Support Beyond the #Selfie Project on @Crowdtilt

There are many things that one can do with $25 and supporting a crowdfunding campaign is one of them. We are happy to announce that have started our campaign in support of our Beyond the #Selfie Project. With a minimum of $25 you can help girls from underprivileged households to attend our photography summer camp while giving them an experience to last a lifetime.    

Most kids have access to a camera or a mobile device that can take pictures, but how do they process what they see? How do they portray themselves? How do they communicate in the language of images in a digitally saturated society that produces over 60 billion images each month on Facebook alone?

This one-week intensive summer camp is designed to empower girls to express themselves through the art and craft of self-portrait photography. Through a series of creative photo assignments, field-trips, and slideshow presentations participants will be introduced to the creative fundamentals of photography such as composition, perspective, tone, space, timing and how to use light and shadow to create compelling and artistic photography. Participants will also learn basic photo-editing skills and curate a photo show for family and friends, and create and design a photo book featuring their self-portraits and writings. Continue reading

National Education Week: Recognizing Amy Leask

“They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it” 
― Nicholas SparksDear John

hEr VOLUTION is celebrating National Education Week  and are honoured to recognize a woman who has been invaluable to our success so far! She has a rich background in education with over 10 years experience teaching both in-class and online at the secondary and post-secondary level, as well as in adult and continuing education. She currently designs and creates education and training materials for educators, employers, and industry professionals. Her current interests include the promotion of 21st Century Skills, STEM and STEAM education, as well as the development of online learning communities.  Continue reading

Using Media to Inspire a Love for Science and Technology

Robotic operator and aerospace engineer, Natalie Panek discusses some of the reasons why women are still under-represented in STEM careers and calls for the media to help turn the tide.

By challenging the media to feature more positive role models, we can inspire young women to enter what have traditionally been male-dominated fields, and to want to contribute to positively changing the world.

The ultimate goal is the opportunity to engage a larger demographic with technology. Ultimately technology can and is going to revolutionize the world. The world would be wise to have a much more diverse population advancing what technology can accomplish.

– See more at: http://www.thenextwomen.com/2014/03/31/call-media-feature-more-women-science-and-engineering#sthash.Ym0jTfBN.dpuf

Science Fair Journey Of An Award Winning Canadian Female Scientist

It can start with a spark, a moment of curiosity. It can start while discovering innovative ideas come to life. It can start with a question raised, a clip from a show, a game, and, in this case, a poster. The discussion of how to get more women interested in STEM fields, commonly known as Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, continues as does the struggles to figure out the “how”. As a mission to encourage more girls and young women to follow their curiosity in the rewarding fields of STEM, it is imperative to bring to surface lived experiences of other young women and expose their reality of the journey involved in any of these fields. As Canadians it makes it for a sweeter reality to know that an aspiring young woman scientist has represented Canada internationally at Science Fairs bringing home awards for her scientific discoveries.

Jessie MacAlpine has done all of that, all because of her love for science. She is a great example, a great mentor to girls and young women who may have that curious thought of what is it like to be a scientist. She is a leader and an inspiration to little girls who dream that one day they can too become successful while making a difference though science.

I hope that her story will encourage girls and young women to pursue their dreams and take on challenges because making a difference is just as rewarding as the journey to leadership. Continue reading