Try/CATCH's highlights include a keynote, workshops, and a Women in Tech panel discussion with current WiCS members, WiCS alumna, and women from our sponsor companies. By participating in Try/CATCH, female high school students will gain an in-depth knowledge of Computing Science, Engineering Science, and the incredible possibilities that these fields offers. Girls will be able to explore and ask questions in a friendly and positive environment specifically designed for them. As well, the opportunity to speak with both female mentors and company sponsors will improve their networking skills and allow high school students to glimpse into the world that exists in university, the workforce, and beyond. Most importantly, girls will be able to connect with their peers, have fun, and come away with an increased sense of the support that women in Computing Science and Engineering Science have. Try/CATCH is also a great opportunity to demonstrate that there are many females working in both fields which are viewed as “men’s only” professions.
In 2017, Try/CATCH will feature a selection of Computing Science and Engineering Science workshops for the participants to choose from. Each girl will be able to sign up for 2 workshops that are each 2 hours long. Workshops details will be announced when registration opens. Girls of any skill level can participate. Beside the workshops, there will be a keynote speaker, a catered lunch, and a panel discussion.
We are also inviting parents to an info session at the end of the event to gain an insight of what Computing Science and Engineering Science can do for their daughters’ future. Advisors from SFU's Faculty of Applied Sciences academic and co-op programs will be present to answer questions. At the same time, the girls will attend a Women in Tech panel to discuss with female university students and career women about their experiences. Students will be able to learn more about the growing advantages of working in the technology field as they meet and network with the presenters. Prizes will be given at the end of the event through raffle draws.