For Immediate Release
March 3, 2000

Engineering — Anything’s Possible!
Theme for National Engineering Week 2000


Edmonton, Alberta – Alberta’s professional engineers, geologists and geophysicists are making significant contributions to science — from electric cars to electrifying trips to outer space. National Engineering Week (NEW) 2000 (March 4-11) helps build awareness of the significant contributions engineers and geoscientists make to Alberta’s economy by highlighting professional achievements, as well as academic and career opportunities.

National Engineering Week is an annual public awareness event organized by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and provincial engineering and geoscience associations. NEW makes science and engineering more accessible to Albertans, particularly students and educators, through events and hands-on activities.

In celebration of National Engineering Week, The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) will be sponsoring a number of events around the province.

APEGGA sponsors the Edmonton Science Olympics, Saturday, March 11 at the Shaw Conference Centre. More than 500 students in grades 1 through 12 will put their knowledge of science to the test in an inter-school challenge that will see pre-registered student teams vie for medals and prizes.

This year, students have been asked to apply the principles of science they learn in the classroom to build paper chairs, catapults, straw bridges and robo-kickers. Mystery events revealed on the day of competition are designed to test teams’ abilities to problem-solve on short notice. The competition begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until approximately 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Due to its overwhelming success, Science Olympics is branching out this year — two more events will be held as well in Fort McMurray and Brooks on March 11.

Throughout the province, APEGGA volunteers will be visiting classrooms to talk about engineering and the geosciences.

Volunteers will be teaming up with local schools to compete in a provincial school challenge, building balloon buggies and Popsicle stick pillars and participate in local science nights.

Established in 1920, APEGGA’s mandate is to serve society by regulating, enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of engineering, geology and geophysics in Alberta.

For more information on National Engineering Week, APEGGA or a complete calendar of events, please visit the APEGGA student website at


For more information, contact:
Sherrell Steele
Manager, Public Relations Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (780) 426-3990 or Phone: (780) 426-3990 or
1-800-661-7020 (toll free) 1-800-661-7020 (toll free)
Fax: (780) 425-1722 Fax: (780) 425-1722

Carmen Killick
Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (403) 262-7714
Fax: (403) 269-2787