August 21, 2012

Outreach Programs


The WiSE Boys and Girls Club Outreach Program works with this Kingston after-school program to promote an interest in science, and an awareness of global scientific initiatives by providing activities bi-weekly within the club’s Education Centre.  Engineers Without Borders and researchers at Queen’s University also conduct activities through the education centre.  Emphasis is made on creating a stable environment for the children by maintaining a regular schedule with the same individuals.  Volunteers delve into topics the kids find interesting, instead of repeating topics included in the Ontario curriculum.

Engineering and Science Day is an event run twice a year, which introduces girls from across Ontario to science and engineering. The day is somewhat like a day conference for younger girls in the Kingston community, with a focus on exploring a variety of science and engineering related topics in an engaging way.

On WiSE Girl Guide Badge Days, Girl Guides from the Kingston area come to Queen’s campus for a day to take part in hands-on engineering and science activities, while learning about the important role women have in STEM. At the end of the day, the girls will have met their badge requirements to earn a Girl Guides badge related to science and/or engineering.

WiSE consists of a large outreach sector that aims to reach out and make a difference in the community. The High School Outreach program visits local high schools and speak to students about their potential options in Science and Engineering as post-secondary topics of study. Although the program is especially geared for girls, these presentations are helpful for boys as well and they are more than welcome to attend.

Winston Churchill Outreach Program is a program for girls in grades 4-6 at Winston Churchill elementary school. Our volunteers work with elementary students organizing science and engineering related activities and experiments during the girls lunch hours. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to mentor these young women, and promote learning about science and engineering in a fun and engaging atmosphere.