Girls In Medicine
Girls in Medicine is a virtual workshop series for girls in Grades 3–6, delving into the engineering and science shaping modern medicine through inspiring stories of pioneering women in STEM.
Applications for the 2023 Season are now closed. Please join our mailing list for updates on future programs and registration times.
August 8 – August 31, 2023
Designed for girls in Grades 3–6, Girls in Medicine is an interactive online workshop series that will focus on the engineering and science behind modern medicine.
Each week, we will follow a different woman in STEM and dive into her contributions in the field of medicine.
Each workshop is led by our U of T Engineering students—who are keen on sharing their passion for STEM.
Registering for the program will give students access to the free Girls in Medicine workbook in addition to the live interactive workshops.
Designed for girls in Grades 3–6, Girls in Medicine is an interactive online workshop series that will focus on the engineering and science behind modern medicine. Each week, we will cover a different woman in STEM and dive into her contributions in the field of medicine. Each session will focus on a different field in engineering and science, and students will have the opportunity to virtually participate in STEM activities aligned with that topic.
Students who have registered for a week of our Girls In Medicine program are welcome to register for Girls in Engineering Day.
Please note that the content for each individual course repeats each week.
Week 1 - August 8 & 10, 2023
Week 2 - August 15 & 17, 2023
Week 3 - August 22 & 24, 2023
Week 4 - August 29 & 31, 2023
Online workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM –12 PM each week. Every workshop is led by two of our instructors. Each week they will explore the theory behind each of the activities while promoting student engagement and fun. Online sessions are limited to 25 students per week.
Tuesday & Thursday
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Log-in and meet the class
10:45 AM – 11:45 PM | Program - Lesson and Activity
11:45 AM – 12 PM | Q&A
This program is offered to students in Grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 (2022/2023 academic year.)
Creating an Active Account
If this is your first time registering for one of our programs, you will be prompted to create an Active account as you register. If you are successful in getting a spot in the workshop, your spot will be held for you as you complete the registration form, so no need to rush.
Please note that it is not possible to create an account before the registration date.
If you see that a course is waitlisted on the registration page, that means there are no available spaces. If a space opens up in the course, those on the waitlist will be notified immediately in the order that they registered.
Students will be required to use both Google Classroom and Zoom for this workshop.
Our team will provide a link to the Google Classroom the Thursday before the start date. You will be required to use a @gmail.com account to access the classroom. School-issued emails are not compatible with our Google Classroom. Click here to access the support documents for Google Classroom.
Students will be required to use Zoom for this workshop. A mic and camera are required during class to thoroughly interact with the instructors. Click here to access the support documents for Zoom.
Materials & Preparation:
Activity instructions, guidelines, and material lists will be sent out on the Thursday before the start date in the form of Student Activity Sheets, which are 1-2 pages of instructions to help students prepare and conduct the workshop. Guardians are asked to kindly read over and gather the materials for their child ahead of time.
Participants must supply their own materials. All materials required for these workshops will be household items with little-to-no cost.
Cancellation requests must be received by 11:59 PM ET on the Monday before the session start date. Thank you for your understanding! For more details regarding cancellation deadlines, please refer to your confirmation email once you have completed the registration process.
Your health and the health of our community are important to us. In light of circumstances around assessing symptoms, refund requests for programs that are received after the cancellation deadline will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Gerty Theresa Cori was the first woman to recieve a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. While the working environment was not always fair for female scientists in the 1900s, Gerty persivered through her male dominated industry and uncovered the fundamental answers to how our bodies process energy. Thanks to Gerty, we now have a better understand of how our body convert sugar into movement. In this course, we will follow Gerty's work and develop technology that can help monitor the sugar levels in our body.
Patricia Goldman-Rakic was an Amercian professor of neuroscience who pioneered the exploration of the human brain. While others deemed the brain to complex to research and understand, Patricia was able to map its regions and functionality. Based on her groundbreaking work in the field, we now have a better understanding of conditions affecting the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia. In this course, we will continue Patricia's work in neuroscience to build our very own brains online.
Marie Curie was a mathematician, scientist, and physicist who discovered the radioactive elements radium and polium. This discovery eventually led to the development of the x-ray, which allowed doctors and scientist to image the inside of a body without open surgery. Because of Marie Curie's work in the field, we now have the tools to better diagnosis and treat patients who have internal growths such as cancer. In this course, we will engineer our very own "x-rays" so that we can take a deeper look into the human body.
Dr. Virginia Apgar was a trained surgeon and anesthesiologist in in the 1900s who specialized in the care of new borns and infants. In her career, Dr. Apgar attended over 17,000 births in which she documented the features related to both healthy and unwell new born babies. Through these observations, Virginia came up with a scoring tool which could quickly and effectively help doctors identify new borns in need of urgent medical care. This tool is now reffered to as the "Apgar Score", and it is still used in modern medicine to diagnosis and treat new born babies. In this course, we will create an artifical intellegence based detection system which embodies Dr. Apgars scoring tool to identify features of at risk babies.