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Calling all Nova Scotia students in grades 6-12: the application process is now open for the Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence! This is a great opportunity to help make your business idea a reality. Application deadline is February 28th, 2019. Learn more at: novascotia.ca/entrepreneuraward. Read More.
Meet Techsploration team role model, Krista Taverner, P. Eng., in our latest role model profile! The coolest part of Krista’s job? Making a difference in her community by solving problems! We think that’s pretty cool too! Read More.
Meet Techsploration team role model, Lucie Kendell, in our latest role model profile! Lucie has a passion for geography, which led her to her current career as a GIS Business Solutions Coordinator with Halifax Water. Check out her great advice for our Techsplorers and learn about her own role models! #womeninSTEM#techsploration20 Read More.
Meet Techsploration team role model, Jennifer Gough, in our latest role model profile! Jennifer is an engineer with Nova Scotia Power Inc.! We couldn’t agree more with her advice for our Techsplorers: “Take all the math that you can in high school, and always ask lots of questions. Never close any doors.” #womeninSTEM Read More.
Save the date(s): this June we’re partnering with @WISEatlantic to host three Volunteer Recognition events! Join us to celebrate the incredible contributions of our role models, teachers, & industry supporters who donate their time to Techsploration! RSVP today to confirm your seat as space is limited. Read More.
Meet Techsploration team role model, Dr. Genevieve Weir, in our latest role model profile! Genevieve, the Director of Research at, says the coolest part of her job is “being able to see the treatments we have developed make an impact on patients!” #womeninSTEM Read More.
Techsploration is thrilled to announce our newest staff member: Margaret Davidson! Margaret joins us as our new Program Assistant. A familiar face to our community, Margaret (pictured to the left with her daughter Eden) is a Techsploration Alumna from our first-ever program year and was also the first recipient of a Techsploration Scholarship. She also […] Read More.
Cape Breton’s First Female Mayor Delivers Inspiring Speech at Port Hawkesbury Techsplorer Event We were thrilled to have Her Worship, Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, Mayor of Port Hawkesbury, speak at our 20th Annual Techsplorer Event at the NSCC Strait Area Campus. As the first female mayor in Cape Breton and a trailblazer in her own right, we […] Read More.
Meet Techsploration Team Role Model, Christina Clarke! Christina is a Development Engineer with Encana Corporation. Her advice to our Techsplorers: “Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to say yes to new opportunities!” Read More.
Meet Techsploration team role model, Holly Walters! Holly is a Quality Control-Structural Welding Inspector with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Check out our latest role model profile to learn about what inspired Holly to become a welding inspector! Read More.
Techsploration Recognized with National Award for Empowering Girls in STEM HALIFAX, March 9, 2018 – Techsploration, a Nova Scotia-based non-profit, has been named by Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) as the recipient of their 2018 Leadership Excellence Award for Empowerment. This national award honours an individual, program, organization, or company that demonstrates success in […] Read More.
We’d like to kick-off National Engineering Month with a feature on Techsploration Team Role Model, Jessica MacLean! Jessica is a Project Manager with Bird Construction and one of our amazing role models. Check out our Q&A with Jessica to see what inspired her to become a Civil Engineer! Read More.
Harbr, a Nova Scotia-based tech start-up and Techsploration’s newest sponsor, merges two industries where women are typically underrepresented: technology and construction. As such, it’s pretty meaningful and incredibly rare for an organization in either sector to commit to complete gender parity. That’s right, 50 percent of Harbr’s team are women. For Dave Kim, Harbr’s Co-founder […] Read More.
Blog Post by Kelsey Crosby, Techsploration Volunteer and Acadia University Student In case you missed the memo: Techsploration will kick-off its 20th anniversary this coming year at its annual program launch on November 24th! Among the thousands of amazing volunteers and alumnae who have participated in Techsploration programming over the past nineteen years, one […] Read More.
We know the future is bright, so let’s help it shine. Techsploration is collecting (and will be sharing) the stories of… #futuretechsplorers! Techsploration is launching a ‘Future Techsplorer’ feature series this coming fall! We’re looking for inspiring stories of girls who are changing their communities and the world for the better. Do you know the […] Read More.
