Okay - we're a little bit late for International Women's Day. But encouraging kids to think about science is what we're all about, here at Sci/Why. That includes girl kids and boy kids. And black, brown, white, yellow, and purple kids. (Purple??? You never know...). Kids of all sizes and abilities. And kids of every nationality.
So here are a few Canadian organizations that are trying to open up science to as many people as possible:
- The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology - a non-profit association that promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology.
- Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, has an Aboriginal Access to Engineering website to encourage aboriginal students to think about engineering and prepare for science and technology careers. It's got good information, whether you end up at Queen's or somewhere else.
- The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada offers information and help for young aboriginal people who want to go into medicine.
And to inspire you, here are a few amazing scientists and bits of science that you might or might not have heard about:
- The Smithsonian's list of Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know About
- And a list of 10 Famous Women Scientists
- Here's an interesting list of African-American scientists
- And a few historic Canadian scientists of African descent
- The most famous scientist with a disability is Stephen Hawking, but he's not the only one.
- Here's an online magazine, Science in Africa, about what African scientists are up to these days
- And another magazine, Asian Scientist, about science in modern Asia
- This site has links to four short videos about Canadian scientists trained in the western tradition who are working together with people trained in aboriginal traditional knowledge
- Finally, if you want to know more about traditional knowledge and science, check out the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network's website.