What We Do
The iDAPT Young Innovators (iYI) program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is dedicated to motivating young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The iDAPT (Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation, and Technology) Centre for Rehabilitation Research at Toronto Rehab fosters innovative research to help solve every day problems. In line with this vision, the iYI program demonstrates to students the positive and tangible impacts that they research can have on society -- while having a lot of fun along the way.
Our program offers visits to iDAPT at Toronto Rehab where youth groups are given a chance to view our state of the art labs, engage in hands-on activities, and meet with our graduate students, researchers, and scientists. It also shows the path by which research results can be commercialized, another theme that runs through science education today.
The students sometime have designated time in the auditorium where they will participate in a few interactive games and activities. Some of those activities include presenting the student with an opportunity to experience what it likes to have a disability or impairment, and brainstorm possible solutions and innovative ideas to combat these problems.
Some other activities are about encouraging students to think like a scientist and try to come up with solutions for a problem or find out an explanation for an observation.
The children will then take the stage and present to their peers and educators, what they have learned from the visit, or on site activities.
Events, Mentorship, and Scientist Panels
Science education today promotes the approach of connecting what is learned in school with the real world. iDAPT’s work is unique in that it focuses on big, real world problems that even young children can relate to. This raises the possibility of children researching the problems themselves, designing (safe) experiments, and doing the same kinds of real science that the researchers are doing. In some events held at TRI, the students can present their work to the researchers and get feedback about it. They can see how the researchers approached the problem, and what solutions they have come up with.
The multidisciplinary nature of the work of iDAPT can be used to show students a variety of career paths. The work involves Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy, Psychology, Kinesiology, Engineering, Computer Science, Nursing, Medicine, and others. iDAPT’s work also has curriculum connections for almost any science or science-related subject at any grade and level.