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Power To Choose is the only Canadian winner of FIRST 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant

FIRST® Announces 2017 STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant Winners. Underserved and underrepresented students from 17 communities to receive grants facilitating hands-on learning and problem-solving opportunities.

AUG 3, 2017: FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) today announced 17 grants to support the development of new, innovative approaches to address equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities in STEM (science, technology

Infusing Creativity into STEM at All Ages

How do we sustain the connection between creativity and STEM as adults, once we have completed our education and are out in the workplace? STEM careers are traditionally thought of as left-brained (logical, analytical and objective) rather than right-brained (intuitive, thoughtful and creative) endeavors. However, many of us have a desire to engage both analytical and creative thinking in our day-to-day work. The good news is, despite the traditional view that STEM fields are purely analytical, there might actually be more need for creativity in STEM than initially meets the eye.

Earlier this week, we posted an article on AWSN Facebook and Twitter about how infusing art and design into math and science learning might just be the key to revit

Women Well Positioned to Capitalize on Team Strengths


As leaders and team members, we can harness the power of our teams by understanding our own strengths and the strengths of those around us and using those strengths for increased engagement and performance at work.

Imagine the last time you started to work on something and the next time you looked up several hours had passed. What were you doing?


Female Scientist invents Vodka

July 10, Eva Ekeblad's Birthday.

Today's July 10 GoogleDoodle celebrates Eva Ekeblad's birthday. Countess Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish noble and agronomist who discovered how to extract starch from potatoes, paving the way for gluten-free baking and alcohols such as vodka, moonshine and potato wine.

July 10, Eva Ekeblad's  Birthday


Today's July 10 GoogleDoodle celebrates Eva Ekeblad's birthday. 

Operation Minerva Makes UToday

Operation Minerva at UCalgary's Human Performance Lab

Read the whole story at May 11, 2017 UToday.  Be sure to click through all the pictures posted to see what this group of lucky girls got to do for their Operation Minerva job shadowing aventure. 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Every successful company has a story. Learn about how four Edmonton companies got their start at this interactive panel discussion from the AWSN Speaker Series on March 7!


Remembering the Montreal Massacre

On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance for the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, a commemorative vigil was organized at the legislative building in Edmonton, AB.


AWSN participated in this event.


Stephanie McLean and Shagufta Tasneem, AWSN Secretary


Calgary Tower Proudly Purple.

October 12, 2016 turned out perfectly.  The Calgary Tower was Purple for WinSTEM week just as the sun was setting.  

We'd love to say that the flair in this picture is the sun, but it was a more mundane street light, 9th Ave & Centre Steet.  Photos: Wendy Hutchins 


A great group of 22 showed up for hot chocolate, pictures, talk, and viewing the Calgary Tower from our perch at Enmax Park (overlooking Stampede grounds).  It was a bit chilly, so the keyword for posing was "Penguin", getting a big huddle for warmth.