Fathers can also play a decisive role in the vocation of daughters

“It wasn't school that made me discover my taste for science, (…) it was my father who allowed me to get in touch with [them]”, says Anne-Marie Brosseau, Secondary 5 student at the Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie in Outremont. She discovered “Girls and science, an electrifying duo! " two years ago.

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Montreal, January 21, 2013 - " It was not school that made me discover my taste for science, but all the activities that I was able to do at the Folie Technique science camp and at the Duo, and it was my father who allowed me to come into contact with the sciences", confides Anne-Marie Brosseau, 17 years old, pupil of 5e secondary school at the Saint-Nom-de-Marie boarding school in Outremont, who discovered “Girls and science, an electrifying duo! » two years ago when she was in 3e secondary. As in February 2012, Anne-Marie will participate in the next edition of the Duo as co-host of the Folie Technique booth.

The 14e edition of the event "Girls and science, an electrifying duo!" », a major thematic day organized by women working in scientific circles to increase female scientific and technological talent, will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS). Satellite events will also be held at Laval University in Quebec, the University of Sherbrooke and the University of Quebec in Rimouski.

Last summer, Anne-Marie worked as an assistant instructor at the Polytechnique science camp and she intends to repeat the experience. Next year, she plans to undertake a Diploma of Collegial Studies in natural sciences and then move towards chemistry, probably to teach and do research. “It has become a real passion in my case! she says. There are still not many girls who are interested in science, although there are more of them in chemistry than in many other scientific fields. I believe it is due to a misperception of the professions to which scientific studies lead. »


An initiative from dad!

Her father, André Brosseau, 43, a partner in a company working in the recycling of electrical and electronic waste, remembers: "My spouse has a doctorate in physics and chemistry and it is more than likely that Anne-Marie was influenced positively by this female model, but it's true that it was I who took the initiative to enroll her in Folie Technique, as I had done for her little brother before. I like knowing that my kids are spending the summer doing smart things. I am surprised to learn that there are still prejudices preventing girls from freely choosing their orientation. In any case, there is none in our family! In addition, Anne-Marie maintained her contacts and organized herself to work at Folie Technique last summer and I am very proud to see her resourcefulness and determination as well. »

The event is presented by Hydro-Québec, in collaboration with the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Polytechnique Montréal and the Alcoa Foundation and with the loyal support of ArcelorMittal, Bell, IBM, the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir and Sport, the Order of Engineers of Quebec, Rio Tinto, SAP and Telus.


About the Duo

“Girls and science, an electrifying duo! »Aims to introduce teenage girls from 2e and 3e secondary school the exact nature of scientific and technological professions and the studies that lead to them through group activities, demonstrations, workshops and above all, the highlight of the day, "career shopping", which reveals to them the multitude of university, professional and technical training courses available to them. In addition, the event allows these young girls approaching the decisive moment of career choices to meet women working in a field related to science, in a way role models to follow. It also includes two other components designed specifically for school stakeholders and parents.


Deadline for registrations 1er February 2013.

Information and registration:

Montreal: 450.356.1141; Sherbrooke: 819.565.5062;

Quebec: 418.691.1088; Rimouski: 418.736.5555.



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