STEAM Week sends a message that BH girls are smart

On Jan. 27, 2017, the academic journal, Science, reported gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early, influencing children’s interests.

On Feb. 7, 2017, Martha Perry, Board of Trustees President of National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, responded with a blog post entitled: “Girls’ Schools Teach Girls They Are Smart.”

She wrote: “Girls at girls’ schools do not doubt they are smart, because their schools send them the message every day that they are smart.” As a university preparatory school for girls, Balmoral Hall shares this view.

Throughout their educational experience, BH girls establish connections with peers, faculty, staff, parents and alumnae that instill competence as well as confidence through substantive collaboration. A timely example of this is STEAM Week, Feb. 13-17, 2017, which has been organized by faculty and staff to foster girls’ learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

From informational videos such as this one about stem cell research in Canada, to presentations from a variety of experts, exchange of information drives STEAM Week at Balmoral Hall School.

University of Manitoba researchers demonstrate breathing sounds analysis at Balmoral Hall School Feb. 13, 2017. /JENNIFER PAWLUK

In particular, we wish to thank Dr. Zahra Moussavi, Director of Biomedical Engineering at University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, along with her doctoral students, for sharing their study of breathing sounds with Grade 5 students on Monday.

A unique experiential learning opportunity, students listened to their own breathing sounds, observing them in the form of waves, with equipment that the presenters brought into the classroom. Curious as ever, they asked many, many questions.

Inquiry-based learning is integral to the curriculum at Balmoral Hall. Accordingly, throughout the last few months, teachers have been planning a STEAM Festival for Junior School students, which will occur on Thu. Feb. 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Excitement is building as we continue to “ride the wave” of STEAM Week 2017!

Jennifer Pawluk


I am a Communications Specialist at Balmoral Hall, a university preparatory school that inspires girls to excel, to reach, and to lead. Located in the heart of Winnipeg, Balmoral Hall was founded in 1901 to offer comprehensive all girls' education. At Balmoral Hall, girls find a place of belonging through a shared love of learning.

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