Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Humaira moved to Canada in 2013. As a fourth-year student at the University of Lethbridge, Humaira is majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. She loves studying the environment and using adaptive ways to find solutions to current and future problems. Apart from her academic studies, she has been a part of Destination Exploration for more than two years. Humaira has lead afternoon science clubs, summer camps and science-themed birthday parties. This year, she has also been a part of the Traveling Lab Coats team and is once again a summer camp leader.
As a woman, Humaira says she has often felt underrepresented in science and technological fields. “This gap is not due to girls being less capable than boys but rather that they feel that this field is not meant for them,” she explains. Destination Exploration aims to break this stereotype by exposing girls to science beginning in kindergarten and helping boys see that this is a gender inclusive field. “I feel lucky to be a part of STEM education through Destination Exploration. Through this program, I have had the opportunity to work with some brilliant people and incorporate my environmental science background to inspire young scientists of Southern Alberta.”
Humaira would like to encourage all young people to get involved in STEM, especially young women and other underrepresented groups. “STEM is for everyone,” she says. If you have a young person in your life why not help them to try something new this summer?
For more information on Destination Exploration summer camps, please visit: ulethbridge.ca/destination-exploration