WIE Outreach is a part of WIE. It works in the wider Montreal community. Through its programming, it hopes to inform and inspire female students, as well as build their conﬁdence so that they are able to pursue careers in engineering. It also aspires to increase digital and technical literacy.
WIE Change the World Conference
This conference was successfully done at Villa-Maria High School in 2015-2016 and was also performed at Riverdale High School. WIE provides students with a case study which allows the development of problem-solving skills on an engineering level. Students spend two days studying a real-life problem, finding the root causes and creating a formal presentation of recommendations of improvement. This approach allows students to experience the problem-solving side of Engineering.
Elementary School Outreach
WIE has been collaborating with Roslyn Elementary school for the last 3 years. We visit every Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm to hold science workshops for Grade 3 & 4 students. Some of the activities include building bridges, potato batteries, building a geodesic dome and more. These activities help encourage students to take an interest in science at an early age.
High School & CEGEP Outreach
WIE represent Concordia University at high schools and CEGEPs and hold interactive presentations on choosing Engineering as a career path. Students, especially young women, often lack the knowledge or are misinformed about Engineering. Therefore, our WIE representatives visit to inform students about the broad field of Engineering, the Concordia University experience, the rewarding industry and its problem-solving nature. We are present to inspire young women to and young men to support their fellow peers. All the material, including the presentation is ready for you! Our directors will help with any questions, as well as attend and participate with you the day of the event
3D Printing Workshop
This workshop occurred in Winter 2017 at St-George's High school and Summer 2017 for GirlSET Camp which is a free summer camp for girls in high school help at Concordia University. This initiative was a way to introduce students to 3D technology and the basics of design. The competition helps students learn how to approach a design process within the given constraints and how to use web based software as a tool to accomplish their task. Students are exposed to computer design and can see their product come to life.
WIE has been maintaining our relationship with YWCA and Southeast Asian Women Community Centre. We believe it’s important to understand the needs of community centres and gathering a team to respond to these needs. At SAWCC, WIE representatives teach basic computer skills and help with resume writing that may help the women find a job. This year, we will be visiting Fridays, either morning or evening.