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.
The Women Engineers Pakistan Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) chapter conducted a 3 day STEM Summer Camp for children at the SOS Village at Jamshoro, Sindh. Day 1 comprised of introductions, team building, and information sessions. Day 2 was project-focused, where our very talented Campus Ambassadors and their teams mentored the children about Water Filtration, and created rudimentary water filtration systems out of used plastic bottles. Day 3 was more towards relationship building, and comprised of games, word puzzles and Origami craft. A wholesome experience was provided to the children, with amazing feedback. WEP is proud of LUMHS team! Job well done!
Following the tradition of empowering females by WEP, another career counseling session was held in Sargodha on August 8th, 2015. The session was held at an academy in “Islamic Alta Vista” school and was arranged by WEP member, Talha Choudhary along with volunteers Mr. Haider Sultan and Mr. Fahad Masud. The audience was academy girls of grade 9th and 10th since the school was closed for summer vacation. This one-hour session began at 5 pm with the distribution of chocolates among the students, followed by a presentation by the team. The presentation focused on the introduction of Engineering sciences and technology to the students; guiding and further counseling the girls on what field to chose and study. The presentation further introduced WEP to the girls, along with its motto and efforts to empower females of Pakistan. The session was followed by a simple quiz. The response to this session was amazing as most of the girls, when asked about future plans, were willing to pursue Engineering, Biomedical Engineering being a popular answer. The session was on the whole a great success and the Principal of the school invited the team for another such session when the school reopens. WEP, is grateful to its male members for becoming propellants of diversity.
WEP Science for Progress: Members form WEP Sindh Chapter visited APWA School in Unit no. 8, Latifabad Hyderabad. An introduction to science & its various applications was made to the girls of class 10th. A brief quiz was also conducted. The talent girls here showed strengthens our belief in our country's children. With just a little guidance, these girls have potential to do wonders!!
Members of our WEP Punjab Team gathered on February 19th 2015 at Aisha Girls High School, Gujranwala to begin our mission "Science for Progress" aiming to promote female education and constructive growth of the women of Pakistan. The teachers and staff cooperated with the team and provided us with their Assembly Hall. The team received good feedback from them afterwards too.
The session started with Tilawat e Quran-e-Pak, done by an 8th class girl, at 12.30 pm. The girls were of class 7th, 8th and some were of 6th too, total strength was almost more than 140 girls and mostly were very talented and confident. The presentation focused mainly on introducing Science & Engineering to the girls, who seemed to almost have no idea about it. The session ended at 1.30 pm. At the end a little quiz period was conducted and 5 winners were given prizes by the Team. If neither Engineering nor any other Technology program they will be at-least willing to study, plan and work ahead, for themselves and for their beloved Pakistan.
The second session was held by WEP Sindh was at the Muslim Foundation School, also located in the vicinity of Nazimabad Block 1. The same pattern was followed for this session as before; starting with simple questions about their interests and goals and followed by the presentation and a quiz. Compared to the government school girls, the number of girls willing to pursue a professional career was much more here. But engineering was still quite a new prospect for them. The hour and a half long session explained engineering and the benefits of female education with creative and relatable examples of the everyday world.
The sessions were on the whole a great success! The motto was to convince the girls to study, contribute and then soar high in the skies. The team was given immense praise by both the schools and the principal of the Muslim Foundation School even requested another such session.