Here at Terranaut Club…
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 one of our programs!
Our 🇨🇦 Canadian 🇨🇦 in-person 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. Since we had to postpone our in-person 2020 Summer STEM Series programs due to Covid-19, we instead developed a series of online STEM events so that we can still engage with our amazing participants! Our “Online Summer Series” was hosted on Zoom in July and August, and consisted of FREE workshops, deep dives, career seminars, and reunions for girls and gender minorities aged 9 – 18 who reside in Atlantic Canada. Learn more about our online events here.
So how can you take part? Participants must be nominated for our in-person 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).