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Girls and STEAM virtual symposium set for Saturday

Calling all future scientists, inventors, and innovators aged 11-13 – if you love all things Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math (STEAM), then you’ll want to be involved in the Girls and STEAM 2020 Virtual Symposium.

Join Science World on Saturday, November 7, for this free virtual event. The symposium will be an action-packed day of workshops, mentorship, and keynote speakers from real professionals who are making incredible contributions to the world of science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math (STEAM). For some exciting local content, The Exploration Place’s Assistant Director Lisa Connor and Public Programming Coordinator Christie Mason will be among the mentors helping to inspire and guide tomorrow’s scientists. Tech Up Facilitator Jaclyn Baxter will be facilitating post-conference coding-based workshops that will be available to all participants.

This year’s opening keynote speaker is the one and only superhero and world-famous nerd, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. The event will wrap up with a closing keynote from one of Canada’s most influential nerds in ocean conservation, marine biologist Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki. In addition to the mentorship sessions and exciting speakers, the day will be rounded out with two in-depth workshops presented by the BCIT School of Construction and the Environment and Genome BC. Explore the many sub-disciplines that go into building major infrastructure projects, and have a chance to solve a simulated outbreak scenario using the same types of data and tools that real epidemiologists use to trace outbreaks like COVID-19.

“When Science World approached us about this year’s event, our team was excited that it would be accessible to children virtually across our province,” said Lisa Connor, Assistant Director. “We have a great relationship with our colleagues at Science World and really enjoy working together and being a part of projects like this.

“I’m really excited we are a part of this event and for the keynotes. I’ve heard the mentor breakout rooms are filling up. There is still space to participate in keynote presentations and workshops.”

This event is FREE to all children aged 11-13. For more information and to register, visit https://www.scienceworld.ca/event/girlsandsteam2020/

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