Girl Guides Girls in STEM

Girl Guides – Girls in STEM program provides girls ages 5-17 an opportunity for hands on experience in STEM. Girls can experiment, design, create and imagine as they explore the infinite possibilities of what they can achieve in the world of science, technology, engineering and math. Girls are exposed to engineering through meetings, camps, conferences and workshops. The program also provides support and connections to women mentors in the field.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • Champion Perspective • High School Resources • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Mentorship


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

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Anne Simonen
Guider for the 1st West Nelson Guides

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I’m involved with the Girl Guides of Canada (girlguides.ca) I was involved as a youth member for many years, and when I finished my diploma, I wanted to get involved again. I did some research and was really excited to learn that Girl Guides is always seeking greater diversity and the inclusion of all self-identified girls and women. Volunteering with Girl Guides has benefitted my career as I find a lot of Guiders are in engineering and technology careers, and it has also connected me with parents in those careers as well.

I also find being a Guider has helped me as I find I am more connected to my community, and it has also connected me to a network of women who I know I can look to for mentorship, encouragement, or a sympathetic ear. Girl Guides has a strong emphasis on introducing girls to STEM careers, with multiple badges available to earn on the subjects, as well as camps and other events specifically to help youth members explore new careers and introduce them to role models.

(And to bust a myth: you DON’T need to be a parent to volunteer!)


 

Girls Exploring Physics, Simon Fraser University

Girls Exploring Physics provides free workshops for girls in grades 9-10 located at the SFU Burnaby campus. They provide hands on activity sessions and a tour of the new Trottier astronomical observatory. In 2017 the program expanded to include professional development workshops for secondary science teachers to provide them with strategies to encourage more young women to study physics at the university level.


TAGS:

High School Resources • Professional Development (for high school science teachers) • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools

GIRLsmarts4tech

Based at UBC, the GIRLsmarts4tech program offers workshops for grade 7 girls in computer science. Programs include demos and hands on activities such as writing HTML computer programs, building a website and 3d printing. The interactive programming helped girls experiment and be creative. Sponsored by various partners including SAP and Microsoft.


TAGS:

High School Resources • Post-Secondary Resources • Volunteering • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools

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Kootenay Association for Science & Technology

KAST – Kootenay Association for Science & Technology manages the program GLOWS (Growing & Learning Opportunities With STEAM) which provides opportunities to help youth ages 5-19 find inspiration about their post-secondary education in a variety of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) disciplines.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective •  Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Mentorship


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

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Tanya Malcolm
GLOWS Program Manager for KAST

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Tanya Malcolm is the GLOWS (Growing & Learning Opportunities With STEAM) Program Manager for KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology). GLOWS is the KAST youth program which offers community based STEAM programs to youth in the Kootenay region to inspire and encourage them to continue to expand their knowledge of STEAM, and to pursue further learning opportunities after secondary school.

Tanya’s experience with GLOWS has been extremely satisfying. Her background is in project, program and community management and GLOWS has offered her the opportunity to take her skill set and apply it to a program that directly impacts youth in the region. Contributing to meaningful projects through her work is very important to Tanya and she considers working with kids to be a great privilege and finds it very rewarding. Tanya’s work experience includes planning, collaborating and delivering STEAM based learning opportunities for students in grades K-12.

Tanya’s career in STEAM would not exist if it were not for the experience GLOWS has provided her. Her career path is a beautiful example of an organic development that has led to work within a sector that continues to inspire, challenge and excite her to develop both professionally and in women’s leadership.

Developing STEAM programs for youth has demanded Tanya stay on top of trends in science & technology, demands of the workforce, innovation in education and most importantly youth perspectives. Listening to youth voices is always inspiring and educator, leadership and mentorship opportunities through GLOWS can be both rewarding and valuable.

Seeing more women leading and teaching youth STEAM programs, mentoring youth and advocating for youth in tech provides youth in our region an important perspective – women in STEAM are competent, valuable and giving back. It is beneficial for all youth, no matter their gender identity,  to experience female STEAM leaders, but it is essential for our advancement for girls and young women to see the potential available to them through exposure to women lead STEAM learning opportunities.


Science World – Scientists and Innovators in Schools (SIS) Program

Scientists and Innovators in Schools (SIS) is a volunteer-based program that helps address British Columbia’s need for more scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, creative technology professionals and innovators to promote students’ interest in these areas. SIS’ goal is to inspire students (Grades K–12) with exciting, in-school presentations by career mentors across BC.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Mentorship • Speaking to Youth in community organizations or schools • Networking for Social Reasons

The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)

CAGIS is a national organization with chapters in Vancouver and Victoria BC. They hold monthly events to provide hands on activities and insights to girls aged 7-16 years about STEM careers. CAGIS Virtual is a new program that offers weekly, hands-on, live STEM sessions led by real experts. Volunteering opportunities are available to help run virtual activities or host a virtual session in area of expertise.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Volunteering

UBC Geering Up

UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering, and technology to youth (grades K-12) across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized and operated by UBC students to provide school workshops, camps, clubs and events. They strive to reach all children and youth, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture or socio-economic status, with special outreach for those groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Girls and online programs available.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Indigenous Engagement • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Volunteering

University of Victoria’s Science Venture

UVic’s Science Venture is a non-profit organization that offers hands-on, minds-on science, engineering and technology learning opportunities for youth entering grades 1 through 12. Science Venture delivers innovative science, technology, engineering, and math programming to Vancouver Island youth, 5-18 years of age. Programming includes workshops, after school clubs, summer camps, and events – all designed to stimulate the interest and passion for these subject areas.

University of Victoria’s Indigenous STEM program is a reciprocal partnership between Indigenous communities and groups and the University of Victoria’s Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE), Faculties of Science & Engineering, and Science Venture, to address the gap in scientific literacy by engaging Indigenous youth in STEM and encouraging them to pursue these fields as a career choice. Working with organizations and friendship centres, the Program offers school science clubs, spring/summer break camps, and events in various Indigenous communities.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Indigenous Engagement • Mentorship • Professional Development • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools

Westcoast Women in Engineering Science and Technology (WWEST)

WWest’s mission is to engage industry, the community and students to increase the awareness and participation of women and other under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study and careers. WWEST works regionally and nationally on policy, research, advocacy, facilitation, and pilot programs that support women in science and engineering.

www.sfu.ca/wwest

wwest.mech.ubc.ca


TAGS:

High School Resources • Elementary School Resources • Employer Resources • Educator Resources • Industry Resources • Scholarships • Mentorship • Professional Development • Networking for Advancing Career • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Policy/Advocacy

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Women in Consulting Engineering (WCE)

Women in Consulting Engineering (WCE) is a community devoted to supporting and empowering women in engineering. WCE is committed to increasing gender diversity and inclusion in the consulting engineering industry for present and future engineers. The objective is to provide a community and support network for WCE members by hosting fun monthly socials, speaker series, mentorship mixers and outreach events. WCE is a safe space for women, those who identify as women, and men who champion women.


TAGS:

Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Networking for Advancing Career • Mentorship