WISE Kid-Netic Energy inspires and fosters love of STEM for kids in Manitoba
Each year, WISE Kid-Netic Energy hosts hundreds of educational workshops in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) reaching over 30,000 Manitoba youth. Since 1990, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Kid-Netic Energy has traveled across the Province engaging with youth and leading workshops in a wide variety of STEM applications for all youth ages 4-18.
Emily Prenovault, a science undergraduate student focusing on micro/biology has been a WISE Kid-Netic instructor since Spring 2018 and has led over 330 workshops in 97 different schools. She has visited Thompson, Dauphin, The Pas, Steinbach, as well as many First Nations communities during her time as an instructor.
Emily has made a lot of memories during her time with WISE, but for her, the greatest reward was returning to a class that she had previously visited a year earlier when she first started as an instructor.
“Last year I was in Wanipigow and I had the opportunity to work with the same kids this year. Coming back a year later and seeing the changes in them and seeing how much they had grown and the fact that they remembered me was very rewarding. It’s always bittersweet when you leave a school or town because you don’t know if you’ll ever see them again but getting to reconnect with this class was really great. It was a really special week.”
Her time with WISE has not only allowed her to share her love for science with school-aged youth in the Province but has also helped her to grow on a personal and professional level.
“Working with WISE has given me a unique opportunity to share my love of science with children, inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM, all while traveling around Manitoba. I have made amazing friends, traveled to places I would never have gone to otherwise and the skills I have developed from this job will definitely be relevant and beneficial for my future career in health care.”
As Emily prepares to say goodbye to WISE and move on to further studies, she will forever remember her time as an instructor and introducing youth to STEM whom otherwise may not have been exposed to such opportunities. The rewards of being an instructor are not just seeing kids interact with STEM, but rather the collective growth in both the youth and the instructors.
WISE is currently accepting applications for Fall/Winter Workshop Instructors. For more information or to apply, please visit: http://www.wisekidneticenergy.ca/employment/
The deadline to apply is October 14, 2019.