While the events come and go, our digital clubhouse ensures you always have a place to be a Scientists Technologist, Engineer, and Mathematician. Connect with other girls interested in pursuing STEM and get your questions answers directly from industry role models.
The STEMforGIRLS Clubhouse is hosted on Flipgrid. For full access you will need to complete registration. While you are waiting for access permissions, you can look around the Introduction Grid.
Given that STEM-based careers are highly diverse, the digital clubhouse is divided into sections so members can connect their skills to specific STEM-careers. Each section outlines STEM-related careers, introduces associated female professionals, and then gives members activity suggestions to improve skills to help them pursue related STEM-careers.
The sections are divided into skill categories based on the theory of multiple intelligences, which are described below. Anybody can learn to develop these skill sets but a great starting point is to take a quiz to learn one’s strengths and weaknesses, check out this multiple intelligences quiz developed by the Government of Canada.
This whole grid is dedicated to the bodily-kinesthetics intelligence. It revolves around the ability to coordinate the mind with the body. Fine motor skills go hand-in-hand with the large motor skills for this intelligence. Can you think of any STEM careers might need great hand-eye coordination or superior understanding of how bodies move? You use all or part of your body to create products or solve problems. Surgeons, physiotherapists, architects, pilots, and craftspeople rely on this intelligence.
Go to: Flipgrid - Bodily Kinesthetics
Musical intelligence is the ability to discern sounds, pitch, rhythm, and timbre. With this intelligence, you can create, communicate, and understand meanings made out of sounds. The obvious careers that come to mind are music-related, but there are many careers that require a keen ear for detail. Accurately recording and interpreting sound describes a skill necessary for marine conservationists tasked with listening to the songs of whales. Having a deep understanding of how we interpret sound is vital for a career in audiology, a healthcare profession that helps prevent or repair hearing loss. What other STEM careers can you think of that rely on musical intelligence?
Go to: Flipgrid - Musical Intelligence
So you want to get your driver’s license. Parallel parking takes precise hand-eye coordination, an accurate visualization of the vehicle size and the parking spot, and an understanding of how the vehicle is able to maneuver in that space. Get prepared for your drivers test by practising your mind’s visual-spatial muscles through activities like creating blueprints of your home, visualizing people’s faces while talking to them on the phone, and drawing 3D images (bonus points for drawing objects from multiple perspectives) . This skill set is necessary for aviation, graphic design, cartology, navigation control, engineering, dentistry… and so many more. Visual-spatial if often thought of as the backbone of STEM-related careers.
Go to: Flipgrid - Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Using this intelligence, you distinguish among, classify, and use features of your environment. It’s an eye for detail and a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of natural systems. Meteorologists, geologists, botanists, veterinarian, and climate scientists are amongst careers that rely on this intelligence. If you enjoy caring for animals, growing food, or simply being outdoors, you might have a tendency towards these careers. And it is easy to foster, just keep observing nature; photograph wildlife; volunteer at the community garden – immerse yourself!
Go to: Flipgrid - Naturalistic Intelligence
Why is the sky blue? How do microwave ovens work? What is a superconductor? Curiosity and the drive to find an answer is the backbone of this intelligence. Brain teasers and board games often help you develop your problem-solving skill set which allows you to find connections and apply solutions in every day life and every career. Directly linked careers include computer analysts, law, physicists, physicians, and researchers.
Go to: Flipgrid - Logical-Mathematical
Verbal-linguistic, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal intelligences are grouped here as a trifecta of transferable skills required throughout your career path. Intrapersonal skills is being able to recognize your strengths and what you might need to improve upon. Verbal-linguistics skills for example help you write a resume, or a scholarship application. Interpersonal skills will help you in an interview setting, to really sell why your combination of strengths and weaknesses are the ideal combination of the job at hand.