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Indigenous Outreach at McMaster University

As part of the CWSE-ON Partners Program, the Ontario Chair for Women in Science and Engineering contributed to the Indigenous Youth March Break Camp on Six Nations as well as the Indigenous Youth STEM Conference at McMaster University. Both events were initiatives from the Faculty of Engineering’s Venture Engineering & Science at McMaster University.
Indigenous Youth March Break Camp on Six Nations

This weeklong event, held from March 12 to March 16, in Ohsweken, Ontario allowed students from grade four to eight from the Six Nations of the Grand River community to experience at no cost a plethora of science and tech activities, from robotics and coding to chemistry experiments! The programming also included Indigenous knowledge, and an Elder from the Six Nations of the Grand River community led the Opening and Closing.

Indigenous Youth STEM Conference at McMaster University

The annual Indigenous Youth STEM Conference was held on May 16 and 17, bringing together teachers, parents and 237 students to participate to the conference. The students took part in many STEM workshops and activities. 14 classes from Six Nations of the Grand River elementary schools were present. This year, students were given the opportunity to develop their digital skills, working on robots as well as a design assignment involving circuits.

A panel was held on the conference’s final day, where students could interact with McMaster Indigenous alumni pursuing STEM Careers, the majority of which were women.

Visit https://youthprograms.eng.mcmaster.ca/outreach for more information on the Indigenous Youth March Break Camp and Indigenous Youth STEM Conference at McMaster University.

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