GO ENG GIRL – Saturday, October 18, 2014

Looking for an opportunity to promote Science, Engineering, Math and Technology to young women?
“Dispel stereotypes and encourage young girls to explore this exciting and diverse profession with real-life examples of females who are studying engineering and alumna who are excelling as professional engineers.”

This year marks the 10th annual GO ENG Girl, an event for grade 7-10 girls held in 17 engineering faculties across Ontario.  It provides an opportunity for girls to visit their local university to learn about the “wonderful world of engineering” through hands-on activities while interacting with professionals and women currently studying in the field. Their parents/guardians are treated to an informative session about the path to a career in engineering.

Locally, the event is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th at 3 locations: University of Waterloo, University of Guelph & Conestoga College

University of Waterloo 9am – 1:30pm

Parent permission forms and schedule can be found at:

University of Guelph 9am – 1:30pm

Parent permission forms and schedule can be found at:

Conestoga College 9am – 12:30pm

Parent permission forms and schedule can be found at:

 

For an overview of the event and to register for the location of your choice, visit: http://www.onwie.ca/programs/go-eng-girl.  All events are free!

Please pass this information on to appropriate staff, parents and encourage the young women in your classes to participate.

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3 thoughts on “GO ENG GIRL – Saturday, October 18, 2014

  1. Hello,
    Fellow Teacher/Student here.

    As a part of a professional inquiry course I am taking, I was asked to participate in an online community that relates to my profession.

    While reviewing some of the posts on the blog, this one in particular stuck out to me.
    I strongly believe that gender stereotypes have been and still are creating conflicts for children and it is affecting the way they learn or the quality of their learning experiences. Unfortunately not enough time is spent working through these challenges and as a result, young girls and boys are turning away from their interests because they feel that society may punish them for pursuing their dreams. How often are children bullied or targeted because they are challenging their gender “norms”. How can we create a safe and inclusive classroom, school community and society that allows us to follow our dreams, judgment free. How can we support a child centered design when as a society we still are struggling to get everyone on the same foot?

    Just a thought, and a little expression of my frustrations.

    • As a former Tomboy, I hear where you are coming from. I think the only thing we can consistently do is to model acceptance, and vocally correct or admonish critical or judgmental opinions. Finding real-world examples of role models, and encouraging students to pursue their interests, whatever they may be, will help.

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