SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

May 02, 2016 13:30 ET

Media Advisory: Girls discover the wonders of information technology

Explore IT encourages girls to consider STEM careers through interactive workshops

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - May 02, 2016) -  More than 700 girls from Grade 9 classes around Calgary will receive hands-on experience in the world of science, engineering and information technology at the University of Calgary, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Mount Royal University.

The 17th annual Explore IT event is an interactive conference for grade nine girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through interactive workshops, information sharing and keynote speakers, young women are given a sneak peek into the tantalizing world of high tech on all three campuses.

Explore IT -- engaging Grade 9 girls in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Wednesday, May 4, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

ICT 2nd Floor labs, Build Your Own Google Car and other design workshops
Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary
Follow signs from the main floor

Grade 9 students and Qiao Sun, associate dean (diversity and equity), Schulich School of Engineering

The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is a global leader in applied education, driven by enterprising collaborations with people and partners from around the world. Action-based learning in more than 100 career programs and over 1,400 part-time courses (including online and distance) empowers students to find success and build a future as entrepreneurs, leaders and community builders. SAIT's passion for excellence and clear strategic direction has resulted in recognition as one of Alberta's Top Employers and one of the top three research colleges in Canada.

Mount Royal University is one of Canada's top destinations for undergraduate studies. It offers small class sizes and personalized student services within a scholarly community renowned for academic excellence and a focus on teaching and learning. Founded in 1910, Mount Royal remains dedicated to the success of its students. Today, over 12,500 credit students take a variety of programs and courses including bachelor's degrees and diplomas. More than 85,000 Mount Royal alumni are contributing to their communities world-wide.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts

    University of Calgary
    Lisha Hassanali
    Media Relations Officer
    Cell: 403-463-4336

    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
    Melanie Simmons
    Public Relations Specialist
    Direct: 403.284.8473

    Mount Royal University
    Bryan Weismiller
    Communications Officer, Media Relations
    Phone: 403.440.6460
    Cell: 403.463.6930