Join us on November 3 for a day of unique workshops, amazing keynote speakers, and opportunities to connect with STEAM mentors. The Girls and STEAM Symposium is free, but registration is required.

During the Girls and STEAM Symposium, participants will learn how to think like a forensic scientist, discover the mind-blowing powers of visual effects, and explore the basics of programming, among many other captivating experiences! All participants will receive lunch and snacks, and take home some awesome Girls and STEAM swag and accessories at the end of the day.


Schedule of Events

8:00amRegistration and Breakfast
9:00amSymposium Opening in the OMNIMAX® Theatre
9:30amKeynote Address
10:00amProclamation of Women and Girls in STEM Week
10:30amBreak/Team Meetup 
10:45amWorkshop Session
12:45pmWorkshop Session
2:00pmWorkshop Session
3:15pmClosing Panel in the OMNIMAX® Theatre
3:30pmTELUS Wise Parent Workshop in the Science Theatre
4:30pmSymposium closed, girls picked up at designated locations



The Girls and STEAM Symposium will feature multiple workshops hosted by our esteemed sponsor organizations and some fantastic community partners. 

During registration, each participant is asked to complete the following thought: “I am…”  

They will then be placed into workshops based on their responses!


  • Open Science Network: Mentoring Café (Nature-focused) is an opportunity for you to meet STEAM professionals that are sure to inspire. Hear about their work and how they got where they are. This is a fast-paced workshop that has you meeting lots of new people. Come with your question and be ready to hear about jobs you may not have known even existed!
  • SAP Canada: Learn the basics of Practical Computing by programming an Arduino micro-controller to control colourful Neopixel light strips. You will learn the basic of Arduino programming using the Processing language while you create multi-colour light patterns and even play games on the Neopixel light strips. 


  • You wil be assigned one of these two workshops:
    • Let’s Talk Science, Simon Fraser University: In this Forensic Science workshop, you will have a chance to analyze fingerprints, handwriting, chemicals, and perform chromatography. Forensic scientists use knowledge from many different fields like biology and psychology to piece together clues. When it comes to deciding which clues matter most you have to be able to judge the value of your information. 
    • Genome BC and Centre for Blood Research: A mystery unfolds which requires an understanding of blood & DNA to solve the crime. 
  • Open Science Network: Mentoring Café (Build-focused): The Mentoring Cafe is an opportunity for you to meet STEAM professionals that are sure to inspire. Hear about their work and how they got where they are. This is a fast-paced workshop that has you meeting lots of new people. Come with your question and be ready to hear about jobs you may not have known even existed!  


  • You wil be assigned one of these two workshops:
    • BGC Engineering Inc.: A sustainable future depends on an understanding of our Earth's resources. Dive into applied earth sciences and see what it takes to make a dam, prevent geohazards, and control groundwater at three hands-on stations. Work alongside female engineers from BGC Engineering to see what their jobs are like. 
    • Girls Exploring Physics: Explore the light energy that comes from our own star, the Sun! See how we can use the energy emitted to look for planets that are incredibly far away. You will build your own spectrometer to analyze different types of light sources down here on Earth. 
  • Best Buy: Get a jump on coding in a galaxy far, far away! This Geek Squad Academy class will teach you the basics of block programming through an interstellar Star Wars coding activity. Then test your skills by programming our BB-8 droids to overcome a series of challenges.


  • You wil be assigned one of these two workshops:
    • Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), University of British Columbia: During the workshop, we will take a short climate change tour, get a chance to test your skills and learn about signs of climate change. It will include suggestions on how to better engage with your neighbourhood, and ways to map and envision your community's green future!  
    • Geering Up, University of British Columbia: Understanding the natural world can sometimes mean creating tools to measure the things we are interested in. With seasons of heavy rain and drought monitoring rainfall is important. Using visual “block” programming in Scratch, you will write simple programs then build physical interfaces using Makey Makey to detect the next rainfall!  
  • DNEG: Work with your friends to create your own visual effects for a computer-generated (CG) wolf with the help of a motion capture artist in real-time on Science World's own Science Theatre screen. Learn how DNEG, an Oscar-winning visual effects company, creates stunning visual effects and animation for major feature films..



