International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020

February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day's purpose is to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls, while recognizing the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. This day also serves as an effort to bring exposure and encourage girls and women interested in working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Here are events, programs and resources to encourage girls in Science/STEM:

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On February 9, 2020, the Ontario Science Centre is holding an event with special hands-on activities, speakers and presentations to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Challenge implicit biases, widen your perspective on what makes a great scientist and imagine your future in STEM. More than ever today, the world needs science, and science needs women in all fields to bring different perspectives and solutions to global problems. Celebrate women and girls in science with the Science Centre. More info

Level Up Kids Beaches - Coding for Girls
The Coding for Girls is a 12 week program running from Saturday, March 28 to June 13, 2020. For one hour each week, students will work on a technical project. For example, they may work with a local charity and build a video or Web page for them. They will also build a YouTube channel and upload their own videos there, and learn some programming skills using Scratch. Enrollment at Level UP is approximately 75-80% boys, and Level UP wants to change that to 50-50. This club is a way to encourage girls to give Tech a try in a friendly and non-threatening space. More

Mad Science Programs and Camps
Mad Science sparks the imagination and curiosity of children by providing them with fun, interactive and educational programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is, and how it affects their world. Extracurricular program themes include Space exploration, engineering and chemistry. March Break and Summer Science camps offer tons of learning activities and experiments to prevent that summer slide. More

Ontario Science Centre Camps
Ontario Science Centre camps keep young minds happy and active over the summer with exciting experiments, hands-on exhibits and interactive discovery. Programs include Ingenious Engineers (5-12 year olds), Food Science (5-12 year olds) and Science Centre Innovators (13-14 year olds). More

Girls in STEM Monthly Club - Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto
Math Plus at UofT hosts a Girls in STEM Monthly Club. This club is open to girls in grades 6 - 9 and meets on the first Saturday of every month. This year's program started back in Ocotber and will end with the Girls in STEM Conference on May 2, 2020; but inquire about future programs. Students enrolled in this program attend workshops and seminars that will engage them in various topics in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Workshops are led by female members of various departments. The materials covered in the class are separate from standard school curriculum and pre-requisite knowledge is not required. Sessions take place at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. More info

STEAMLabs is a non-profit education-innovation organization that creates science and technology literacy and access in science centres, schools, libraries and maker spaces through exploration and creativity. They also offer programs and seasonal camps including March Break camps and Summer camps running every week in July and August, for two whole months of fun at multiple Toronto locations. More

The STEAM Project Summer Camp
This camp supports and fosters imagination and creativity by providing youth with hands-on experiences and skill development using new and emerging technologies that enable limitless possibilities for design and invention. Programs incorporate the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in an enjoyable and natural way to learn. More

"Explore STEM" in Celebration of Women & Girls in STEM Day
The 2nd annual Women & Girls in STEM event at University of Guelph, takes place on Saturday, Feburary 8th, 2020 to celebrate International Women and Girls in STEM Day! This year's theme of "Explore STEM" is intended to expose participants to all the diverse areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and showcase how it is changing the world! At the Summerlee Science Complex - University of Guelph. For grades 1 through 12. Free admission. More

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Is your daughter interested in science? The New York Times best selling book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. It makes a perfect gift for budding science lovers, illustrating so many inspirational examples of successful women in science, and how they have shaped our world. $22.99 at Chapters-Indigo.

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