Did you know that the mathematician who calculated the trajectories for NASA's Apollo 11 flight to the Moon was an African-American woman? Her name is Katherine Johnson. Thanks to the movie Hidden Figures, her story, and that of two other brilliant African-American women, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, is finally being told.
Dr. Emily Agard is a leader in science outreach at Ryerson University, serving as the university’s first Director of Science Communication, Outreach and Public Engagement. She is focused on making science accessible, engaging and inclusive of all groups and is mentor to many youth in the community. Dr. Agard regularly facilitates science enrichment activities and mentoring programs for elementary and secondary students. She’s also an advocate of girls and women in science. Follow her on Twitter @ProfAgard.
In Canada, women remain underrepresented in the STEM fields, making up 22 per cent of the STEM workforce. Women earn nearly half of the bachelor's degrees in science but only a third of the PhDs. They are also underpaid, with a 7.5 per cent wage gap.
12/06/2016 07:56 EST
Sometimes having a mentor can make all the difference in choosing a career path or field of study. Mentoring youth has positive impact on their development and academic achievement. Mentoring is also critical in helping youth explore and develop their interest in the fields of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math.
09/08/2016 11:40 EDT
From our well-being and health care to the products we use to our impact on the environment, we make countless science-based decisions everyday. As renowned chemist Rosalind Franklin once said, "Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated."
05/06/2016 11:28 EDT
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