Zoe Siu Narlin and Baela Irving watch Bethany Duffield perform a permeability experiment at the Science Games at the Telus World of Science in Vancouver on Saturday. More than 150 children from across B.C. participated in the Science Games
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It was all hands on deck Saturday morning as “Team Rock” — four excited eight-year-old girls — tested the permeability of sand in response to various liquids during the 2019 Science Games at the Telus World of Science.Baela Irving watched as her friend Madeline Okuma poured water mixed with cooking oil over a filter to see how quickly the liquid drained into a cup.“I’m sort of interested in science,” said Okuma. “It’s fun to try different things.”More than 150 girls and boys between the ages of six and 12 attended the Games, which are organized by Engineers and Geoscientists B.C. to attract more youth — especially girls — to engineering and geoscience.“Sparking a love of math, science and discovery, especially in girls, can help transform the future of our professions,” said president Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, a mechanical engineer.
Madeline Okuma (from left), Zoe Siu Narlin and Baela Irving perform a permeability experiment as part of the Science Games at the Telus World of Science in Vancouver on Saturday.
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In B.C., women comprise about 12 per cent of engineers. Engineers and Geoscientists B.C. has endorsed a Canadian strategy to boost that number to 30 per cent by 2030. The Science Games are part of that, involving kids in games and friendly competition to mark the beginning of national engineering and geoscience month.“These are fun, enriching activities that carry a lot of meaning,” said Tarnai-Lokhorst. “We want more youth to be exposed to these dynamic professions.”Geotechnical engineer Sze Kong was volunteering at the event. The City of Vancouver employee said she didn’t encounter barriers when entering the field, although an engineer wasn’t something she dreamed of becoming when she was a child.Kong said she enjoys her job determining soil and slope stability because it allows her to spend some time outdoors assessing conditions, as well as doing design work in the office.Engineers and Geoscientists B.C. communications director Megan Archibald said engineering is a “diverse” profession that goes beyond building bridges and buildings. For example, some of the association’s members protect power grids from cyber attacks, while others develop robotics for use in health care.“We’re really hoping to inspire a sense of exploration and discovery with the Games today,” she said.The members of “Team NAFTA,” a name derived from the first initials of its five founders who ranged in age from six to eight and all attend Lions Gate Montessori, were happy to explain their work “mining” chocolate chips from cookies.“The whole cookie was obliterated,” said Nathaniel.“I got two out before it was destroyed,” said his friend Felix.The boys also described a small wooden house they built as part of the competition, complete with a rainwater collection system.At the end of the Games, Team Rock collected the top prize in their division, while Team NAFTA took home medals for being the most creative.Related firstname.lastname@example.org/glendaluymesCLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com