“I’m a STEMinist” Challenge


Empowering Girl Guides to Explore STEM Opportunities

Following a successful event in 2020 with Grande Prairie Guiding units, WISEST recognized the value of collaborating with Girl Guides to empower young girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields through hands-on, interactive, and engaging programming. WISEST, in collaboration with Future Energy Systems and Cybermentor developed just that, an engaging, hands-on, easy-to-follow STEM Challenge for all branches – from Sparks (age 5-6) to Rangers (age 15-18). Each branch can chart its own course with 21 STEM activities to choose from and two mandatory activities – “Women in STEM” and “Meet a STEM Mentor”. Many activities have been translated to French for units wanting to facilitate the challenge in another language. 

During the STEM Challenge, participants will tackle activities created by University of Alberta and University of Calgary organizations, researchers, and graduate students – people they may meet if their future paths take them into STEM fields. Once participants have completed the challenge, they can receive a one-of-a-kind crest from Alberta Council featuring the logos of the organizations involved.

WISEST, Future Energy Systems and Cybermentor are thrilled that these activities will encourage more girls and gender-diverse individuals to envision their futures in the STEM fields. 

Access the guiding documents for the “I’m a STEMinist” Challenge here. 



If you are a Girl Guide and would like to complete the “I’m a STEMinist” challenge with your unit, contact your local unit guider to set that up. 

For any questions, comments or concerns, contact wisest.outreach@ualberta.ca.