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Virtual Design Like a Girl

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ibiomed@mcmaster.ca

Due to popular demand, iBioMed's Design Like a Girl is Back! During Summer 2021, over 100 female-identifying high school students got hands-on experience with coding, electronics and sensors, design thinking, and delivering presentations and pitches, all while being mentored by upper-year iBioMed student mentors and faculty.

Overview

This page provides information on the 2022 VIRTUAL offering of Design Like a Girl.

Learn about the IN-PERSON offering here.

What is (Virtual) Design Like a Girl?

This VIRTUAL two-day event introduces female-identifying high school students to various STEM fields and topics. Virtual attendees will gain access to recorded workshops and activities to learn and develop various technical skills. Later they will work independently, or in a team, to develop a solution to a healthcare problem.

Registration Deadline: 11:59 PM EST, Wednesday July 20th, 2022

Day One (Wednesday July 27th, 2022):

  • iBioMed student presentations and Q&A
  • Introduction to Design Thinking and the design-a-thon challenge
  • Electronics and Sensors
  • Introduction to Python and State Diagrams
  • Work on design challenge

Day Two (Thursday July 28th, 2022):

  • Learn how to pitch and present
  • Work on design challenge

Sunday July 31st, 2022):

  • Submit your design challenge by 11:59 PM EST (additional details to be provided closer to event date)
  • Prizes!

Hardware / Software Requirements:

  • Laptop and a reliable web browser such as Chome
  • Access to wifi
  • Python 3.10

System Requirements for Python:

  • A Windows, MacOS or Linux device.
  • Note that Python 3.10 cannot be used on Windows 7 or earlier.

Download Python

How does the virtual offering of Design Like a Girl work?:

All workshops will be recorded. At the end of each day, all recordings, workshop materials and activities will be uploaded to a cloud-based service and links will be shared with all virtual attendees. 

Attendees will then review recorded materials and complete any activities independently. 

Those attending virtually have the option of working on their final design projects independently or with a team. They can form their own teams with other virtual participants, or a member of the iBioMed team can help them find a group.

Submitting design projects:

To be considered for a prize, virtual attendees will also need to present and pitch their final design. Using the knowledge learned in the workshops, they will develop a presentation, record their pitch and email their pitch AND presentation slides to the iBioMed program for consideration.

Virtual participants will have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday July 31, 2022 to submit a recording of their pitch as well as their presentation slides.

Additional details to be provided closer to the workshop dates.

Cost:

The virtual offering of Design Like a Girl is FREE.

There is a $20 per person fee for the in-person offering of this event. Learn about the in-person offering here.

Registration Deadline: 11:59 PM EST, Wednesday July 20th, 2022

The iBioMed Program is happy to work with individuals who require special accommodations. Please contact ibiomed@mcmaster.ca to make arrangements.

Want to know more? Check out our FAQ section!

Read about last year's event here!

FAQ

Who is eligible to participate in Design Like a Girl?

Design Like a Girl is open to all female-identifying high school students and non-binary students including cisgender and transgender women. Please note that you must be a high school student as of September 2022. i.e. Grade 12 students graduating this summer 2022, are not eligible for this event.

Why are only female-identifying students eligible to participate?

The gender gap in STEM is immense with women comprising of only 22% of engineers-in-training (EITs) in 2019, and overall only 17.9% of newly licensed engineers were women (Engineers Canada Report, 2020). Design Like a Girl aims to change the image of what someone in engineering and technology looks like by providing early exposure to STEM and creating a safe and supportive environment in which one can innovate and take risks.

What is the registration deadline?

11:59 PM EST on Wednesday July 20th, 2022

Is there an in-person option?

Yes! 

Learn more about the in-person offering here

How much does it cost?

For the VIRTUAL offering, the event is FREE. 

The IN-PERSON offering is $20 PER ATTENDEE. This includes lunch on BOTH days. Please note that payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.

What will I be learning?

Day One (Wednesday July 27th, 2022):

  • iBioMed student presentations and Q&A
  • Introduction to Design Thinking and the design-a-thon challenge
  • Electronics and Sensors
  • Introduction to Python and State Diagrams
  • Tour of iBioMed Design Studio, lab spaces and McMaster campus (in-person event only)
  • Work on healthcare solutions and designs

Day Two (Thursday July 28th, 2022):

  • Learn how to pitch and present
  • Additional time to work on healthcare solutions and designs
  • iBioMed Q&A panel

Sunday July 31, 2022 (for virtual attendees ONLY):

  • Email your recorded pitch and presentation slides to the iBioMed team by 11:59 PM EST
  • Prizes!

Will there be prizes?

Yes! Exact prizes are to be determined, but all participants (in-person and virtual) will have the chance to win a prize.

Do I have to register for both full days? Can I just register for one or two of the workshops?

To get the most out of this two-day event, participants are asked to committ to the full two-days. Registrations for individual workshops will not be accepted.

I have no previous experience. Can I still register?

Yes! No previous experience is necessary. 

I won't know anybody - will we have to create our own teams?

Those participating virtually can either work on their design projects independently or with a team. Participants can form their own groups with other virtual attendees, or the iBioMed team can help form groups. 

I attended Design Like a Girl last year. Is it worth attending again this year?

Yes! This year we're offering new workshops in Python (not previously offered last year). For the in-person event, we will also be running iBioMed tours. You'll get a chance to check out iBioMed's Design Studio, labs and the McMaster campus. On Day Two, we will also be hosting an iBioMed Q&A panel where you can interact with current iBioMed students and have all of your iBio questions answered!

While there will be some of the same topics from last year, we've re-vamped a number of these workshops - plus you'll get to meet other high school and iBioMed students you may not have met last year. 

What are the hardware / software / OS requirements?

  • Laptop
  • Internet connection
  • Reliable web browser such as Chome
  • Python 3.10

System Requirements for Python:

  • A Windows, MacOS or Linux device.
  • Note that Python 3.10 cannot be used on Windows 7 or earlier.

Download Python

I need this in my life. How do I register for this event? 

Register for VIRTUAL Design Like a Girl here.