieve, paying special attention to the challenges facing girls interested in science. In addition to his work as head of the science department at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario, Mr. James has organized a math and science program for girls at the school and has helped prepare learning materials for the Women Inventors Project. Other initiatives include setting up peer-tutoring programs and encouraging students to take up the challenge of science competitions. For example, a team of his students is preparing to compete in the North American Solar Bicycle Race in July 1997. One of the notable characteristics of Mr. James' efforts in all these areas is his persistence. His work to introduce more girls to science and to encourage them stretches back almost a decade. More importantly, with his support and encouragement, a significant number of young women are graduating every year with a solid background in mathematics and sciences and the confidence to pursue non-traditional careers.