Jo Napier was looking for inspiring tales of strength and intelligence to up-the-ante for her young daughter’s bedtime stories. Wanting to avoid the typical ‘damsels in distress’ fairy tales of Brothers Grimm and the likes of popular childhood cartoons like Caillou, Jo sought real stories of female leaders that would encourage her daughter to dream […] Read More.
One of our Techsploration role models was a little more than surprised when she was recognized as a movie star while exploring the streets of India during a recent vacation. You see, she is not an actress, she’s a mechanical engineer. When a little girl ran up to her and exclaimed “I know you, I’ve […] Read More.
Whether it is the determination to enter a burning building or the bravery to ask someone for help with a personal challenge, courage is an essential characteristic for anyone working in the tri-services. Courage is an important word, in particular, for Techsploration role model Andrea Speranza, Operations Captain at the Halifax Regional Fire Service. In […] Read More.
Dear Tricia, Today we celebrate International Womenâ€™s Day, an event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.â€¯Today, we also want to celebrate you and your achievements. Youâ€™ve led our organization with a vision and aim for impact, dismantling the status quo and providing a pathway for others to smash the glass […] Read More.
Techsplorationâ€™s Board of Directors is thrilled to announce to our community of students, teachers, alumnae, role models, sponsors, and volunteers that Arylene Reycraft has been selected as the organizationâ€™s new Executive Director! She takes on the Executive Director position from Techsplorationâ€™s Founder, Tricia Robertson, who is leaving the organization in the hands of the team […] Read More.
We at Techsploration are thrilled to congratulate our Past President, Laurie Edwards, who recentlyÂ received the prestigious Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development by the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) in Ottawa. The annual Award recognizes an individual or individuals who display outstanding vision and leadership in promoting and advancing career […] Read More.
Established only a few years ago, the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence (CoE) is making big waves throughout Nova Scotia. In 2011, Irving Shipbuilding was selected by the Government of Canadaâ€™s merit-based National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) to work closely with Canadaâ€™s Navy on the next class of Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) and Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship […] Read More.
Six years ago, Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, Physics Professor at Acadia University, became one of the first Techsploration role models to star in our Women in Action web video series. Since then, sheâ€™s been busy expanding her research, helping create a new graduate program, and producing her own series of introductory science videos. Barkanova has been […] Read More.
â€œEvery time I think about the most valuable thing I learned there, the answer will be different,â€ says Arylene Reycraft, Program and Fund Development Manager at Techsploration about the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference, held from March 19 â€“ 29, took place in three […] Read More.
"When the second-year calculus professor suggested I may be studying the wrong field, I wasnâ€™t dissuaded. And when I learned that male co-workers were making significantly more money than I was, I didnâ€™t settle. I had a community of champions standing behind me telling me I could do it. So I worked hard and kept moving forward." Read More.
It is with huge thanks to our sponsors and supporters that we enter into a new program year but also with celebrations for a fantastic 2015! This year we delivered over 50 events across the province, with the help of our role models, volunteers, teachers, and sponsors, If you missed them, don't worry, we've got your Techsploration year in review summary here. Read More.
I came to work at Techsploration through the Dalhousie University C3 Mentoring Program and through the generous sponsorship of Emera Inc. The C3 Mentoring Program gave me the opportunity to work for Techsploration as a non-profit organization while also having a corporate mentor through Emera. Although my official time at Techsploration is finished â€“ you havenâ€™t seen the last of me! I know that I will be volunteering with Techsploration for many years to come!â€ Read More.
Krista Lindsay shared her story with us and reminded the audience that "you have the ability to do absolutely anything you can dream of, don't let anything (even yourself) ever discourage you from reaching your dreams." Read More.
â€œIf you think of our society today, almost everything has some sort of â€˜geoâ€™ context,â€ says Lucie Kendell, Engineering Information Technician at Halifax Water and guest speaker at the Techsplorer Event at the NSCC Truro Campus. â€œHow many of you have checked-in on Facebook since you arrived in Truro? How many of you have posted […] Read More.
