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.
Champion Perspective • Elementary School Resources • High School Resources • Mentorship
GLOWS Program Manager for KAST
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.