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ERIC Number: ED371557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Operation Minerva Rocky View: Mentoring Young Girls in Science.
Makosz, Jean; And Others
Operation Minerva is a science conference which originated in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) to provide young girls with positive experiences in math, the sciences, and technology. The program was adopted by a group of Rocky View teachers and parents who revised the program to meet the needs of their rural students. The program involved 40 eighth grade students, who had the opportunity to meet and "job shadow" for 1 day with a female mentor working in one of the scientific professions. The second day of the conference was spent at the University of Calgary participating in hands-on science workshops which allowed the students to experience the fields of engineering, forensic science, biomechanics, and biology. The conference was felt to be a great success. Ninety-three percent of the participants reported that the conference was very helpful or somewhat helpful in clarifying their occupational goals, and 72 percent of the girls said the conference helped them discover new careers. This paper provides a rationale for the conference, describes conference goals and objectives, and notes funding sources. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A