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We are proud to announce our first Symbiosis event—the inaugural Girls and STEAM Symposium and Showcase—which marks the official launch of the Symbiosis initiative!
Girls and STEAM is a community showcase featuring a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics) professionals who will highlight opportunities for youth and provide career support. They will be joined by more than 300 girls, ages 12–14, from around the province, who will be able to meet new mentors, be inspired by potential career pathways and hear a keynote presentation by 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 inventor, Ann Makosinski. The girls will also participate in workshops to learn how to think like forensic scientists, discover the powers of visual effects and explore the basics of computer programming.
Research shows that one of the most powerful indicators of whether or not a girl or young woman will enter a science-related field is seeing a role model who “looks like her.” That is exactly why this event was created. During this day-long symposium, girls will hear inspiring speeches from STEAM leaders, attend workshops presented by industry professionals and have the opportunity to form life-long mentor relationships.
In addition to the symposium, Science World will be hosting the official launch of Symbiosis, featuring an opening keynote speech by Science World President and CEO, Dr Scott Sampson, and the Honourable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.
Girls and STEAM represents one of the ways that Symbiosis can connect youth with mentors and resources. This event is the beginning of a new type of STEAM education in the province of British Columbia where, collectively, organizations and educators can create new opportunities to ensure that every young mind in the province has the opportunity fulfill their dreams.
We would like to extend a huge thanks to each and every mentor who will be participating in the Girls and STEAM event, along with our showcase exhibitors:
For more, visit: www.scienceworld.ca/girls-steam
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We're currently accepting applications for Symbiosis Project Leader.
Our ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and relationship development skill sets together with a deep passion for working with a range of organizations—including K-12 schools, universities, corporations, and non-profits—to advance science learning and education. The role requires someone who is confident and adaptive, who has a growth mindset and is comfortable and flexible with change. We seek an individual with strong abilities in developing and carrying out plans and projects, while at the same time being highly collaborative and collegial, engaging diverse stakeholders from across the province as well as from within the Science World organization.
Click here for more details or to apply. Deadline for applications is Friday, July 13.
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The STAN (Science & Technology Awareness Network) Conference is coming to TELUS World of Science on April 11th and 12th!
To meet the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world, the next generation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics) leaders and innovators must harness the full spectrum of available resources. Only through collaboration across cultures, disciplines, sectors, regions and gender can we collectively support skill development for all Canadians. The 2018 STAN Conference will explore how STEAM teaching and learning is evolving and emphasize the importance of collaboration. Click here for more information and to register.
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Thanks to everyone who attended the Symbiosis design studios (hosted in Vancouver and Prince George) last week!
We are now refining the design principles and aspiration statements for Symbiosis. As we aim to continually bring new organizations and individuals into the network, we are also working on a on-boarding package for people new to the learning ecosystem.
Symbiosis garnered some screen time on CKPG. Click here to see the story.
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Last September, we hosted design studios in Vancouver and Prince George to start collaboratively building Symbiosis. Community members and stakeholders worked together to draft design principles and aspiration statements for Symbiosis.
Since then, we've firmed up our vision, developed this website, and now it's time to think about how we'll accomplish the next steps in developing Symbiosis. To this end, we're hosting a second round of design studios in the first week of March to re-connect with partners and consider the structure for Symbiosis.
At these design studios, we'll be asking participants to form action groups so that we can continue work on Symbiosis. If you are interested in attending the upcoming design studios, please follow the links below to RSVP.
The Vancouver design studio will be held on March 6.
The design studio in Prince George will be held on March 8.