Young Women in Science, Technology and Trades Virtual Conference

Young Women in Science, Technology and Trades Virtual Conference

This fall, Durham College (DC) will once again host girls in Grades 7 and 8 from across Durham Region and Northumberland County for a morning of exploration and inspiration connecting them with careers in science, technology and skilled trades.

Students will attend a virtual keynote presentation and participate in hands-on workshops in their classroom, led virtually by DC faculty and employees, with the goal to help each girl better see themselves in the fields of science, technology and trades.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday, October 26 | 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Virtual platform
8:45 a.m. Join us by logging on to virtual platform
Link to be shared closer to event
9 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

Keynote speaker: Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America's Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device "Tethys"—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione” —a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and "Kindly"— an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.

She was honoured as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and "Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 38,000 students in the last two years across four continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.

10 a.m. Break sponsored by: Ontario Power Generation
10:15 a.m. Workshop #1
Students will participate in hands-on workshops led by DC faculty and employees. Example topics include: the chemistry of make-up, engineering a pasta tower and coding a Bristlebot.
11:00 a.m. Break sponsored by: General Motors of Canada
11:15 a.m. Workshop #2
Students will participate in hands-on workshops led by DC faculty and employees. Example topics include: candy chromatography, Tums attack and creating bath bombs.
Noon Closing remarks

Thank you to our conference sponsors

Sponsors.