APEGGA Spearheads Engineering and
Geoscience Week Activities

New Events Added as Schools, Professionals, Students and Others Showcase the Sciences in a Fun Way

Scientific Albertans
From top, Edmonton Science Olympians show their work – and their enthusiasm; members of the City of Calgary team help kick of National Engineering & Geoscience Week in their city; and Mountain View School students take part in one of the week’s science nights, which are a first for the annual series of APEGGA-sponsored events.

Public Relations Coordinator

APEGGA professionals, students and the public took math and science out of the classroom and into the hands-on world to celebrate National Engineering & Geoscience Week, Feb. 27 to March 7. Featuring Science Olympics, a bridge building competition and much more, the week helped increase public awareness about the important roles that engineers, geologists and geophysicists play in our everyday lives.

This year’s theme, Visions of Things to Come, reminded us there is more to come from these talented professionals. Across the province, APEGGA sponsored events and activities to showcase the impressive work engineers and geoscientists do.

The week officially kicked off Feb. 27 with civic proclamations in communities throughout Alberta. Displays, corporate challenges and other celebratory activities took place at city and town halls to mark the start of celebrations.

For the ninth straight year, APEGGA teamed up with the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald to produce a special section highlighting the province’s vibrant engineering and geoscience communities. Reaching more than 700,000 households in Alberta, the supplement hit the streets of Edmonton Feb. 26 and Calgary Feb. 27. Advertising from APEGGA members, permit holders and employers of APEGGA professional supported the production of this promotional publication.

APEGGA also sponsored the Provincial School Challenge, which gave students across Alberta a chance to use the principles of physics in combination with structural and materials engineering principles. This year, students in Grades 1-12 were asked to design a bridge made of craft sticks (popularly known as a Popsicle stick bridge) that can hold as much weight as possible. Over 60 entries were received and winning teams will earn a cash prize for their schools.

Calgary Joins Science Olympics
Fred Flintstone-style cars and paper geodesic domes took centre stage at the Science Olympics, held in several Alberta communities. APEGGA sponsors the Science Olympics to promote excellence and innovation in science learning for elementary, junior and senior high school students.

Almost 200 students took part in APEGGA’s first Calgary Science Olympics, Feb. 28 in the Big 4 Building at Stampede Park. Edmonton’s Science Olympics attracted over 350 students to the Shaw Conference Centre on March 6.

Science Olympics were also held in Grande Prairie on March 13 and in Fort McMurray on March 20, with impressive turnouts and enthusiastic competitors.

APEGGA issued its first food structure challenge to members and organizations: build a food structure with non-perishable food items and after National Engineering & Geoscience Week, donate the food items to a charity of your choice. APEGGA hosted a website with photos of the food structures created and provided a certificate to each organization, acknowledging its participation.

Science Nights Held
APEGGA also launched Family Science Nights at elementary schools in Calgary and Edmonton. These were a huge success. Students, parents and school staff participated in the hands-on science activities and demonstrations staffed by APEGGA volunteers.

Engineering students at the University of Alberta joined the celebration of the week and hosted a variety of events, including the popular Pi Throw for Habitat for Humanity, and a new spring formal dinner for students and alumni.

Preliminary planning is underway for next year’s week. Plan to volunteer for one of the activities, get your kids involved, or just come out and be part of the fun and excitement.

APEGGA thanks the many volunteers and organizations who supported the many provincewide activities. National Engineering & Geoscience Week was a success because of their fine efforts.

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