We offer science and nature exploration programs for girls and gender minorities that range in length from day-long to multi-day, overnight experiences.
Our programs feature hands-on, experiential learning in primarily outdoor settings, and explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects through activities centred around biology and wildlife conservation, environmental science and sustainability, chemistry and food science, data science and coding, and engineering.
Each program includes at least one activity where our participants get to assist local female scientists with their research projects, one coding activity, one engineering activity, and all of our programs are taught by women in science!
To achieve our mission of encouraging disadvantaged and underrepresented girls to pursue STEM careers and become environmental leaders in their own communities, our programs are highly subsidized and offered either at a free or pay-what-you-can rate.
We welcome girls and gender minorities into 3 program options:
- Junior (ages 9-12)
- Intermediate (ages 12-15)
- Advanced (ages 15-18)
Plus, our earn-your-way-back initiative encourages participants to complete a STEM or environmental leadership activity in their school or community to be able to return for another of our programs!
Our 🇨🇦 Canadian 🇨🇦 programs are currently offered in 4 communities across Nova Scotia: the Annapolis Valley, Lunenburg, Halifax, and Bon Portage Island. However, we’re always looking to expand our reach to new communities, and welcome potential collaborators or sponsors!
The bulk of our programs take place during our “Summer STEM Series” in July and August of every year, and we plan to offer weekend programs starting winter 2021. So how can you take part? Participants must be nominated for our Summer STEM Series by an adult that knows them well, and preference is given to girls who come from financially underprivileged backgrounds and/or underrepresented ethnic backgrounds (African-Canadian, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latina).
In summer 2019, we offered 6 programs in 2 streams: marine science and wildlife conservation. Our marine science stream included our Junior and Intermediate Marine Biologist programs, and our Technology and Marine Conservation program, while our wildlife conservation stream featured our Intermediate Wildlife Conservation programs, levels I and II, and our Food Science and Pollinators program.
While our 2020 Summer STEM Series had to be postponed due to Covid-19, we instead offered a series of 25 FREE online events for girls and gender minorities aged 9 – 18 from Atlantic Canada.