Social DiST(EM)ancing!

Hey Cybermentors!

I hope you're all doing well, and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. 

Since all schools in Alberta are currently closed, it's the perfect time to get more involved in Cybermentor. All of our programming is online, so you can practice social distancing and remain connected to the STEAM community (or, what we're calling Social DiST(EM)ancing!). 

I've put together a small list of online resources that have STEAM content or activities. If you have any that you've found, let us know and we'll keep adding to the list!

In no particular order here are some FREE resources available online:

1) Scholastic Magazine: Learn at Home:

(Updated daily! 4 articles per day for grades 6-12 with interesting topics and resources related to STEM)

2) GreenLearning.ca

Free online education programs about energy, climate change and green economy that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world.

3) Khan Academy:

Free, online lessons about coding to algebra to statistics to physics to biology. Watch the videos and participate in their lessons! Khan Academy also offers schedules for ages 4-18 during school closures to keep a routine (

4) Wasabi Learning (Article):

This article that has links to over 20 activities that you can do from home to explore STEM concepts. It also has links to awesome sites that have STEM content, as well.

5) Simone Giertz, YouTuber/Maker/robotics enthusiast/non-engineer : (this is a link to her YouTube channel-- warning: some innappropriate language is featured in some of her videos

Simone Giertz is an incredibly funny and curious woman who does engineering and STEM projects. Her specialty is making silly/useless robots. Check out her TedTalk here - .


Some cool online activities and models that have a variety of STEM content.

7) Masters in Data and Science

Links to a BUNCH of different STEM content websites (USA based).


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I love podcasts (I listen to them all the time!), and I thought that this week I'd share some cool STEM podcasts that I found. Why not pick an episode of one of these podcasts, share it with your mentor or mentee, and then have a conversation about it this week?

PhDivas is a podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Hosted two awesome women -- one with a PhD in Engineering and the other with a PhD in English Literature. Their usual format is to interview a scholar and ask them about their work, and their experiences in academia. I have selected some episodes that might be interesting, as they are specifically about the experiences of diverse women in STEM. Check out their website here . The episodes I'd recommend are the following: S4 E11 ; S3 E 30; S3 E 29; S3 E20; and S3 E10.

Modern Figures is a conversational-style podcast that will elevate the voices of Black female scholars in computing. Hosted by Black female professors and computer scientists, Dr. Kyla McMullen and Dr. Jeremy Waisome, share experiences of being Black women in a STEM field, and interview incredible Black women computer scientists! Check out their website here . I'd recommend starting out with their first episode (Introducing Modern Figures Podcast) and episode 19 (Lessons from a 14 year old tech boss-- about a young woman like you!)

Final recommendation for the day, Beyond the (micro)Scope - a podcast sharing the voices of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Hosted by a journalist and an aerospace engineer who are self-proclaimed dorks and friends! Check out their website and while you're there, check out episode 38 (For the Birds [Song]) with Amy Strauss, a PhD student in organisimic and evolutaionary biology and her research on bird songs in sparrows. Stay well, and don't forget to go outside and walk around! Maybe listen to the birds and apply some of the knowledge you've gained from listening to the last podcast!

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Minds in Motion is a program run out of the University of Calgary that has really cool daily hands-on STEM activities that you can try (click here:

Here is a list of resources that actua has put together -- all online STEM content, and it's really well organized! Check it out here :