A Career Day FOR Girls BY Girls
Date: Saturday November 19, 2016
Location: Engineering Computer Science Building
Parents are encouraged to attend the afternoon. Please note this event is for girls in gr.3-6. If you need to bring your other children, we kindly ask that they stay with you during the parent information session.
We will be drawing for prizes – including a week of summer camp!! Must be in attendance during the draw to win prizes.
Pay parking is in effect, $3 for the day. Tickets can be purchased in the ticket dispensers in Lot 1.
LIMITED SPOTS - REGISTER AT WWW.SCIENCEVENTURE.CA/REGISTER
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- 12:30-1:00: Registration & Photo Booth
- 1:00-1:15: Opening
- 1:15 - 2:30:
- Parent Session - Supporting Girls in STEM
- Girls Workshops - Hands-on STEM
- 2:30-3:30: Career Booth Scavenger Hunt
- 3:30-4:00: Surveys, Prizes & Snacks
WHY GIRLS IN STEM?
Despite the prevailing argument that the low participation rate of women in STEM is due to “lack of interest”, the more accurate assessment is that girls still face huge barriers when it comes to pursuing interest in STEM.
Girls, like boys, are naturally drawn to science. At a young age, girls want to be engineers, scientists, and innovators. And, yet, while they are looking under every rock for science in their own backyard, they still have one eye on the images around them that portray long-held societal beliefs about women’s role. Parents can also inadvertently discourage their daughters in these fields through subtle but consistent messaging because of their own discomfort with science and technology. Stereotypes tend to stick with these girls and even grow stronger as they age. By high school it is often too late to turn girls back on to the opportunities in STEM.
Many of the barriers girls and women face in STEM can be broken down through positive action. This means engaging girls in STEM early and often through as many channels as possible. It will take an attitudinal shift among parents, educators, and employers. It also requires Canada’s provincial and federal governments to apply a critical lens on the barriers that girls and women face in STEM and allocate funds to provide more out-of-school programs and opportunities for girls and women to experience STEM.