Destination Exploration and City of Lethbridge welcome Lethbridge School District girls to first All Girls STEM Day

Thu, 04/20/2017

 

All Girls STEM Day on Monday, April 24 aims to empower, educate, and excite our future female STEM leaders.

Middle-school girls from Lethbridge School District 51 interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) have been invited to join the City of Lethbridge and Destination Exploration (University of Lethbridge) for a day full of inspiring and exciting activities, demos and discussions.

The day begins at the Galt Museum & Archives with women from the City of Lethbridge discussing the importance of city planning and infrastructure. Participants will also learn about waste management within the city and have a behind-the-scenes introduction to how our city works. During the lunch break, everyone will learn some new circuit-building skills and build their own wearable technology to take home.

Participants will then travel to the University of Lethbridge to experience life on campus and join members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, Geography, and Mathematics & Computer Science for demos and activities. A big thank you goes out to Rachel Stark, Jenny Burke, Dr. Laura Chasmer and Dr. Jackie Rice for making this possible!

The All Girls STEM Day is organized by a wonderful team of enthusiastic women at the City of Lethbridge and staff at Destination Exploration. It is their goal to share their passion for STEM with young women in our community and to encourage continued participation in science as they grow. The event is also made possible by our wonderful volunteers who help organize, keep participants engaged and act as great women in STEM ambassadors.

When: Monday, April 24, 2017 between 8:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Where:  Galt Museum & Archives and University of Lethbridge
(Note: All Girls STEM Day begins at the Galt Museum & Archives and then moves to the Alberta Water & Environmental Sciences Building for the afternoon)

Media Availability: Media are invited to attend the event during the lunch hour, scheduled for noon to 12:50 p.m. at the Galt Museum.
 
Contact(s):
Laura Keffer-Wilkes (kefferwilkesl@uleth.ca) 403-382-7121 (office) or 403-915-0651 (cell) on event day
Program Coordinator – Destination Exploration
 
Valerie Archibald (Valerie.archibald@uleth.ca) 403-382-7161
Director of Youth Outreach – Faculty of Arts & Science
 
Chelsea King (Chelsea.king@lethbridge.ca) 403-320-4273
GIS Technologist – Planning and Development Services, City of Lethbridge
 
Allyson Racz (Allyson.racz@lethbridge.ca) 403-329-7342
Waste Reduction Technician – Waste & Recycling Services, City of Lethbridge
 
ABOUT Destination Exploration:
Destination Exploration is Lethbridge’s leading youth science outreach organization. We strive to provide our participants with a positive and exciting educational experience in science, technology, engineering and math programs. We offer interactive classroom workshops, stimulating summer camps, inspiring afterschool clubs, as well as special events and science-themed birthday parties. Our programs have been growing steadily since they originated in 2002, and now reach over 4000 youth each year in Lethbridge and its surrounding areas. Please visit our website http://www.uleth.ca/destination-exploration/ for more information.
 
We are a proud network member of Actua. Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at www.actua.ca.