Black & McDonald became a Techsploration champion and sponsor near its inception 16 years ago. Providing both financial and in-kind support, Black & McDonald employees volunteer with Techsploration every year as committee members, as guest speakers, and as role models. At this yearâ€™s 16th Annual Launch, we were fortunate to have Adrian Morrison, Regional Vice […] Read More.
Formed in the fall of 2011, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE Atlantic) is a perfect fit for Techsploration with many common goals. Â The primary goal of WISE Atlantic is to encourage young women to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to consider themselves as valuable potential contributors to these […] Read More.
Striving to have the most diverse and highly skilled workforce in Nova Scotia, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625 (IBEW 625), has been a strong Techsploration supporter for nearly seven years; not only donating time and money, but sharing core values. â€œUnions and construction have been male-dominated. For men, itâ€™s always been an […] Read More.
Speaking in public can be a nerve racking experience. Many would rather jump out planes, get blood work done, or meet a tarantula than stand in front of a group of people and talk. But thatâ€™s why itâ€™s part of Techsploration. Confident public speaking is a skill that is only conquered through practice. Lots of […] Read More.
Itâ€™s been an incredible year for Techsploration. Our 15th anniversary was truly a year or reflection, evaluation and change.Â Everything we planned, from the way we communicated to how we ran our events, we asked ourselves, â€œhow can we do this even better?â€ Then, we did. Important things are created or crushed with communications, so that […] Read More.
Friday, October 18,Â was the Techsplorer Alumnae Conference; an annual one-day event for young women in grades 10 through 12 who participated in the program while in grade nine. This event provides an opportunity to meet even more women working in exciting, challenging, and in-demand science, trades and technology careers. This year, we changedÂ it up; a […] Read More.
Last November, at our Annual Strategic Visioning Session, Techsploration alumnae, staff, volunteers, and sponsors gathered to discuss what Techsploration needed to do in order to move forward and grow during our 15th year. It was decided that the most essential issue was increasing and improving our communication with sponsors and the community as a whole. […] Read More.
The 2013 Saint Maryâ€™s University and Techsploration Science Award, a $2,000 scholarship renewable on an annual basis, has beenÂ presented toÂ Samantha Brown. JoiningÂ Prince Arthur Junior High Schoolâ€™s Techsploration team in grade eight, Samantha continued the program as a senior at Dartmouth High School, attending Alumnae Conferences and continuing to learn about different careers in science, trades […] Read More.
On Friday, May 10, 2013 Anna Marenick, Human Resources Manager, at Irving Shipbuilding Inc., was a guest speaker at the Saint Mary’s University Techsplorer Event. An officer of the Techsploration Board of Directors, her passionate words were as inspiring as they wereÂ relevant; catching the attention of every ear in the room. For everyone who missed […] Read More.
March 8, 2013 is International Womenâ€™s Day; a day to celebrate and mark the economic, political and social achievements of women worldwide. Here in Nova Scotia, women have been making headway into in-demand science, trades, and technology careers. For example, Andrea MacDonald of Bridgewater is the first licensed female tug master in Nova Scotia. Andrea […] Read More.
Tuesday, February 12 was Techsplorationâ€™s Annual General Meeting; a review of the previous year and a peek at whatâ€™s to come in 2013â€”our 15th anniversary. Please read below the reportÂ presented by Laurie Edwards, President of the Techsploration Board of Directors, for her review of the yearâ€™s successes. Presidentâ€™s ReportAnnual General Meeting 2013Techsploration Society Thank you […] Read More.
Beginning in February and continuing into spring, Techsploration school teams are meeting their role models and spending a day exploring their workplace, taking a hands-on approach to learning about science, trades and technology careers. All school teams are assigned a role model; a women working in an in-demand career where women are underrepresented. This yearâ€™s […] Read More.
Youâ€™ve got it all worked out. Youâ€™ve thought hard about it, mulled the ideas in your mind, talked to your friends and family about your choices and decided on a career path that is perfect for you. Or maybe (like many, many others, rest assured), you have thought about all the options, changed your mind […] Read More.
The United Nations declared today, October 11, 2012, the first International Day of the Girl. According to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women (STAW), this day provides an opportunity for global communities to promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls and raise awareness about issues that affect young women everywhere. It […] Read More.
