BY JEANNE KEASCHUK
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Outreach is celebrating two great upcoming events - Alberta
Science & Technology Week, Oct. 10-19, and National Chemistry
Week, Oct. 18-25.
Around the province, Outreach volunteers are gearing up to
support these two weeks of activities. Volunteers will be
involved in a bevy of additional activities to raise public
awareness of the important roles science, engineering and
technology play in the lives of Albertans.
On Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, Edmonton Outreach will host hands-on
science and the Rock & Fossil Clinic (Oct. 18 only) at
the Odyssium. Other science groups, such as the University
of Alberta Student Engineering Projects and winners of Alberta
science fairs,will also be at the Odyssium to display their
On Oct. 11, Calgary Outreach will be at the Calgary Science
Centre along with the Calgary Science Network. Other branches
of APEGGA are also supporting Science & Tech Week with
fun activities, such as library science and school family
Check out the Alberta Innovation & Science website for
a list of provincial activities and contests. The site's address
appears with this article.
Outreach volunteers have long been supporters of National
Chemistry Week and will again join members of the Chemical
Institute of Canada in their annual "mall science"
activities, at malls in the Edmonton area and in Calgary.
Alberta Science and Technology Week
Supporting other science groups and their activities to promote
science, engineering and technology is an integral part of
the APEGGA Outreach program. Alberta is fortunate to have
a strong base of science related groups, organizations and
companies that sponsor a wide range of programs to promote
public awareness in the areas of science, math, engineering,
technology and related careers.
Just as the work of engineers, geologists and geophysicists
relies on the assistance of other science partners, so too
does the work of Outreach. APEGGA is aware of the many benefits
of pooling resources and collaborating on activities.
Friendships and Partnerships
Outreach has worked to build and develop partnerships and
friendships throughout the existence of the program. The work
of Outreach is enhanced when it works in tandem with others
and Outreach continues to seek new alliances in all its activities.
Outreach is proud of its long list of "friends of Outreach"
and its long-term involvement with groups including University
of Alberta WISEST program, WISE program, Science Alberta Foundation
and its provincial hotlines, Edmonton and Calgary Science
Fairs, University of Alberta Discover E science camps, University
of Calgary Minds in Motion summer camps, Operation Minerva,
Edmonton Regional Science Olympics Committee, Oil Sands Discovery
Centre, Calgary Science Centre and the Edmonton Odyssium.
Last Series Article
This is the last article on the Outreach program, which The
PEGG has run from June to October. The articles have been
published to inform members of the Outreach program and its
activities, which are helping to address three of the top
four roles that members requested APEGGA place more priority
on (APEGGA 2002 Member, Employer and General Public Opinion
- Promote, enhance and increase visibility of the professions
with the public.
- Promote public recognition and appreciation of the accomplishments
of your profession.
- Promote the importance of science and technology in Kindergarten
to Grade 12 as a step leading to future careers in the three
With your help, APEGGA and its Outreach program can do even
more to advance your priorities.