Aug 28, 2008
Seagate’s “Expanding Your Horizons” conference comes to Singapore August 30 for the second straight year. The conference is for girls in Secondary 3.
One hundred and eighty girls from the CHIJ schools will gather at St. Nicholas Girls’ School at 8.30am to attend this one-day conference, organized in collaboration with the St. Nicholas Girls’ School. Irene Lee, Seagate’s VP of quality, will be the keynote speaker, and will share with students her experiences as an engineer and a typical day in her job. In the second half of the conference, the girls will go through a series of workshops that provide hands-on learning experiences led by women scientists and engineers from Seagate and other organizations.
“It is important that girls break away from the mindset that engineering jobs are only for boys,” said Ms. Lee. “We hope that in organizing this conference, we’re able to reach out to these girls and show them that technical occupations can be both stimulating and rewarding.”
According to the Yearbook of Statistics Singapore, 2008, women are underrepresented in science, engineering and technology courses at the local universities; 18,258 males enrolled in these course last year, compared to 12,229 females.
Seagate is a strong corporate supporter of Expanding Your Horizons, a non-profit organization founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1974 by a group of women scientists and educators who were concerned about low female participation in math courses. In recent years, Seagate helped EYH organize its first conferences for girls outside the U.S., including Northern Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore.
Ms. Chan Wan Siong, principal of St. Nicholas Girls’ School, says the workshop facilitators, keynote speaker, and other successful women “make excellent role models for the girls.”
“The workshops are also a great way for girls to learn something practical and relevant outside the classroom and will hopefully stimulate their interest in science and technology,” she added.
The workshop facilitators are all female professionals who utilize science in their jobs. They include 12 women from Seagate, as well as women from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Data Storage Institute and Raffles Medical Group.
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