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Former Girls Get WISE Participants Studying at the Mount

Former Girls Get WISE Participants Studying at the Mount

Catching-up with past Girls Get WISE event participants Madyn, Molly, and Emily as they detail the impact WISEatlantic had on their post-secondary pathways.

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Partnerships Program 2018-19
For: Teachers/Parents For: Women in SETT

Partnerships Program 2018-19

There is still time to apply for our Partnerships Program for the 2018/19 year. This program is an opportunity for community organizations in Atlantic Canada to apply for small one-year sponsorships for new activities and/or projects that promote the outreach, recruitment, and retention for girls, young women, and industry professionals in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

If you have a great idea for a new activity, conference, workshops etc. that aims to support girls and women in STEM and you and/or your organization is located in any of the Atlantic Provinces, then be sure to apply. You could receive a sponsorship of up to $3,000!

Make sure to visit the Partnerships Program page of our website for deadlines and application guidelines.

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Senior Girls Get WISE Science Summer Camp
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Senior Girls Get WISE Science Summer Camp

We had a great turn-out for our 2nd annual Senior Girls Get WISE Science Summer Camp this year, 18 girls ages 15 & 16 participated. We had a great week learning about various STEM professions such as Entomology, Psychology, Embryology, Computer Scientist and more!

Campers also participated in many engaging STEM activities such as bee classification, viewing chick embryos. doing flame tests in Chemistry, and learning how an EEG works.

View photos from the camp by clicking here.

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Girls Get WISE 2018
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Girls Get WISE 2018

On April 7, 2018 WISEatlantic hosted their largest Girls Get WISE Science Retreat yet with 80 girls participating! This year featured three hands-on activities, Nifty Neuroscience, Electrifying Chemistry, and the Mathematics of Winning. We were also fortunate to have El Jones, the Mount's Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies, join us to perform an inspiring spoken word poem. As always, thank you to our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and role models for making this event a success!

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Partnerships Program Successful Applicants 2017
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Partnerships Program Successful Applicants 2017

The WISEatlantic Partnerships Program is an opportunity for community organizations in Atlantic Canada to apply for small one-year sponsorship for new activities and/or projects that promote the outreach, recruitment, and retention of girls, young women, and industry professionals in STEM. The Partnerships Program had six applicants for 2017 and the following three were successful in receiving funds for innovative programs in 2018:

  1. In-School STEAM Workshops submitted by Education 20/20, PEI
  2. Women Scientists in Agriculture and Fishing submitted by Faculty of Agriculture – Female Leaders in Academia at Dalhousie University, Truro, NS
  3. WISE NL Speaker Series submitted by WISE NL, St. John’s, NL

Congrats to the successful applicants! The next round of submissions will open in September 2018 on our Partnerships Program page.

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NS Aboriginal Youth Participate in Explore STEM
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NS Aboriginal Youth Participate in Explore STEM

On November 16th, 2017, twenty-seven Aboriginal youth from across the province came together at Mount Saint Vincent University for a fun day to explore what STEM is all about.

The youth participated in a hands-on engineering design challenge where they worked in teams to design and construct a functioning windmill with limited resources. They also had the opportunity to learn about exciting STEM careers, such as chemical engineering and dietetics, from local Aboriginal professionals working in these fields. The participants found it a challenging but fun day and were enthusiastic to participate in more hands-on activities, with several of the youth commenting ‘it was really fun and would love to come again’.

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Special Guest Visits New Girls Get WISE Science Camp
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Special Guest Visits New Girls Get WISE Science Camp

The new Girls Get WISE Science Camp for girls 15 & 16 years old, which took place August 28-31, 2017, was pleased to welcome the Federal Science Minister, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan.

On Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 the Honourable Kirsty Duncan stopped by the Girls Get WISE Science Camp to share with the girls her experience working as a science researcher. Minister Duncan also spoke with each of the participants and encouraged them to continue their math and science studies. We are thankful to the Minister and her team for the visit! To read more about the Ministers visit click here.

Girls in this camp also had the opportunity to learn about research in areas such as Organic Chemistry, Marine Biology, and Mathematics, from local female researchers who came to share their research with the girls. Of course, participants also participated in fun and challenging hands-on science experiments and activities throughout the week.

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Driving Women Out
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Driving Women Out

Robin Durnford writes how university's reliance on contract labour is creating a hostile environment for female professors. This article sheds light on the impact of contract positions, and their ramifications for women in academia.

Read the article here.

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Minister Geoff Regan visits Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal
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Minister Geoff Regan visits Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal

This past May, The Honorable Geoff Regan, MP for Halifax West and Speaker of the House of Commons, visited Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal's lab to learn more about her research, and the WISEatlantic program. Dr. Franz-Odendaal was later featured in his Summer 2017 constituency newsletter.

Read the article (on page two of the newsletter) here.

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6th Annual Girls Get WISE Science Summer Camp
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6th Annual Girls Get WISE Science Summer Camp

The annual Girls Get WISE Science Summer Camp was an exciting week-long day-camp that took place from July 17-21 at Mount Saint Vincent University. 23 girls ages 12-14 years old explored science through hands-on activities, and discovered careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by meeting and chatting with women working in STEM fields.

Girls enjoyed tracking the development of zebra fish embryo’s throughout the week, and participating in fun engineering design challenges, a Crime Scene Investigation, soldering to create circuits for a flight simulator with Lockheed Martin, and much more! Camp participants also met inspiring women during the role model session, including women working in biology, engineering, and technology.

Thank you to our volunteers, and everyone who took part in making the camp such a success! Pictures taken during the camp can be viewed on our Facebook page.

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