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Mayor launches new pilot program to inspire Grade 7 girls

Posted on Monday December 18, 2017

(Waterloo, Ont. – December 18, 2017) Mayor Dave Jaworsky is launching a pilot for Grade 7 girls interested in science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics – STEAM. The half-day session originated as an idea between the Mayor and his spouse Jan Jaworsky, both University of Waterloo mathematics graduates.

“Statistics have shown that fewer girls pursue studies and eventually careers in math and engineering in particular than boys do. We need to break down any barriers and perceptions and show girls that if this is something they excel in and are interested in, they can pursue it,” said Mayor Jaworsky. “The goal is to create a handful of Grade 7 STEAM ambassadors in every school in Waterloo, so they can inspire other girls in the upcoming year to choose academic-level math and science for high school studies. Quite simply: math is fun. It just seems to be a well-kept secret.”

Fifty female role models who have embarked on a career in one of the “STEAM” disciplines will participate in the session on January 20. Along with small group discussions, attendees will participate in hands-on games, activities and experiments. The Mayor will also moderate an all-female panel discussion in which STEAM professionals talk about their academic passions and their career achievements. A question and answer session will follow. As this is a pilot project, the city will work with schools in the City of Waterloo to invite 100 Grade 7 girls to this inaugural event.

“It’s so important that we encourage and nurture young girls who have an aptitude and passion for science and mathematics to follow through on their studies through high school and beyond. The hope is that through this event we can inspire 100 young Waterloo youth to follow a rewarding academic path,” added Mayor Jaworsky.

Following the workshop, its value and effectiveness will be reviewed to determine how it can be improved in future years.

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Media contact:
Tony Iavarone
Director of Communications
519-747-8513
tony.iavarone@waterloo.ca