Dr. Bonnie Henry to host Science World's "STEAM" learning event for girls

Oct 29 2020, 9:52 pm

Science World’s third annual Girls and STEAM event will be hosted virtually on November 7 with keynote speakers Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki.

The event is a free, half-day seminar with the aim of preparing British Columbia’s female youth for the job landscape of the future that includes STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math.

“The gender gap in STEAM 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. “While this year’s event may look a little different, we’re hoping that by connecting girls virtually to mentors in these fields, it will inspire them to nurture their love for STEAM-related careers. Diversity is essential to ensuring that all voices and ideas are brought to the table and equally respected.”

The event is open for girls ages 11 to 13 and will be delivered online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The schedule of the seminar is as follows:

  • 9:00 am – 9:35 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Dr. Bonnie Henry, followed by a Q&A. Participants will submit their questions in advance (for those onsite) or online during the session.
  • 9:35 am – 9:55 am: Workshop Presented by Genome BC, online participants can participate, ask questions and comment.
  • 9:55 am – 10:15 am: Workshop Presented by BCIT, online participants can participate, ask questions and comment.
  • 10:15 am – 10:45 am: Mentor Breakout Rooms. Online participants will join one of 11 different virtual rooms to meet with groups of 2-3 mentors. Moderators will introduce the mentors and allow time for Q&A. There are 22 mentors (all women in STEAM) from fields including computer game design, civil engineering, animation, biomedical research, chemistry, ocean science, science communication, robotics, botany, and business computing.
  • 10:45 am – 11:10 am: Closing Keynote
  • 11:10 am – 11:20 am: Closing Remarks

“It is important for young people to see and hear about the many opportunities within STEAM that can bring their passions and interests to life. I look forward to sharing my journey and hopefully to inspire these girls to be the STEAM leaders of tomorrow,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer.

If you or a girl you know is interested, you can sign up and reserve a spot here.

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