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TDSB’s first Girls STEM Conference held at John Polanyi CI

TDSB’s first Girls STEM Conference held at John Polanyi CI

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

 “You’re brave, and brilliant and oh-so resilient.” That was the message shared by keynote speaker, Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University to conference delegates at Metamorphosis 2017, the TDSB’s first Girls STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Conference hosted by John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI) on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017. More than 300 Grade 7 and 8 girls from 20 TDSB middle schools all over the city gathered to take part in an inspiring day of tinkering, thinking and talking STEM with students and professionals from diverse sectors of STEM. 

The conference was sponsored and supported by more than 20 STEM-based organizations, offering students 15 different hands-on workshops in STEM, and opportunities to connect with women in STEM fields through panel discussions and interactive exhibitor displays. The conference featured diverse speakers in STEM fields, as well as guest presentations by the Honourable Deborah Matthews, MPP, Deputy Premier of Ontario, and the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, MPP, Minister of Education. The event even received recognition in a twitter shout-out from the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, MP, Minster of Science, who was unable to attend the conference. 

“We cannot thank our amazing and generous supporters enough for making the first Metamorphosis Girls STEM Conference such a huge success,” said Nicole Anthony, conference co-chair and secondary science teacher at JPCI. “If we are teaching students STEM skills to solve the complex problems of the present and future, we need all minds involved,” Anthony noted. 

Anthony and co-chair teaching colleague Vernon Kee set out to plan and organize the conference in the early fall of 2016. The mission of the conference from the outset was to encourage grade 7 and 8 girls to build and sustain their interests in STEM. “There’s a real need to support and inspire girls in all the various fields of STEM,” said Kee.

Anthony agreed, adding that the conference is expected to become an annual event. “With all the positive feedback pouring in from conference attendees, we know that this event is valued and we are excited for the 2018 event, which is going to be even bigger and better!”

To find out more about the 2017 conference, visit the Metamorphosis web site, or sign up for the Metamorphosis Girls STEM conference newsletter to receive instant updates and announcements on conference news and #MORPH2018. You can also follow the Metamorphosis Girls STEM Conference on twitter.  

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