WinSTEM Week

Celebrating the women of yesterday, today, and tomorrow who study, research or work in any STEM subject area

The daughter of famed poet Lord Byron, Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace—better known as "Ada Lovelace"—was born in London on December 10, 1815. Ada showed her gift for mathematics at an early age. She translated an article on an invention by Charles Babbage, and added her own comments. Because she introduced many computer concepts, Ada is considered the first computer programmer. Ada died on November 27, 1852. [Synopsis quoted from]


Ada Lovelace Day is a growing international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.


Founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson, it is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October in the UK.  Ada Lovelace Day is the day after Canadian Thanksgiving and most of us didn't want to even think about a big event the day after a holiday.  AWSN opted to spend a whole week celebrating Women in STEM - WinSTEM Week.  Anyone, anywhere is allowed to post an event celebrating the women of the past, present and future of STEM in Alberta and globally.  Events can be as small as mom and daughter watching Hidden Figures, or as grand as 2017 WiSEST 35th anniversary NoBelles event (Edmonton, Alberta), or AWSN 2017 STEM Affair (Calgary, Alberta).  Nominate someone for a WinSTEM recognition award - someone who inspired you, mentored you, or you feel doesn't get the notice she should, and we will be announcing them at our STEM Affair, Oct 14, 2017.

Our Mission: Enabling a culture of diversity and inclusivity through STEM Programs. AWSN is acting as the platform that initiates or supports programs, partners and stakeholders who amplify, magnify, or accelerate systemic and social change within the greater community, allowing all to participate to their full capacity in STEM."