STEM GYRLS Mini-Con!
Lone Wolf Technologies recently participated in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) GYRLS mini-conference in Cambridge, Ontario, hosted by the local YWCA. Represented by Cassie Shan from Development, Claire Murphy from Support, and Christina Rau from Human Resources, Lone Wolf was able to help young girls explore various career paths connected to STEM education.
The Lone Wolf team planned an interactive activity that used code to play music out of a speaker. With some direction, the girls were able to make small adjustments to the code to change the sound of the music that came from the speakers. Engaging with technology that most children interact with on a daily basis (music), helped show that a STEM background can lead to diverse career opportunities.
Girls won't be what they don't see, that is our unofficial motto here at YWCA Cambridge's 'The W'. The STEM GYRLS Mini-Con is one part science fair, one part career day; women working within science, tech, engineering and math fields and companies come together for a great cause—to inspire girls to reach for the stars, or microscope, or calculator, or whatever it is they want to reach for!
Lone Wolf’s Cassie Shan shared,
“When we asked children to modify the code themselves, the boys were more willing to jump right in while the girls were shyer about taking action. This type of event helps girls build confidence and be more adventurous.”
The mini-con was attended by a handful of local tech companies, including the University of Waterloo, Kik, InkSmith, Vehikl, TheMUSEUM, NSF, Thalmic Labs and rebee. Lone Wolf is honoured to be included in this list, and happy to do our part to inspire a new generation of girls to pursue STEM!