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Outreach > I.T.S. for Girls!

Our club meets a new mentor or role-model each meeting, visits their workplace, and explores the background science of their field through hands-on activities.

There are two sections of the I.T.S. for GIRLS! club:

  • Junior: Grades 4, 5 and 6
  • Senior: Grades 7, 8 and 9.

Each club section meets one Saturday each month To find out about more information about I.T.S. for Girls! or our next meeting, please contact us at

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This program has been supported with a grant from the Canadian Women's Foundation and its partners.

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Microbiology with Natalie

At the end of April, we met with Natalie, a graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology department at Dalhousie who really wanted to show us that science is cool - and scientists are much more than what we usually see in TV and in movies. She taught us that all living things are made of tiny cells and that there are different kinds of cells that do different things, like how your stomach cells are different from your nose cells.

Natalie's research deals with viruses, which are sneaky little cells that disguise themselves in order to infect another cell. Natalie studies a special kind of virus that can cause cancer in human beings, so she also taught us what makes a cell cancerous. After her presentation, we got to use microscopes to look at animal cells (from our own cheeks!) and plant cells (from an onion) and we learned about DNA by extracting it from a banana!


Computer Science with WiTS

At the beginning of April, we met with Sarah from Dalhousie's Women in Technology Society to learn all about computers! We used the MIT App Inventor to design our very own app and then saw it in action on our mentors' phones! We discussed how computers speak in binary code and then used that newfound knowledge to decipher clues to a photo scavenger hunt around the Computer Science Building. After all, there are only 10 kinds of people in this world; those who understand binary, and those who don't!


DalTRAC: Dalhousie Transportation Authority

Our meeting in March had spring in the air as we learned about active transportation with DalTRAC. Interns Cara, Alex, and Siobhan taught us about transportation from a planning and design perspective. We learned how our friends usually travel to school and back and discussed different transportation options such as cars, public transit, walking, biking, and skateboarding/scootering.

We investigated transportation in countries all over the world and how the HRM could be improved to accommodate more bicycle traffic. We visited one of the Dalhousie bike stations that contains all kinds of tools to tune up your bike. Hopefully one day we can have stations like that all over the city!