Not only is it a new school year, but itâ€™s also Techsplorationâ€™s 15th anniversary! Welcome back to all our Techsploration alumnae, teachers, and future Techsplorers. Weâ€™re gearing up for another year of exciting programs and events and looking forward to introducing everyone to some awesome careers in science, trades and technology. We lined-up some fantastic […] Read More.
â€œTugs are cool. Theyâ€™re powerful. Theyâ€™re maneuverable. They do cool things. Theyâ€™re crazy boats. Iâ€™m a crazy girlâ€”it fit,â€ says Andrea MacDonald about her choice to become a tug master. â€œI went for a ride and was enamoured. I thought it would be the coolest job in the world if I could drive one.â€ Already […] Read More.
Stephanie Lummis doesn’t know where her career path would have led had she not met and been inspired by a mentor very early on. “She made me feel confident that I had something to offer and unafraid to share my ideas and expertise, even though I was quite young and in a male-dominated industry.” The […] Read More.
Jennifer Jestyâ€™s list of accomplishments is long. As well as being the first aboriginal woman to become a member of the Nova Scotia Firefighterâ€™s Association, she was also the first aboriginal woman to graduate from the Center for Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jennifer is the first Canadian appointed to the International Association […] Read More.
According to Skills Canada, in the next twenty years, 40 per cent of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies. Experts at the Construction Sector Council say this means there will be over four thousand openings for tradespeople in Nova Scotia in the next decade. In 2005, the Province of Nova Scotia […] Read More.
Many students across the province are getting ready to graduate high school in the coming weeks and making plans to start college and university this fall. Two students, Bronwyn Jenkins Murray from New Germany High School, and Paige Power of the Strait Area Education Recreation Centre, were happy to receive news that they will be […] Read More.
The program year is complete: 50 events at 24 schools that reached nearly 3000 studentsâ€”245 of whom are confident young women who can now call themselves Techsploration Alumnae. Read More.
Techsploration Goes to School events provide the opportunity for young women participating in the program to practice their presentation in front of a live audience; their classmates, teachers, and role model. Read More.
Young women and their role models from across Nova Scotia will soon meet to learn from each otherâ€™s research into science, trades, technical and technology-related careers. Over the past five months, school teams (young women in grade nine and their teacher) have been researching the career of an assigned role model in a science, trade […] Read More.
Techsplorers throughout Nova Scotia are taking a hands-on approach to learning about science, trades, technical and technology-related careers. Beginning in February and continuing into May, Techsploration school teams are meeting their role models and spending a day exploring their workplace. Earlier in the year, all school teams are assigned a role model; a women working […] Read More.
Deadlines to apply for Techsploration scholarships are quickly approaching at the end of March. Donâ€™t lose out by not applying because donâ€™t think you qualify! If you attended a Techsploration school and have been accepted to a post-secondary institution this September, we want you to applyâ€”even if you werenâ€™t on a Techsploration team. Techsploration wants […] Read More.
Techsploration is getting national attention! Check us out in the March 8, 2012, edition of the Globe and Mail. Tremendous thanks are extended to Encana for recognizing women on International Women’s Day by sponsoring this beautiful Â¼ page ad featuring Cindy MacDonnell, Encana Drilling Engineer and proud Techsploration role model. You can watch Cindyâ€™s Women […] Read More.
The first phase of Techsplorationâ€™s Women in Action Web Video series is closing in on completion, with 26 videos available online, and anotherÂ four either in final editing or production. Sponsored by Encana Corporation, the videos explore diverse careers for women in science, trades and technology-related fields.Â Since their launch in 2009, the videos have received […] Read More.
Itâ€™s an exciting time for Techsploration; despite a sticky economy, weâ€™re continuing to grow and adapt to build our resources, our programming, and our team. â€œTechsplorationâ€™s progress is possible because of the support and commitment of our program sponsors. Because of them, we are able to expand our reach to make a difference in the […] Read More.
When grade 9 student, Rebecca White, walked into the Dartmouth office of Accent Engineering Consultants with her Techsploration team mates, not only did her image of an engineer immediately change, but so did her future plans. “Up until then, I had no idea what an engineer did,” says Rebecca. “When I thought about engineering, I […] Read More.