The Girls and STEAM Symposium will feature multiple workshops hosted by our esteemed sponsor organizations and some fantastic community partners. Each workshop highlights how STEAM can be applied to our daily lives, especially in relation to how we associate with natural and urbanized environments.
During registration, each participant is asked to choose their favorite workshop from the workshops below.
Workshops to select from:
Science Communication: Explore how graphic design, scientific research, and communication work together drive to change. Using real scientific information, work with others to produce an exhibit component that engages and informs! Presented by the VANCOUVER AQUARIUM
Build a Computer with Geek Squad: Using basic computer parts (Raspberry pi, sound sensor, power board, etc.), participants will build a working computer with their own two hands! Presented by BEST BUY
Inside an Earthworm: In this workshop students dissect out the seminal vesicles of an Earthworm. Then, using a compound microscope, they hunt for a ubiquitous parasite called a monocyst. Presented by SCIENCE IN ACTION SFU
Biomedical Engineering: 3D printing and modelling is a process with important applications in many fields. Using TinkerCAD, print your own custom design as you learn the important factors of printing intricate designs, such as organs, bones and laboratory equipment models. Presented by UBC SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Infectious Disease Detectives: Working in groups, visit four interactive stations to find clues to identify the disease agent, a cure for the disease, and a strategy to minimize future outbreaks! Includes patient interviews, DNA fingerprinting, measuring effects of medicine, and strategies to prevent and protect! Presented by GENOME BC & UBC CENTRE FOR BLOOD RESEARCH
Self-driving Cars: Challenge or opportunity? With Nintendo Labo kits, girls will build and control a cardboard car, explore its self-driving capabilities, and build an understanding of how self-driving cars work. Create obstacles in order to see how your car performs! Presented by GEERING UP UBC
Neuroscience and Robots: How does our brain tell us to move and how might we program robots to move in a similar way? These hands-on activities will help you discover the science behind movement and allow you to interact with LEGO robots. Presented by DOUGLAS COLLEGE – FACULTY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Sound-Portraits: In this creative, arts + tech workshop instructed by artist Alanna Ho, students will be inspired to create a Sound-Portrait that can be shared with family and friends. We approach the physics of sound through the humanities, collecting and sorting objective and subjective data and then imbuing it with creativity and meaning. Presented by NEW MEDIA GALLERY
The Quirks of Quarks: This workshop is all about the smallest particles in the universe. Participants will learn how quarks and leptons combine to make matter via hands-on activities and puzzles. Presented by GIRLS EXPLORING PHYSICS SFU
Physical Computing Light Displays: Through the practical combination of exploring hardware and software, discover how to program an Arduino micro-controller so you can use buttons and sensors to control NeoPixel LED light strips and make interactive light displays. Involves computer science, electrical engineering, and lots of collaboration! Absolutely no prior experience in computing or electronics is needed. Presented by SYSTEMS, APPLICATIONS, AND PRODUCTS IN DATA PROCESSING (SAP)
Ms. Infinity’s Forensic Science: Reviewing various components of a crime scene investigation, participants figuratively wear the lab coats of forensic scientists and learn about topics such as manner and cause of death, trace evidence, and post-mortem interval. Hands-on with live insects, participants explore forensic entomology and the importance of an insect lifecycle in crime scene investigation. Presented by the SOCIETY FOR CANADIAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (SCWIST)
Mining Done Right: Combining multi-discipline technical knowledge with leading engineering design results in tailings dams that are resilient and protect people, communities and the environment. Participants will be introduced to the life cycle of a mine tailings dam using hands-on activities such as dam building, dam integrity monitoring, 3D slope scanning, and AR visualization using the HoloLens! Presented by BGC ENGINEERING INC. (BGC)
In addition to participating in hands-on workshops, each attendee will also participate in a mentorship café. This session is held in collaboration with Open Science Network, a STEAM community partner. At the mentorship café, girls will have the opportunity to personally speak and learn from female professionals in a wide range of STEAM careers.