Keeping up with our tradition of school outreach, Ms Anam Amad Siddiqui from PNEC NUST presented for the "WEP Science for Progress" program at Mama Parsi Girls Secondary School, Karachi. The aim of these sessions is always to dispel stigma associated with engineering and technology, and to reject fear of math and physics within secondary school girls. This outreach session was conducted in collaboration with Formula Electric Racing - NUST, where we are helping ignite a technological spark among the future-makers of #Pakistan.
In essence of the upcoming International Women's Day 2018, WEP ER Manager Yusra Shah conducted #outreach at Bahria College Karachi regarding Women Engineers Pakistan and our work. Both male and female students from intermediate levels were present in the audience, and helped make the session interactive with their questions and opinions. Most of WEP outreach focuses on encouraging more girls towards higher education, but it is always a treat to speak to young boys about women empowerment and equality.
Science Mela was a huge success! Women Engineers Pakistan team believes that seeing is believing. We wanted to inspire the younger generation towards science and engineering, and to dispel their fear of math and physics.
Which is why we brought 10 projects along with us!
The detail of projects is as follows:
The team also added display of Sketch-up show on laptop, and put up Architectural 3D model sheets with the rest of the models.
Our Women in STEM stall was also able to pique the interest of our male colleagues, most of whom were thrilled to know us, and encouraged Women Engineers Pakistan's efforts.
Our stall closed at 4:30 PM on day 2. But we celebrated by distributing candies and sweet prizes to a lot of kids who came to the Women Engineers Pakistan stall.
Day 2 was made possible by WEP team from UET Lahore, with Campus Ambassador Sidra Tul Muntaha, and her team: Namra Latif, Maryam Yaqoob, Rehana Naz, and Akbar Naveed.
#Pakistan needs more of this! Our first day at the Lahore Science Mela 2018 was a big success! Women Engineers Pakistan engaged with hundreds of parents, teachers, male and female students, inventors, and science enthusiasts. There was enormous curiosity found within both the adults and children attending, a great omen indeed!
If you weren't able to make it yesterday, we strongly urge you; come visit us today! If you are a STEMinist yourself, stop by and help us encourage more girls into science and technology.
A Math-a-thon was organized by Alif Ailaan, Numaish Karachi, and Code for Pakistan at Habib University on 13th January, 2018. A Math-a-thon is a one day competition where teams comprising of the university's students come up with ways to explain mathematical concepts (based on the National Curriculum from Grades I to X) by using sports or games as the basis. The intent is to involve higher educational institutions to frame a different way of teaching and learning mathematics, and to involve educationists as judges and government school students as 'mentors' for each group of students.
Women Engineers Pakistan's Ms. Samiya Khaliq was invited to be part of the judges' panel for the event.
Samiya thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and Women Engineers Pakistan is looking forward to hosting and collaborating for such events again soon.
As per Samiya, "It has been a great experience attending Math-a-lon as one of the Judges held in Habib University this January where I met many intelligent and sharp students of various departments and experienced educationists of many disciplines disciplines. Personally I think this event was very well organized and very successful even in it's first attempt. I fully enjoyed the event with participants coming up interesting ideas and renovations of various grade topics. With enriching experience such events helps students to understand what they are being taught practices and puts life to perspective on how to benefit from exchange of ideas, sharing of knowledge , establishing socializing skills etc."
Women Engineers Pakistan team at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) conducted their first "Science for Progress" STEM School Outreach at the Pak-Turk International School, LUMHS Branch Jamshoro on Friday, January 12th 2018.
Previously, the team had communicated with four other schools, but were faced with difficulties as the administration at these schools were averse to the concept of counseling girls regarding Engineering fields; a bias that we will hopefully be able to overcome in future.
At the Pak-Turk International School, Team LUMHS conducted a 'STEM fields Awareness Session' of 90 minutes, addressing girls from classes 8th and 9th. The students had great aptitude; some of them having already tackled advanced stages of coding and website development at this level.
1- WEP Team LUMHS started off with the 'Let's talk' expression, and asked some open ended questions regarding the purpose of getting education, and how much of that knowledge are they able to utilize in their daily lives. The team also shared Alif Ailaan's factsheet on Education in Sindh, and ratio of girls out of school in order to further the sentiment of realizing and recognizing the concept of "privilege".
2- Then there was a 'Guess the name game' in which the team showed images of renowned women in Science, from both past and present (from the likes of Marie Curie, Rachel Carson, Katherine Johnson to Arifa Kareem and Jehan Ara from Pasha etc.) and shared their credits in the end.
3- The team made the students solve WEP's Career Guidance Cell Worksheet and heard their answers - in the end, 50% of the girls were inclined towards Medicine but there were future scientists, architects, bankers, electrical and chemical engineers, and a few wild life photographers as well, in the audience.
4- The team also conducted an interactive STEM quiz, asking the students to describe certain physical, mechanical, and science phenomena, and their working theories in our everyday lives. The winners were gifted with funky stationary.
On 17th November, a team from Women Engineers Pakistan, UET Lahore, consisting of Miss Sidra Tul Muntaha and Miss Rehana, went to Lahore Grammar School, Model Town for School Outreach Program. A workshop was conducted in Computer Lab which started at 12:00 PM. It started off with the presentation prepared and then quiz was conducted. Students enjoyed themselves while solving quiz because they find it mind-boggling. Students were very sharp and ended quiz in less time than provided. While the quiz was being checked, experiments were performed to fascinate the students. Firstly, rusted coin cleaning with vinegar and salt was shown. Then fire works with colours into water was done which really surprised students. Then random question answer session was done and prizes were distributed. Lastly, winners of quiz were announced and prizes were given to them. In the end, they were asked if they enjoyed themselves and learnt some new things or not on which they all responded in positive. This session ended at 12:45 PM with the huge success." To learn more about our School Outreach sessions for "Science for Progress", please visit: http://www.womenengineers.pk/schools
Women Engineers Pakistan Team from Lahore College For Women University - Official worked wonders in their first School STEM Outreach session of 2017 for WEP's "Science for Progress" program. Check out http://www.womenengineers.pk/schools for more!
On 13th November, a team from WEP UET Lahore, consisting of Miss Sidra, Miss Namra and Mr. Akbar went to the @Concept Reinforcement Center, DHA Lahore for our "Science for Progress" School Outreach Program. The workshop started at 5:45 PM. It started off with an introductory presentation and then a quiz was conducted. Students were allowed to use internet facility to answer the quiz as they found it a bit difficult. While the quiz was being checked, experiment of cleaning rusted coin with vinegar and salt was performed. Then groups were formed and bridge competition was held which was overwhelming for the students, and they enjoyed themselves. In between the event, random questions were asked and prizes were distributed to those who gave correct answers. Lastly, winners of cumulative of quiz and bridge competition were announced and prizes were given to them. This session ended at 7:00 PM being the huge success for students to learn and experience new aspects in sciences. #womeninSTEM #Progress4All
This week the Women Engineers Pakistan NUST-PNEC Karachi Campus Ambassadors visited the Fazal ur Rehman Govt. Girls Secondary School in Karachi. The students were engaged in an interactive career counseling session, where the basic theme was motivation to continue to pursue higher education, and the various career streams available in the modern world. The students were also informed about the various resources available within Pakistan and beyond for their educational progress.