In the spring of 1999, a science outreach workshop was organized by Dr. Kevin Hewitt in Vancouver for kindergarten to grade 8 African Canadian students.  This event was dubbed “Imhotep’s Legacy Project I.”  Hewitt’s experiences with this project and his involvement with the Afrocentric Science Academy led to a discussion with Wayn Hamilton and conceptualization of a series of Imhotep’s Legacy Projects.

Hamilton had a good handle on the realities surrounding the elementary and post-secondary schools in Nova Scotia. He identified Barb Hamilton-Hinch, who came on board to lend her connection to the Black student body at Dalhousie University.

Major Program Milestones

Years later, with the dedication of many, Imhotep’s Legacy Academy operates across Nova Scotia, influencing the lives of the youth by making STEM subjects accessible and interesting while also supporting their academic success. Currently, ILA’s programs work with junior high, high school and university/college students.

Imhotep’s Legacy Academy – Timeline of Development

Year Events
  • 1-day workshop organized at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC – themed “Imhotep’s Legacy”, included a Magic Show/Activities and a profile of African Canadians in science
  • 1-week Afrocentric Science Academy held at Saint Mary’s University
  • Dr. Kevin Hewitt accepts Assistant Professorship in Dalhousie University’s Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
  • piloted the Saturday Summer Science School – themed “Imhotep’s Legacy”
  • Imhotep’s Legacy After School Science Project conceived by Wayn Hamilton, Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, and Dr. Kevin Hewitt
  • Imhotep’s Legacy: After School Project III pilot – Caledonia Junior High School
  • Imhotep’s Legacy: After School Project IV pilot – Saint Patrick’s-Alexandra School included
  • ILA’s website is launched
  • Imhotep’s Legacy: After School Project V – decision is made to expand
  • Imhotep’s Legacy After School Project is expanded to Truro Junior High School in Truro, NS
  • Activity plans developed
  • SuperNova contributes 10 scholarships to their Summer 2007 Science camp
  • Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA) name adopted
  • Virtual High School Project planning underway
  • Imhotep’s Legacy After School Project is expanded to Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School in Sydney, NS
  • Virtual School Program implemented (online tutoring via the Marratech Video Conferencing platform)
  • ILA moves to the Killam Library office space