STEM-ming out into science

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Big things have been in the works for a Pictou County teenager after travelling to New York to attend the UN Women and Girls in Science conference.

Abby Coleman was chosen to take part in the international conference after making it to nationals in the annual school science fair for her project on drinking water comparisons to tell what is in each of them.

“My Regional level win for last year’s school Science Fair project and going to Nationals was noticed by a young woman that represents young girls and women in science at the United Nations,” said Coleman about how she came to attend the conference and even give a speech during the proceedings.

Coleman had the chance to meet other girls her age who are interested in sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that come from all over the globe. During the conference, Coleman and a number of other young women were invited to talk about their love for STEM and then give a recommendation on what they would like to see done to help women and girls further progress in the fields.

“From a young age, I was introduced to STEM activities. I believe that if it wasn’t for this introduction from such a young age that I wouldn’t have the love and passion for STEM that I have today,” said Coleman.

“It’s important for all young children to have this exposure. Encouraging industry to participate in the education process can open up many doors for young girls and boys wanting to get involved with STEM.”

At the end of her speech, in which she spoke about her aspirations in scientific fields and how she came to love STEM-related topics, Coleman gave her recommendation as to what she would like to happen in the world of sciences to see more women involved.

“Industries should get involved with schools to foster more STEM programs starting at a young age that engages all children. Allowing girls to have free access and encouraging this exploration will foster new innovative technologies and solutions for safer drinking water for all mankind,” said Coleman.

“It is important for all women and girls in science to continue to stand united for equal involvement from a young age to adulthood. It is our right and we can and will make a difference for a sustainable future and all of humanity.”

Some of the other recommendations made included for communities and industries to host STEM-related events for girls and have more STEM role models for girls and women.


Abby Coleman shows off some of her scientific skill in the lab of Daryl Ingram, a Nova Scotia Community College professor who helped Coleman out with some of her science fair project.  (Brimicombe photo)