Science groups on campus: W.I.S.E, Let’s Talk Science and the U of M Science students Association (SSA)

Many science-based, student-oriented campus community groups are eagerly awaiting a fresh inrush of new members!

W.I.S.E. Kid-Netic Energy (Women in Science and Engineering)
Where: Engineering Information and Technology Complex in room E1-263. They’re currently looking for new “instructors”—that’s you, U of M science, engineering, and/or education students—at a wage of $14/hr.

“[Instructors] travel all over Manitoba promoting science and engineering in the classroom [and at camps] – from kindergarten to grade 12,” remarked Nusraat Masood, Program Administrator at W.I.S.E. Kid-Netic Energy.

Masood explained, “We [at W.I.S.E.] really believe in experiential learning [ . . . ] in order to have the determination and the discipline to study from a text book [ . . . ] you have to have passion first. We’re trying to take care of that passion.”

As a student in the faculty of education, Peiki Loay, Girls Club Coordinator, reflected on W.I.S.E.; “It’s really changed my approach not only to teaching but also to learning – having known those students, those girls have made me a better person.”

SSA (U of M Science Student Association)
Where: 209 Armes Building. All students of the science faculty are honourary members and urged to take part!

Volunteer counsel member of the SSA, Aryan Poushangi cited that,“[Their] focus is to make student life better for science students” by bringing the price of lockers down recently to organizing events like barbecues, socials, “[and] exam-crams closer towards exams, and offering free tutoring.”

Fourth year science faculty member and volunteer Reese Rahman said, “We’re here to help all science students. They have a tight schedule; we know that. Anything we can do to make it a little easier.”

Let’s Talk Science! (LTS)
Where: 510 Machray Hall. They’re having a meet-and-greet on Sept. 28 and are currently in need of a new crop of volunteers! Like W.I.S.E. in some ways, LTS is focused on science outreach for kids.

“We engage [kids] through fun hands-on science experiments,” remarked one of the coordinators, Danielle Chu.

“You can volunteer as little or as much as you want. We do offer co-curricular (CCRs) records if [volunteers] do 10 hours [or more] volunteering a year [ . . . ] and there’s rural and aboriginal volunteer opportunities as well.”