Ann Makosinki
Keynote Speaker

Ann Makosinski is a 21-year-old student inventor and speaker. Her first toy was a box of transistors and from there her passion for inventing grew. She competed in 10 science fairs during her middle and high school years. When Ann was 15, her friend in the Philippines had failed her grade in school, because she couldn’t afford electricity, and had no light to study with at night. Inspired by her friend’s problem, Ann invented the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand. A couple of years later, Ann also invented the eDrink, a coffee mug that harvests the excess heat from your hot drink and converts it into electricity that can eventually give your phone a boost of energy. Ann has been named as one of the 30 Under 30 in both Time and Forbes magazines and regularly gives international keynote talks. Ann is currently developing a couple TV shows with a major studio, as well as writing a travel book. She attends university in Victoria and lives with her cat Houdini.

Cybele Negris, Webnames
Closing Panel

Cybele Negris is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned board member, speaker, mentor and columnist. Cybele is CEO & Co-Founder of, Canada’s original .CA Registrar and accredited registrar for hundreds of domain extensions as well as provider of webhosting, email and web development and many other services. The multi-million dollar company has been a leader in this space since 2000 and has an impressive client list including many Fortune 500 companies. She’s a four-time winner and Hall of Fame Inductee of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, was named BC Business Most Influential Women in Business 2018, 2017 and 2015, honoured with Business In Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Award as well as Top 40 Under 40 winner and nine-time winner of PROFIT W100.

Suzanne Gildert,
Closing Panel

Suzanne is co-founder of Sanctuary AI, a company with a mission to build synthetic humans – “synths” – that are indistinguishable from us physically, cognitively and emotionally. Sanctuary is structured to explore both cutting edge technology and the ethical issues that arise from creating human-like machines. Prior to Sanctuary, Suzanne founded Kindred Inc., an artificial intelligence and robotics company. She hand built over 30 robots to demonstrate Kindred’s core technology concept of human robot tele-operation for reinforcement learning. Suzanne holds a PhD in Physics and Electronics from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Natalie Cartwright, Finn AI
Closing Panel

Natalie Cartwright, co-founder of Finn AI, is an innovator in the world of financial technology. Working alongside global tier banks and credit unions, her company empowers financial institutions to build better consumer relationships by providing AI-powered personal banking assistants. Regularly found featured in the likes of USA Today, American Banker and Bloomberg, Natalie is a leader in voicing the ethical impacts of artificial intelligence, as well as the potential of technology to improve financial well-being. Prior to founding Finn AI, Natalie worked at the Global Fund in Geneva managing a USD $250 million health investment portfolio. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Will the girls be chaperoned?

All symposium participants will be divided into groups of 25 girls, based on the workshop stream that each girl has selected. Each group will have 2 chaperones.

If you have an emergency on the day of the event and need to reach your daughter, please call 604.443.7556.

What should they bring?

To reduce plastic waste, we ask that each participant bring a refillable water bottle to use throughout the day. Each girl will receive a lanyard with their name and group colour, an event T-shirt and a cinch sack with nut-free snacks. They will also be provided with a continental breakfast and a lunch. There will be an area for jackets and bags; however, we strongly encourage the girls to leave any valuables at home. There will be no coat check.

How does check-in and pickup work?

Check-in is between 7:45am and 8:30am. Please park in the Science World public lot. Parking will be free until 9am. Please enter through the main doors of Science World. Check-in will be by last name. Parents must accompany and sign in their daughters.

In order to make the pickup process as easy as possible, parents will be asked to meet their daughters in a designated lab space inside Science World. You will be receiving an email with a summary of the day’s events, as well as check-in and pickup instructions. We will provide detailed maps at the time of check-in that will identify the pickup location. Please note parking limited and will not be free at this time.

Should you wish for your child to sign themselves out at the end of the event, a signed permission form must be completed at the time of check-in.

Do I need to pack a lunch?

No. Lunch will be provided. The day will begin with a light continental breakfast. Girls will be provided with nut-free snacks during the day. Any special dietary requests must be noted at time of registration. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own lunch. There will not be time to buy a lunch. 

What will the girls be doing?

The girls will have a fun-filled day of hands-on STEAM activities, along with inspiring keynote addresses from accomplished women in STEAM. For a more detailed look at the day, visit the Symposium schedule

If I have any questions, who should I contact?

For general event information, please visit the Girls and STEAM webpage or call 604.443.7489.