IBM STEM for Girls Canada – Inspiring youth to envision a future in STEM

By and Partik Dullat | 4 minute read | December 1, 2021

We’re excited to share some highlights about STEM for Girls Canada! 

  • Program Overview
  • How to Get Involved!
  • 2021 Achievements and Plans for 2022  

Program Overview

IBM STEM for Girls is helping to build the next generation of innovators, thought leaders, and change makers where diversity and inclusion matters! We’re offering a variety of ways to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to expand youth knowledge and skills. We’re doing this through fun and interactive programming that piques curiosity and helps build confidence.  

Our mission in Canada

With a collaborative ecosystem of partners and IBM volunteers, IBM STEM for Girls Canada offers creative and innovative learning experiences to build STEM know-how and workplace skills for youth 13+, with a focus on underrepresented communities.

Girls in particular are telling us they want to learn and grow for greater representation in STEM fields. We’re here to help knock down those barriers so you can see yourself one day as an engineer, doctor, physicist, and more. The possibilities are endless, and your future is bright! 

We’re focused on three priorities:

Offering professional and technical skills development to youth

  • Online learning with IBM SkillsBuild for Students where you can earn the STEM for Girls (SFG) certificate (learn how to get started below)
  • In-school and out-of-school programs
  • Student webinars

Supporting parents and teachers with resources to help youth

  • Teacher professional development
  • Parent and teacher webinars

Creating connections and safe spaces for girls to connect with each other and with role models

  • STEM for Girls Community on IBM SkillsBuild Connect 
  • Mentorship for students

How to get involved and expand your STEM journey!

Why should I join? 

  • To access the learning plan on how to earn the IBM STEM for Girls (SFG) Certificate and build your technical and professional skills
  • To receive notifications on upcoming events/engagement opportunities (camps, webinar series, activities with partners), new courses, and learning suggestions 
  • To watch videos from Women in STEM
  • To find fun, quick-learning activities
  • To get the latest updates on mentorships and research opportunities

What will I gain? 

  • A safe, global community of like-minded girls and women 
  • Mentors of all ages
  • Access to other IBM SkillsBuild Connect Groups, such as “Ask an IBMer” where you will have direct access to IBMers who can answer your professional and technical skills questions

How do I join?

STEM for Girls Learning Plan  

This year’s highlights 

It’s been a busy year of building new partnerships, collaborating within local communities, and developing and delivering engaging events. We did this with one goal in mind – to support, influence and inspire youth across Canada. 

  • In April, we partnered with CIBC and its partners to host the STEM Breakout Camp where 1500 kids attended virtually for a week of workshops and activities. 
  • In July, we welcomed 3,000 kids to our National STEAM Camp, in collaboration with the following corporate and community partners: Cisco, RBC, Telus, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) STEAM Academy, PaloAlto Cyber A.C.E.S., RoboRaiders, University of Calgary, Fortinet, and MLSE. 
  • In October, IBM STEM for Girls Canada and Plan International Canada hosted a Girls Belong Here roundtable session with youth ambassadors and IBM Canada President and General Manager, Claude Guay, where girls provided feedback on the roadblocks they faced in STEM and how IBM’s STEM for Girls program could help more girls/youth. Do you have ideas and suggestions? We’d love to hear them. Please share them with us here. 
  • On November 3, we sponsored The Learning Partnership’s Take Our Kids to Work Day and hosted the Careers in Tech session (replay available on YouTube).

Looking ahead to next year

Thinking about the coming year brings with it the hope and excitement of returning to in-person events and learning – something we’ve missed dearly since the start of the pandemic. Making connections and spending time together is when we thrive and grow.

  • This year, we launched our STEM for Girls Learning Plan (available in the STEM for Girls Community) and will be continuing the development of similar resources over the course of 2022.
  • With fellow IBMers and our partners we are building a Webinar Series to support students, teachers, and adults while they discover and explore STEM.
  • As we continue to develop our program, we aim to launch a STEM for Girls Ambassador program in order to ensure this is a program built by youth for youth.
  • We have many new and exciting partnerships coming in 2022 to expand our reach and double the number of youth impacted by STEM for Girls.

By Partik Dullat, IBM STEM for Girls Canada, Program Leader