Actua

Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Actua is Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization inspiring future innovators. Each year, these members engage over 460,000 youth in 600 communities nationwide. In BC, Actua network members include Coast Mountain College, Thompson Rivers University’s EUReKA! Science Program, Simon Fraser University (Science AL!VE), University of Victoria (Science Venture), University of British Columbia (Geering Up Engineering Outreach), and University of Northern BC (UNBC Active Minds).


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Indigenous Engagement • Post-Secondary Resources • Outreach Programming

EUReKA! Thompson Rivers University

EUReKA! Science Program is a non-profit student run organization based out of Thompson Rivers University. The program offers workshops, summer camps and community events aimed at elementary school children. Topics cover engineering, human biology and chemistry. The EUReKA! Science Program is a proud network member of Actua, a national network of like-minded programs. Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming.


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Elementary School Resources • Speaking to youth in community organizations or schools • Post-secondary resources

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.


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

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Langara College: 449 Women in Science Circle

Langara College is proud of all the women who have chosen to start their STEM careers with them. 49 Women in Science wants to help break down the barriers many of Langara’s students will face as they follow their science dreams. 49 Women in Science will provide philanthropic support, resources, and access to 49 Women in Science mentors to prepare students for a successful STEM career.

The 49 Women in Science Circle brings together successful women who want to support, create opportunities for, and have an impact on young women who study and seek to establish careers in the STEM field. Funds raised by the 49 Women in Science Circle will support and nurture women as they study at Langara and move on to further education and careers.  Beyond the awards, Circle members will also come together to network and mentor STEM students through a series of events hosted by the Circle throughout the year.

By joining the 49 Women in Science circle, you will not only have a positive financial impact by providing scholarships and bursaries to STEM students, but will provide a network of supports to current and future Langara students.  If you would like to learn more about the 49 Women in Science, please contact foundation@langara.ca.


TAGS:

Champion Perspective • Mentorship • Post-Secondary Resources • Volunteering


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

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Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

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I am participating in key leadership roles in many committees and organizations. I sit on advisory boards and steering committees, participate or lead initiatives, and be an active contributing member. I also act as a mentor to those that are interested in learning from others.

My professional career in STEM is independent from my community involvements. However, I have always been able to find employers that value my extra curricular community work.

I have been able to become involved in some amazing projects and have been nominated for committees or initiatives, for which others appreciate the expertise that I bring.

We need to build a critical mass to advance women in engineering and technology. So far, the work rests on a few organizations and individuals that put in their energy and time. All of us can definitely use more input and support, and since we all value diversity, that is actually only achieved if more come forward and join groups and organizations, and become partners in the goal to advance women in engineering and technology. We also need to bridge to more men as goal sharers. Without collaboration across genders, we don’t move forward.


Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Mentoring Program

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Mentoring Program at the Okanagan Campus of The University of British Columbia connects industry mentors with female students in the Faculties of Engineering and the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences. These links help students build satisfying and successful careers. They also enable mentors to promote their industries, network with other mentors, develop new skills, and maintain a connection with the UBC community.
The mentoring structure includes an industry mentor, a senior undergraduate student, and a junior undergraduate student. This structure means that the senior student will gain experience mentoring a junior student.

WisE aims to support the success of young women to transition from their undergraduate education to a career in science or engineering and to prepare and mentor them to remain in the sector.

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Post-Secondary Resources • Mentorship • 
Professional Development