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!
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:
Congrats to the successful applicants! The next round of submissions will open in September 2018 on our Partnerships Program page.
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’.
WISEatlantic and the Community SciMath Program at Mount Saint Vincent University hosted the first STEMaware event at the Mount on October 18th. This event brought together High School girls in grades 9-12 with current Mount BSc students who had the opportunity to chat informally with Mount BSc Alumnae.
Prior to the students meeting Alumnae, Career Services at the Mount held a session for both High School students and Mount students that discussed STEM careers, the importance of networking, and preparing students with questions they could ask the alumnae. Alumnae shared their current careers with students and how a degree in Science benefited their career paths. Thanks to everyone who came out for a great event, especially all our Mount Alumnae!
Click here for more info on the Community SciMath Program!
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.
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.
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.
On April 22nd, 2017 The Girls Get WISE in Science Retreat hit the road to Eskasoni, Cape Breton. The event was held at Allison Bernard Memorial High School where close to 30 girls from grades 9-12 gathered to participate in engaging science activities. The participants were able to design and build their own water filters, and make their own soap from charcoal! As with all Girls Get WISE events, the girls also had the opportunity to chat with several female role models working in a host of different STEM careers including IT and Dietetics.
The annual Girls Get WISE Science Retreat held on April 1st, 2017 was an exciting day where 60 girls in grades 7-12 explored science through hands-on activities. Girls enjoyed a forensics exploration, and created a bungee jump for an egg! During the popular role model session, participants met women working in coding, nutrition, biology, oceanography, and engineering careers.Read MoreLess
WISEatlantic was pleased to host a workshop and a booth for the March 3, 2017 Girls Conference at Mount Saint Vincent University. This conference is a yearly event run by the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice.
High school girls from across the province participated in the Girls Conference which featured various workshops which included confidence building, leadership skills, personal and professional growth, etc. and also a keynote address by Reeny Smith. WISEatlantic’s workshop Be Inspired: Discover Exciting Careers featured a panel of six female role models who work in a variety of STEM careers. The workshop, which was sponsored by J.D. Irving Limited, was well-received by the over 35 participants present.
“I felt like all the information I learned sparked my thinking for what I will do in the future.” – Workshop Participant
Following the release of our survey "Career Choices and Influencers in STEM: an analysis in the Maritime Provinces" in 2014, Dr. Franz-Odendaal was interviewed by CBC Mainstream, the Rick Howe Show, Daily Commercial News, and the National to discuss the results.Read MoreLess