Access for Girls
Bilyana says, is especially important for girls.
“I have a lot of anger,” she says, though her voice is soft, “about how we dissuade girls from a tremendously young age from pursuing science.”
friends,” says Alan. “Progressive people. They’ll give our son an engineering
toy and our daughter a hairbrush.”
In addition to donating money, Bilyana volunteers for Science World, going into schools and introducing grade ones and twos to coding and robotics.
"By the time they get to high school, a lot of girls have already moved too far away from the sciences to be able to turn it into a career," says Bilyana.
"What Science World does, and the way it does it--the mix of genders and backgrounds in science facilitators very early on in kids’ education--is a part of the solution.”
A Silver Lining
Recently, BC’s Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced she is cautiously optimistic. There is hope that our efforts are paying off, that we are protecting our neighbours across the province.
It is a wonderful feeling,
this hope. Though the consequences of social distancing are real and major,
they are worth it for the greater good.
Several days ago, Bilyana’s brother in the UK fell ill with COVID-19-like symptoms. As a frontline healthcare worker, his fever and shortness of breath were cause for alarm, but they are improving. He seems to be recovering.
Still, Bilyana worries.
In the evenings at 7pm, she and everyone in her neighbourhood have been standing outside to join in the applause for the people like her brother, and for all those risking their health so that together we can flatten the curve and save lives.
“Social distancing is our best bet," Bilyana says. "And an appreciation for what people on the frontlines are doing for all of us is essential.”
“The thank-you clap is a massive highlight every night. A silver lining during this difficult time.”
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Science World's closure has eliminated our main revenue stream and is a financial crisis for us as a charity. Please donate today so that we can continue igniting wonder and empowering dreams for all learners in BC.