Science all about women

Women in science will be front and centre next week at the Okanagan Science Centre.

The OSC will be hosting its first Take Your Daughter to the Science Centre Day to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“The Science Centre wants to recognize the contribution of women in science and encourage young girls to consider a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields,” said Jim Swingle, executive director of the Okanagan Science Centre.

The event will be on Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Polson Park centre.

Vicki Topping of MQN Architects, Leigh Sindlinger of Kal Tire and Jennifer Miles of the North Okanagan Regional District will all be leading activities for children and families.

There will be other activities in the science centre galleries and signage highlighting the contributions of women in science. Admission is free for all children and their caregivers.

“Women are under-represented in the sciences. One key step in addressing that imbalance is to make sure that young girls can identify with being scientists,” said Swingle. “We want to give young girls the inspiration that comes when something suddenly seems like something that ‘people just like me’ do.” Swingle said by highlighting the contributions of women in science, and by having local women in STEM fields meeting with children and leading activities, the Okanagan Science Centre wants to encourage that identification.

The Okanagan Science Centre is a charitable non-profit organization. It has been inspiring kids and families with hands-on scientific exhibits, programs, and camps for more than 25 years

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