Returning for the 6th year is Science World’s highly popular Girls and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts + design, and math) Summit, presented by STEMCELL Technologies.
On Saturday, November 4th, 300 young girls, aged 12-14, will take over the dome in a day of hands-on activities, enriching workshops, inspiring mentorship sessions and an engaging keynote presentation.
With a gender gap evident across many STEAM fields, Science World’s Girls and STEAM program effectively dispels myths surrounding these careers, providing a welcoming environment for girls to engage in STEAM activities, boosting their confidence and interest.
Stats show that among high school graduates, women are 30% less likely than men to enroll in a postsecondary STEM program shortly after graduation. The event sheds light on the local STEAM community and available resources for girls and women interested in pursuing a career in these fields.
This year’s keynote presentation features Andini Makosinski, a Filipina-Polish Canadian inventor best known for her invention of the Hollow Flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand, and the eDrink, a coffee mug that harvests the excess heat of a hot drink and converts it into electricity to charge a phone.
“Science is about so much more than what happens in the laboratory. It provides a lens that can instill a deep-seated curiosity in young minds and enrich every aspect of our lives,” said Sharon Louis, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, STEMCELL.
“Scientific education – in the classroom and out in the world – can lead to life-changing experiences and limitless opportunities for young women and girls. STEMCELL is proud to support the Girls and STEAM program to make science more accessible, and help ignite the passion of the next generation of scientists and leaders.”
The event will host over 40 mentors from diverse industries, providing opportunities for girls to engage in roundtable discussions with female STEAM leaders, facilitating open and insightful conversations about their respective fields.