Info for Youth

Hands-on workshops (grades 1 – 12)


Forget equations written on a whiteboard…would you like to see how real hands-on science is done? Get involved with anything from creating controlled explosions, building bridges or solving murder mysteries. The type of activity you do depends on your what your presenters are experts in – they could be anyone from a neuroscientist to a mechanical engineer! Ask your teacher or group leader to get in touch with our Coordinator by email, and we’ll work on creating a workshop that’s right for you.

Interested in running your own science-themed workshop with a group of friends or your science club? We can send you premade kits for complete with everything you need. This is a great way to explore and craft those leadership skills! Read more on our blog about one such workshop. Please contact our director of outreach if interested in kits.

Quantum Leaps conferences (grades 10 – 12)


Quantum Leap conferences can really show you how exciting a career in science can be. These conferences are organized and run by youth to ensure they are focused on issues that matter most to young women. Expect fun, hands-on workshops and motivating keynote speeches from women working in science and technology. Quantum Leaps conferences are for girls in grades 10 to 12. SCWIST provides resources to help organizers plan and carry out the conferences, from offering funds to assisting in finding speakers. If interested please complete this application form and email it to our program coordinator .

New for 2017, attendees are eligiable for a $500 Youth Skills Development Scholarship. Please see below.

“Seeing women being successful in their field is more inspiring than just being told about the jobs out there.”
 Yukon Quantum Leaps Participant, 2009

“It encouraged me to go into more math and science courses.”
 Castlegar Participant Quantum Leaps, 2011

“It made me think about looking into careers that are more specialized and that are not as known…a lot of things I heard today not many people think about…”
 Nanaimo Participant Quantum Leaps Participant, 2008

eMentoring (grades 10 – 12)


Need some science study or career advice that’s tailored to you? We can help! Sign up to our eMentoring program and we’ll put you in touch with a professional woman who is closely matched to your own interests or understands your situation. You’ll talk over email or Skype over eight weeks, and your mentor will be available for up to an hour per week. You’ll discover the rewards of careers in math, science and technology and get helpful advice from a professional. 

It is important to note that eMentoring is about guidance, career options, and life in the STEM fields. It is not parenting, counselling or tutoring. Participants are expected to contribute regularly, with thoughtful conversations. Short or sporadic responses are not acceptable. Remember, your eMentor is volunteering their time as well.

eMentoring runs twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The program is available for any students who identify as female or as non-male.

If you’d like to sign up, or would like further information, email our Coordinator.

Youth Leadership Award

  Fascinated by science? Want a chance to excite others about science? Within this program, you will create a project of your own to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are looking for innovative projects that make use of a variety of skills such as writing, fine arts, dance, and theatre. Think youtube videos about science or card games that explore different science careers. Upon completion of this project, the successful candidate will receive a $2,000 honorarium.


Application Deadline: June 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST.

Interested? Please see this document for more information.

Youth Skills Development Scholarship

  In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday, the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology announces a new Youth Skills Development Scholarship. The goal is to foster another 150 years of innovation and excellence in Canada. The scholarship is open to girls (age 16-19) who have participated in Quantum Leaps conferences or eMentoring and is awarded to cover costs of professional development. The scholarship can be used to cover costs of attending Science Fair or participating in science-related camps or courses. This $500 scholarship must be put towards the cost of professional development of equal or greater value, this includes associated costs or attendance.

Application form 

Deadline: April 15,2019 

For old applications details see this document.