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.