August 21, 2012

Outreach Programs

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 bi-weekly activities within the club’s Education Centre. Emphasis is made on creating a stable environment for the children by maintaining a regular schedule with the same individuals. WiSE volunteers aim to spark the interest of the children in science and engineering fields by discussing topics of interest in an interactive atmosphere – we aim to make science fun!

WiSE’s Engineering and Science Day is a biannual event where young girls from the community are invited to Queen’s campus to engage in science and engineering activities and learn about the possibilities in these fields. These events often include partnerships with robotics and design teams and involve hands on experiments.

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!

In the High School Outreach program, volunteers visit local high schools and speak to older students of all genders about their potential options in Science and Engineering as post-secondary topics of study. These presentations allow students to receive advice and guidance from Queen’s Students and encourage them to ask questions about STEM and post-secondary education.

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