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HEAL Hosts Canadian Association for Girls in Science Event

Thursday, September 26, 2013

On Wednesday September 25th 2013, the team from the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) in the Department of Geography at Western hosted an event for several dozen young girls (aged 7-16 years) with the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS).  The event entitled: “Around the World in 60 Minutes” incorporated the use of GPS technology for a fun and interactive Geocaching event. The event was designed to teach the girls about the broad scope of the field of Geography, by integrating tools and technologies often used by geographers.  The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) meets regularly to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with women and men who have chosen careers in these fields.  This CAGIS event included opportunities for the girls and their parents to talk with university students and professors about school, careers, and other issues that concern girls when they think about their futures. Organizers and participants from the HEAL included Research Associate Sandra Kulon, Graduate students Sarah McCans. Lucie Richard, Leanne McIntosh, Christine Mitchell, Ashley Manning, Doug Rivet, Don Lafreniere, Mark McGregor, and HEAL Director Professor Jason Gilliland.