About – Indigenous Youth Initiatives

The Women in Science and Engineering NL (WISE NL) Indigenous Youth Initiatives are designed for high school students who are interested in learning more about career options in science and engineering. Specific activities include the regional Indigenous Youth Conference and ROV Webinars.


Previous Activities

Corner Brook Conference 2015

“I enjoyed this program a lot. I hope to attend it again in the future.” – 2015 Conference Participant

The WISE NL inaugural Aboriginal Youth Conference was held in Corner Brook from November 12-15, 2015. There were 23 students from all across Newfoundland and Labrador who attended from communities including: Cartwright, Charlottetown, Clarenville, Codroy Valley, Conne River, Corner Brook, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Mary’s Harbour, Nain, South Branch, St. George’s Stephenville, and Wabush.


“I loved the Psychology and Medicine presentations! They gave me a better understanding of what I want to do in an interesting way!” – 2015 Conference Participant

Conference Speakers Included: Let’s Talk Science, Atlantic Engineering, Compass Group Canada, and WRDC.
Students participated in tours of the Academy Canada, CNA, and Grenfell Campus.


The 2015 conference would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:



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Science Odyssey Week Webinar (May 17, 2017)

Inspired by the annual MATE ROV competition and in recognition of Science Odyssey week, WISE NL partnered with the Marine Institute to host an educational webinar through the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) on May 17, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm, NDT. The Webinar featured a live demonstration by the Marine Institute’s Eastern Edge Robotics team, on how to assemble an ROV kit provided to each school through the Marine Institute. These kits give students the opportunity to form their own ROV teams for participation in the annual MATE ROV Ranger competition, taking place each May at the Marine Institute. Participating schools included: St. Lewis Academy in St. Lewis Labrador and Belanger Memorial High School in Doyles Newfoundland tuned into the webinar.


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Science Literacy Week Webinar: Exploring ROVs (September 22, 2017)

On September 22, WISE NL and the Marine Institute partnered to present the second ROV Webinar in WISE NL’s STEM School Seminar Series. The September webinar titled Exploring ROVs recognized Science Literacy Week (September 18th – 24th, 2017) Canada’s weeklong celebration of science.  The webinar featured an interactive activity presented by the Marine Institute’s Eastern Edge Robotics team and a presentation on the exciting opportunities in ocean technologies in Newfoundland and Labrador. Interested schools were encouraged to contact info@wisenl.ca for more details.