A Unique Approach to Fostering STEM Appreciation
Insight Let’s Talk Science is promoting the positive representation of women in STEM. This is how they're trying to make the sciences more inclusive.
Today, about 22 percent of those working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are female. Over the past 25 years, Let’s Talk Science has progressively seen a change of inclusivity in the sciences and is working towards ensuring that percentage continues to grow in the future.
“We have 3,500 volunteers across Canada, 65 percent of whom are women. They are students, teachers, and industry professionals who are helping to change perceptions about the sciences,” says Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science.
Let’s Talk Science volunteers visit classrooms across the country, providing a positive representation of women in science, and are excellent role models for all students. “The issues we face in our world today will be solved in large part through STEM-based innovation,” says Dr. Schmidt. “That’s why we are showing the relevance of the sciences beyond the school environment — young people see this from our volunteers.”
Overall, students are seeking meaningful relationships that support their learning and help them explore career options. Last year, more than 1,000 Canadian youth took part in Canada 2067, a national initiative to shape the future of STEM learning. When asked to imagine a team of mentors, students talked about wanting to be supported by kind, understanding, non-judgmental peers or adults who have ample time for them online or in person.
Share your expertise in STEM
Society needs more real-life examples for students to see themselves in different STEM roles. Let’s Talk Science is looking for industry professionals — women and men — to share their expertise with youth across Canada and inspire them towards STEM studies and career options.
As volunteers, experts share their knowledge, inspire, and engage students. “It’s incredible to see our volunteers give back and to share the importance of science and how it impacts our daily lives,” Dr. Schmidt says. “We’re always looking for more.”
Explore ways that you can be a role model in your own community, as part of the Let’s Talk Science team.