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15th Anniversary in Review

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. As a result, we’ve started the Community Report.

This friendly report focuses on our accomplishments throughout the year, upcoming and ongoing projects, and provides the reader with a familiarity about our program and goals.

Nearing the end of our fiscal year, we’d like to take this opportunity to share some highlights and encourage you to read the full report.

Women in Action Web Videos
These videos explore diverse careers for women in science, trades and technology-related fields. Since their launch in 2009, the videos have become increasingly popular, quickly approaching 100,000 views—literally from across the globe!

Each video features a Techsploration role model who provides a two-to-three minute overview of her career. Among the featured careers are chemical engineers, electricians, pipefitters, and physicists.

This year we added videos featuring:

  • Andrea MacDonald, Tug Master
  • Jesse Benjamin, Veterinarian
  • Carolyn Skerry, Marine Survey Technician
  • Meg O’Neill, President (oil and gas sector)

The videos can be viewed in the Women in Action library on the Techsploration website, or on Techsploration’s YouTube channel.

Sponsored by Encana and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Atlantic, an additional 30 videos will be produced over five years. Several videos are currently in production.

Alumnae Tracking Project
This year, Techsploration celebrated its 15th anniversary working with today’s young women; tomorrow’s skilled workforce.

In this time, the program has grown exponentially and expanded throughout the province, and it got us thinking, “where are all our Techsplorers now?” We wanted to find out.

Over several months, we searched for past Techsploration participants to reconnect and find out if they pursued a science, trade or technology career.

Not only did we set out to learn where our alumnae are now, but also how their Techsploration experience influenced their lives.  This information is powerful: it not only provides an opportunity to learn how to make program improvements, but proves Techsploration works.

Here are just a few of the results:

  • 95% of alumnae said that interacting with role models at Techsploration events made them more interested in pursuing a career in science, trades or technology. What’s more, 98% said that attending Techsplorer Events helped them select a career to pursue.  
  • 85% of respondents either somewhat or strongly agreed that Techsploration showed them that math and science courses are important. 58% said their participation influenced their decision to take math and science courses in high school, beyond the basic level required for graduation. 26% even went so far as to credit Techsploration with influencing their decision to stay in school and graduate from grade 12.
  • 88% agreed that based on their Techsploration experience, they are more likely to recommend that other girls/women consider careers in science, trades, or technology.
  • 89% said Techsploration showed them that they can be successful in any career they choose.

Take a couple moments to check out the full report. You can also read about Rebecca White, a Techsploration alumna who found her inspiration at a work site visit to become a chemical engineer; information about the benefits of becoming a Techsploration sponsor, and more information about how to get involved.

Updated annually, the Community Report will be available online with print copies available upon request.