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McMaster WISE Initiative

Community Outreach - EngSci Girl High School Participants: CREST 2018

EngSci Girl High School Participants

Calling all high school girls (grades 9-12) interested in engineering or science! Join us for our annual CREST meeting held by the WISE Initiative at McMaster University! You'll get a chance to....

  • Be exposed to the cool research happening at McMaster such as 3D printing, diagnostic tools, and more!
  • Meet women studying engineering, science and math
  • Listen to talks by professors and industry professionals
  • Participate in fun mentorship activities and prizes will be awarded!
  • Learn what it's like to be studying science or engineering at university!

WHO: all high school girls (grades 9-12) interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math!)

WHAT: EngSci Girl 2018

WHERE: McMaster University, Engineering Technology Building, room 228

WHEN: Saturday, March 10th, 2018 (CREST)!

WHY: a chance for you to take part in a science & engineering conference (CREST)!

HOW: register for EngSci Girl here by March 1st, 2018 11:59 PM to reserve your spot now! We look forward to seeing you all there!

PAST OUTREACH EVENTS

EngSci Girl 2017

Saturday, March 11th, 2017, 2017 (open to high school students interested in science, engineering, math or technology)

Turn Girls on to STEM

Friday April 10th, 2015 (open to girls in grade 10)
Friday April 24th, 2015 (open to girls in grade 8)

The McMaster WISE Initiative was very excited to collaborate with the McMaster’s Let’s Talk Science (LTS) and the Graduate Women in Physics & Astronomy (GWIPA) groups to host Girls in Science Camp Days on April 10th for grade 10 students and on April 24th for grade 8 students. Participants had the opportunity to take part in a variety of hands on workshops, solar observations, a Planetarium show, as well as a motivational lecture. This year’s camp was funded through SPICES (Student Proposals for Intellectual Community & Engaged Scholarship), a program run by the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster.

Despite huge advancements in promoting women in the STEM fields, there is still work to be done. At all levels of STEM women are underrepresented with about 40% of all STEM graduates being women and only ~20% of all physics and engineering undergraduates being women (source: APS). Studies have shown that by addressing this gender imbalance girls increase their interests in STEM careers (source: Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research). Our hope is that this Girls in STEM day helped build confidence levels and fundamentally increase excitement for this career path!

To read more about the Girls in Science Day(s), visit the McMaster Physics page or check out the article featured in the Hamilton Spectator