What is CAGIS? – Canadian Association for Girls In Science (CAGIS)

What is CAGIS?

The Canadian Association for Girls In Science (CAGIS) is Canada’s largest and longest-running STEM club for girls, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming youth aged 7-16. This award-winning club, founded in 1992, supports interest in Science, Technology, Trades, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with virtual programming and local clubs that visit labs, workshops, and field sites to meet mentors and do fun, hands-on activities.

CAGIS has three streams of programming:

girls and teacher looking inside a computer

Local Clubs (Chapters)

CAGIS chapter members go on monthly adventures to explore STEM with fun, hands-on activities led by experts in a variety of STEM fields.

These monthly events often occur at the work places of our STEM experts, giving young people a behind-the-scenes view and allowing them to experience the lab and field environment for themselves.

Past events have included:

• Robotics and coding
• Performing orthopaedic surgery on rubber knees
• Building and testing bridges in a wind tunnel
• Sampling plant communities in forests and fields
• The physics of figure skating
• CSI and forensic science
• Electricity and building a flashlight

• Mobile app development
• Computer science and website development
• Dentistry and searching for cavities
• The physics of art restoration
• Mechanics and fixing cars
• The chemistry of cooking
• Aviation and building model planes

Teenage high school girls doing chemistry experiment at home.

CAGIS Virtual

CAGIS Virtual is a new program that brings STEM into your home with weekly, hands-on, live sessions led by real experts!

Sessions explore a new topic each week with fun virtual and hands-on activities led by real experts and a certified teacher.

Past topics have included:

• Food engineering and making ice cream at home
• Coding a script to calculate how old you would be on Mars
• DNA and crossing fruit flies in a virtual lab

• Chemistry and growing crystals at home
• Plant biology and germinating seeds
• Engineering and building a catapult

Girls with adult looking at laptop and learning about STEM

Expert on Demand

Expert on Demand makes your favourite CAGIS Virtual sessions available for live classroom visits, virtual parties, camps, and special events!  Book a STEM expert for a virtual visit with fun, hands-on activities!

CAGIS is a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization.