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Calling all junior high girls! Ag Campus hosts Girls Get Wise

Posted by Faculty of Agriculture on February 27, 2015 in Community Highlights

On Saturday, March 7, the Faculty of Agriculture will be hosting Girls Get Wise — an interactive workshop introducing science to girls from grades 7-9 in a hands-on way. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Dal AC campus in Truro, the workshop will cover topics such as analytical chemistry, genetics, marine biology and more.

Facilitated by Assistant Professor Sarah Stewart-Clark, the day will be broken into two scientific activities for girls to try: a crustacean health lab and an essential oil extraction from a lemon. The day will end with the opportunity to meet 12 different female scientists who can answer questions and talk to the girls about their potential career choices in science.

Dr. Stewart-Clark helps organize group of female graduate students called Female Leaders in Academia, which provides support and inspiration for female graduate students to expand their careers in science. The event was inspired by the group’s desire to reach out to the community and to inspire young girls to consider science as a career choice.

To sign up a student, e-mail for a registration form. Once the registration formed is returned, the spot will be reserved. There is a $10 registration fee that includes lunch. Interested girls are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as space is limited due to the size limitations of laboratories the girls will be working in.

 Registration and welcoming remarks will take place in Jenkins Hall starting at 10 a.m. and all activities will take place in the Haley Institute of Animal Science and Aquaculture.