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.


TAGS:

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

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:

Anne-Simonen

Anne Simonen
Guider for the 1st West Nelson Guides

LinkedIn Profile

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 and Steam

Girls and Steam Science is a Science World program aimed at girls 11-13 interested in all things science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math (STEAM). Girls and STEAM puts on events that includes workshops and speakers. Events include the Girls and STEAM Community Showcase which is open to the public and features eye-popping science shows, table-top demonstrations and opportunities to connect with role models and mentors to explore science careers and the cool science happening right here in our community.


TAGS:

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

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

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

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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)

SCWIST collaborates with STEM leaders to engage and inspire women and girls with programs, advocacy, and support networks across Canada. SCWIST offers a number of programs, events, and resources including a job board, diversity and inclusion resources, employer resources and information about scholarships, and advocacy work.


TAGS:

Employer Resources • Educator Resources • Champion Perspective • STEM Scholarships • Industry Resources • Mentorship • Policy/Advocacy • Professional Development • Speaking to Youth in community organizations or schools • Networking Events for Advancing Career • Scholarships


CHAMPION PERSPECTIVE:

Anne-Simonen

Anja Lanz
Design Engineer, EIT

LinkedIn Profile

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.


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