Special Week Promotes Engineering, Geoscience


Join the celebrations of our Proud Past: Confident Future during National Engineering & Geoscience Week, Feb. 25 to March 6 — a thematic tie-in to the APEGGA Annual Conference and Alberta's Centennial year.

An annual event, National Engineering & Geoscience Week is designed to increase public awareness about the important role that engineers, geologists and geophysicists play in the everyday lives of Canadians. Across the province, APEGGA is sponsoring events and activities to showcase the impressive work engineers and geoscientists do on a daily basis.

For the 10th consecutive year, APEGGA is publishing a newspaper supplement in the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald on Feb. 24. This feature sets out to recognize the pivotal role of engineers, geologists and geophysicists in our economic and social well-being, while celebrating our proud past and encouraging a confident future.

The week kicks off Feb. 25 by being officially proclaimed in communities throughout Alberta. Displays, corporate challenges and other activities will also take place to celebrate the start of National Engineering & Geoscience Week.

The Corporate Food Structure Challenge captures the spirit of our work and professions. Members, companies and other organizations are challenged to design and build a food structure for the charity of their choice. This is a fun challenge that requires team effort, communication, creativity, imagination, building, resourcefulness and heart.

Other events taking place around Alberta include classroom visits by professionals and mall science exhibits. Other organizations are also planning activities in celebration of the week. Fluor Canada in Calgary, for example, will host a luncheon for its engineers. Fluor engineers will also make science presentations at Calgary schools during the week. See related story, Page 7.

Pi On Ya
Engineering students at the University of Alberta will again raise money for a worthy cause through the Pi Throw. As well, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will host an open house with a number of activities.

The March 1 open house will include computer engineering program displays and lab tours, engineering physics program displays, nanofabrication facility tours, electrical engineering program displays and lab tours, and engineering student projects such as the Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Project and the Autonomous Aerial Robotics Group.

Students are also holding a National Engineering & Geoscience Week banquet on March 3 for alumni, professionals, sponsors, faculty and students.

If your company or organization plans an event during this special week, please contact APEGGA to have it added to the events list on the APEGGA website and in the newspaper supplement published in the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald.

Celebrations with Students
During the week, APEGGA will sponsor the Provincial School Challenge. This event encourages students across Alberta to think creatively and use learned math and science concepts to solve problems.

This year's challenge for students in Grades 1-6 is to make the strongest and lightest chair possible using newspapers. Students in Grades 7-12 face the challenge of building a vehicle powered solely by the energy of a standard-sized mousetrap.

Each winning team will receive a cash prize for its school.
Students will also experiment, create and race against each other and the clock to win gold in this year's science olympics, being held in several Alberta communities. These olympics aren't about physical strength and stamina — they're about problem-solving skills and cooperation, as teams pit their knowledge and skills against each other.

APEGGA sponsors the science olympics to promote excellence and innovation in science learning for elementary, junior and senior high school students. Science olympics is a fun-filled and stimulating event. Pre-registered student teams discover first-hand the connection between classroom concepts and their practical, everyday applications.

Students will compete in a series of planned and mystery events designed to test their knowledge of scientific processes, challenge their skills and consider practical and unconventional solutions to unique problems.

The Calgary APEGGA Science Olympics will take place Feb. 26 in the Big 4 Building at Stampede Park. Edmonton hosts its science olympics on March 5 at the Shaw Conference Centre. Science olympics will also be held in Grande Prairie on Feb 26 at Grande Prairie Composite High School.


Would you like to find out more or get involved?

Visit www.apegga.org/NEGW


Contact Heather Frantz in Calgary
tel. 403-262-7714
e-mail hfrantz@apegga.org

Jeanne Keaschuk in Edmonton
tel. 780-426-3990, 1-800-661-7020
e-mail jkeaschuk@apegga.org


National Engineering & Geoscience Week
February 25-March 6, 2005
  • February 21-March 4
    Food Structure Challenge

  • February 24
    NEGW newspaper supplement published in
    Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald

  • February 25
    Edmonton NEGW Kick-Off
    12-1 p.m.
    Edmonton City Centre West (in front of Grand & Toy and between escalators)

  • Calgary NEGW Kick-Off
    12-1 p.m.
    Fluor Canada
    Atrium, 55 Sunpark Plaza S.E.

  • February 25-March 6
    Provincial School Challenge (Grades 1-12)
    Province-wide during NEGW

  • February 26
    Calgary APEGGA Science Olympics (Grades 1-12)
    8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Big 4 Building, Stampede Park

  • Peace Country APEGGA Science Olympics
    (Grades 7-12)
    12:30-4:30 p.m.
    Grande Prairie Composite High School

  • February 28
    University of Alberta Pancake Breakfast
    8:30-11 a.m.
    Engineering Teaching and Learning Centre, U of A

  • February 28-March 4
    University of Alberta Pi Throw

  • March 1
    University of Alberta Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Open House
    5-8 p.m.
    Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex, U of A

  • March 2
    Visions of Things to Come project and poster display
    Central Academic Building, University of Alberta

  • March 3
    University of Alberta NEGW Banquet
    7 p.m.
    Faculty Club, U of A

  • March 5
    Edmonton Science Olympics (Grades 1-12)
    8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Shaw Conference Centre

For more information on these events, please visit www.apegga.org/NEGW/events.html.

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