If you’re looking for some fun activities to fill your days with the dreary weather you won’t want to miss the 4th annual Girls and STEAM being presented by Science World! This free, half-day virtual symposium aims to prepare British Columbia’s youth for the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, Math) heavy
job landscape of the future. Join Keynote speaker and popular science communicator Dr. Samantha Yammine (aka @Science.Sam) and get ready to dive into learning from some of the coolest industry leaders.
This is the fourth year of Girls and STEAM, a virtual day packed with workshops, hands-on activities, panel discussions, and an interactive mentorship component. Girls and STEAM gives girls dreaming of future careers in STEAM a space to learn about a variety of scientific topics and careers from experts and mentors. Last year’s digital event saw 2,500 attendees from across the country participate.
With Canada facing a major gap in gender diversity in STEM careers, Girls and STEAM endeavors to inspire, engage and empower girls to pursue research-focused and technical careers by connecting them with female professionals and learning opportunities to help address the major gap in gender diversity that Canada is facing in these fields.
“The gender gap in STEM fields continues to be an issue with only a quarter of jobs today held by women,” said Tracy Redies, President and CEO of Science World. “Women are less likely to choose a career in STEM than other fields and we believe in the importance of connecting girls to mentors at an early age to transform this. This is our hallmark annual Girls & STEAM event, we added an ‘A’ to include arts & design, and we also now host monthly mentorship events meant to nurture a love for STEAM-related careers on an ongoing basis. Diversity in these fields is essential to ensuring that all voices and ideas are brought to the table and equally respected. It’s imperative that we start this process today.”
While the terms “women” and “girls” are used for this event, Girls & STEAM invite participants and mentors who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, two-spirit, and gender questioning.
Schedule for Girls & STEAM
|9:00am||Opening Keynote with Science Sam, followed by interactive Q&A|
|10:00am|| Interactive workshop exploring how disease researchers track outbreaks.|
Participants will participate in predictions and surveys during the workshop and learn
about free online tools they can use to explore other genetic activities after the event.
|10:30am|| Interactive mentor panels where participants can ask questions of mentors|
in a wide range of STEAM career fields.
|11:00am|| Participants can explore virtual booths from the online industry showcase.|
Discover amazing careers that are available with some of BC’s top science and
technology organizations through videos, images, and links to more information about
|11:30am||Second interactive mentor panel session with new mentors and careers.|
Throughout the online event there will also be spectacular science demonstrations and fun try-at-home activities from Science World. All mentor sessions will be available to stream after the event at www.youtube.com/scienceworldtv. There will also be a 20-minute workshop hosted by Genome BC in which participants will have the chance to solve a fictional viral outbreak with real-world online tools that scientists use to compare DNA sequences and explore how viruses can spread through a community.
Interested participants are invited to learn more and register at https://www.scienceworld.ca/girls-and-steam/
We hope you’ll join us for this incredible, fun-filled morning! My daugter is all about science and learning how things work, especially with the current global landscape. I can’t wait to share this event with her. Don’t forget to pre-register in advance so you don’t miss out!