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Here are several guides on sparking girls' interest in STEM available from the publisher/distributor or on short-term loan from CWSE:

Who's Missing? 18 tips: A Practical Guide to Including Everybody in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 1998. Women Inventors Project Inc., 107 Holm Cres., Thornhill, ON L3T 5J4, Tel: 905-731-0328;, 35 pp. ISBN 0-921808-11-9.

Designed "for all people working in formal or informal education settings with girls and young women", this clearly laid out and highly practical guide covers the spectrum of attracting, involving and retaining females in STEM events and activities. Several science activities are appended and for each main section, there is a list of relevant resources. Also available from WIP is "Daughters of Invention: An Invention Workshop for Girls - Handbook for Planners".

Two recent issues of the Canadian Guider Vol. 68, No's. 1 & 4, summarize Who's Missing and contain other articles describing STEM activities for girls. Single copies are available from the Girl Guides of Canada, 50 Merton St., Toronto ON M4S 1A3, Tel: 416-487-5281.

How to Encourage Girls in Math & Science, J. Skolnick, C. Langbort, & L. Day. 1982. Dale Seymour Publications, P.O. Box 10888, Palo Alto, CA 94303, U.S.A., 192 pp. ISBN 0-86651-323-X. 

This resource is a parent and educator guidebook that combines a discussion of the socialization of children together with a wealth of practical material. Its 69 math and science activities, suitable for girls from primary to junior high school ages, incorporate strategies to develop skills, build positive attitudes and have fun. 

Community Science, Math and Technology Interaction Days Planning Guide, 1996. Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology, Suite 417, 535 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8, Tel.: 604-895-5814, email:, 43pp.

Interaction Days are designed to bring parents and children together to "experience science and math, hands-on" and would typically include interactive STEM workshops, career panel discussions (for the students), an issues presentation (for the adults) and a social hour/display session. This very useful guide takes you through all of the event planning, from budgets and promotion to creating conference packages. The appendix even has sample schedules, registration and evaluation forms, press releases and flyers.

How Universities Can Help Teachers Introduce Girls to Engineering - a How-To Manual, 1994. Editor, A. Folson, Center for Women in Engineering, Univ. of California, Davis, CA 95616, U.S.A., 70 pp.

WIE has developed a series of programs to encourage girls to consider engineering, improve the classroom climate for girls and educate their teachers about engineering. This handbook offers useful guidelines on planning, implementing and evaluating 

  • a gender equity and technology workshop series for K-12 teachers
  • a "Day on Campus" for students visiting an Engineering Faculty of Engineering 
  • a speakers bureau of female engineers for school visits
The teachers' workshop, especially, has a series of interesting activities to examine their students' expectations for the future, broaden their own images of engineering, integrate household technology into the classroom, and identify gender equitable teaching strategies.

Here are some hot links to on-line activities:

For kids, there are terrific interactive explorations at School Net's The Brainium!  http://www/

And more!

The Exploratorium
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Ontario Science Centre
CBC For Kids
Owl Kids Online


For parents and teachers, see Girltech, devoted to encouraging girls in technology use, at


And curious folk, young and senior, alike can check out the latest scientific and technological news on the Discovery Channel's website,


History of Women in Chemistry and Physics

Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoffrey Rayner-Canham of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland have written several books on historical women of science:

Harriett Brooks, Pioneer Nuclear Scientist 
Brooks, a Canadian, was a prominent researcher in the field of radioactivity, working with Rutherford, Thompson and Curie.  $18.35 (paperback)

A Devotion to Their Science: Pioneer Women of Radioactivity
This book "reclaims this first generation of women researchers in radioactivity, providing new insights into the contribution of women to atomic science and dispelling the myth that this field was essentially a male preserve".  $19.95 (Paperback)

Women in Chemistry: Their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century
 "This thought-provoking book brings to life the many talented women who made significant contributions to chemistry".  $34.95.

For order forms email or call (709) 737-7960.

 Real Science!

American Public Television Station KTEH has a site for teenagers to learn about exciting science jobs.  Check out