Women & Girls in STEM

February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science so this month we’re Celebrating women in STEM! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Check out this release of the SOI Bridge to hear from people who identify as women about their experiences in fields such as biochemical and civil engineering, botany and oceanology. Don’t miss special guest Anousheh Ansari, serial entrepreneur and CEO of the XPRIZE who captured headlines as the first female private space explorer!
Roslyn Bern, President of the Leacross Foundation, sat down with three young women who are studying and working in STEM fields. They discuss their secrets to success, where they hope to go, and barriers to women succeeding in their fields. Watch now to hear more from Michaela Hammond, biomedical engineering student, Hannah Weider who is studying computer science, and Cassandra Elphinstone who is a graduate student studying Arctic plant genomics.
You live in a small town where the drinking water has become contaminated. In your town, most homes and businesses have their own private wells. By performing lab tests on the groundwater, it is discovered that it is contaminated with a fuel that is stored by three companies. 

Will you be able to discover who is the culprit? This challenging activity was created by Arctic 2017 alum and Civil Engineering student Hannah Groenwegen!
Hear from the First Female Private Space Explorer Anousheh Ansari! Anousheh is an entrepreneur and CEO of the XPRIZE who captured headlines in 2006 with her 11-day space expedition. Anousheh will be joined by SOI alum, engineer, business strategist and space enthusiast Zareen Cheema. Together, they will discuss their experiences as women in their field, Anousheh's career path and journey to space, and advice for young women interested in STEM.
Have you ever wondered about how Indigenous knowledge is integrated into science-based research? 
Enooyaq Sudlovenick and Kathleen Matari are two Inuk women who are making a mark in the scientific world! Tune in to learn about their experiences and the importance of Indigenous-led research!

Coming soon

SOI Staff Pick: Ann Makosinski Inspiring with Inventions

Ann, Canada C3 Leg 9 alum, is a 22-year-old inventor and international speaker. At the age of 15, she was inspired by her friend’s problem in the Philippines of having no electricity or light to study with. Ann invented the hollow flashlight — a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand. She also invented the eDrink, and has more inventions in the works. Watch here!

Alumni Making Waves: Mariana Hill Cruz

With a legacy of community service and scientific research in her wake, Arctic 2008 alum, Mariana Hill Cruz is surging forward towards international impact via cutting edge scientific research and engagement. She currently works at a world-wide leading institute of marine research, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, where she does research in Marine Biogeochemical and Ecosystem Modelling. Read more here!

What's on Deck!

A good story can be incredibly powerful in changing hearts, minds and the world. Our next issue of the SOI Bridge will dive into the power of storytelling. Join us to learn how different forms of storytelling can help get messages across on key issues. We will cover traditional storytelling, film making, a workshop on how to market your personal story, and more!

Did you know?

Did you know that the STEM acronym is often adapted to include an A making it STEAM!
The A represents the arts. At SOI we celebrate people in all fields and interests. We know that art and creative thinking plays a critical role in celebrating culture, innovating new ideas and adding an important balance to a very STEM-focused world.
On release 9 of The Bridge, we did an entire newsletter focused on Arts & Culture. Check out the website to see past content, including Annie Petaulassie’s sewing workshop here.
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