Saint Maryâ€™s University and Techsploration Science Award 2012 Recipient: Paige Power
Workplace Visits Underway
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 in an in-demand career where women are underrepresented. Role modelsâ€™ careers range from carpenters and plumbers to forensic anthropologists and video game designers.Â Â
â€œThe program opened up a whole other world for me,â€ remembers Rebecca White, a 2002 Techsplorer from East Antigonish Academy. â€œMy role model was a chemical engineer and largely due to meeting her, I chose to study in the same field and I love it. As a role model now myself, itâ€™s so gratifying to be able to open doors for young women and see how excited they get when they hear about what I do.â€
During their workplace visits, Techsplorers are able to test their mettle in a variety of different jobs, while learning valuable information about education, prospects, and day-to-day life in that career. This year, school teams are able to learn how to build patch cords, try their hand at welding, go up in a bucket truck, tour a laboratory, ride on a tugboat, and even get a birds-eye view of Halifax from a helicopter.
After the Techsplorers have completed their workplace visit, they will create a presentation about their assigned career and deliver it to their peers at Techsploration Goes to School, and again at the Techsplorer Event. At both of these events, students are given the opportunity to meet other women working in a variety of careers and ask questions about her job, training, and experiences.
â€œWe do our best to introduce Techsplorers to careers that may never have occurred to them,â€ says Arylene Reycraft, Program Manager at Techsploration. â€œThat way, their career goals will never be limited to a specific few jobs.â€
This year, Techsplorer Events are April 19 â€“ 20 at the NSCC Strait Area Campus; May 8 â€“ 9 at Saint Maryâ€™s University; and May 16 â€“ 17 at the NSCC Truro Campus. Grade nine girls throughout the province are invited to attend, even if they do not go to a Techsploration school. If you would like your school to attend a Techsplorer event as our guest, please contact Donna Woolley, Administrative Coordinator, at 902-491-4693 for more details.Â