STEMfest 2015 – Saskatoon, Canada

Although 2015 has only just started, planning ahead is always a good thing.Especially when you are planning a festival to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and...you're expecting 1200 delegates from 55 different countries, including 13 international conference within the same week(14th International Conference on Clean Energy 2015 9th Global Conference on Power Control and Optimisation3rd Safety Conference: World Conference on Safety in Science, Industry and Education8th International Conference on Crop Science1st STEMfest Space and Astronomy…

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(Em)Powered by Girls!

Today I heard a catchy tune on the radio.It was "Anything" by Hedley. I really liked how it made me feel that "I can do anything!"But lets be real. Do we all feel like we can do anything? Do we always brush away the roles and expectations installed on us by society?I always remind myself that my two girls grow up in a society that puts lots of barriers for women to choose their profession.…

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The 23rd IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Education

A week ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 23rd IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Education. And it was indeed a treat.I got to wear 3 hats for one week!I gave a talk about my teaching experience as a Ph.D. student at UofT, being a lab demonstrator.I gave 2 talks about Pueblo Science. One, sharing the work we do in Toronto and the GTA. The second, about the work we do in the Philippines.And…

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Supporting girls through their exploration of science interest

I just saw Verizon's ad last night. If you haven't, check it out:( from last night until this morning a few more 100,000's views were added!!!!)The message is clear. Our words have an impact on our daughters' choices. It shapes the way the perceive themselves, the way they navigate themselves through life.We should all do our best to nurture the interest of our children (both girls AND boys). To listen to them, to support them…

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Being Philosophical, Doctor ?

I finally made it.After 6 years in the works I finally graduated and am now a Doctor of Philosophy.And what better way to celebrate than being a bit (or maybe more than a bit) philosophical about science.As a chemist, quantum mechanics is a fundamental building block, and as such Schrödinger's name comes up quite often. But many people who did not study quantum mechanics have still heard the name Schrödinger thanks to a thought experiment which…

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STEM outreach opportunities

Let's assume you are a scientist in Ontario, Canada.Let's also assume that you think/believe/feel/know that STEM outreach is important and you wish to do something about.What should you do? Where shall you go? Whom can you work/volunteer with?If you're looking the answers to any of the questions above, I hope the list below can help you find some opportunities for some great outreaching. The list is in no particular order, and I can't say I…

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Science Fair at the Science Camp

Wow, it is sooooo hot and humid these days in Toronto.And like every summer, Toronto is bustling with tourists.But more than that, Toronto is a popular place for people from all over the world to come and improve their English skills, while soaking up sun and sites of this gorgeous place.How does that have anything to do with science?Well, as it happens, this last Saturday, as part of the Pueblo Science experience, we held a…

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