APEGGA Science & Technology
Activities a Great Success

Public Relations Coordinator

The Stories They Tell
Volunteers check out rocks for children attending the Edmonton clinic.

Science & Technology Week 2004 has wrapped up and APEGGA’s celebratory events met with great success throughout the province. The week, which ran Oct. 8-17 this year, annually celebrates and promotes scientists, researchers and technologists in Alberta and encourages students to pursue careers in the sciences.

The Edmonton Rock & Fossil Clinic, Oct. 16 at the Odyssium, attracted about 50 participants. The event had children and adults bring their found rocks and fossils for identification by professional geologists and university geology students.

APEGGA hosted a similar clinic in Canmore on Oct. 23. Held at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, the event had over 75 people braving the winter conditions to participate.

Also on hand was Greg Lynch, P.Geol., who gave two presentations on the structural geology of the mountains. Visitors to the museum were also able to participate in hands-on science activities hosted by APEGGA volunteers and members.

Both rock and fossil clinics were hosted by Geoff Harding, Geol.I.T. (see accompanying article). Geoff also hosted the Calgary Science Network Pet Rock and Fossil Clinic at the Crowfoot Library in Calgary on Oct. 23.

Hands-on mall science was also a popular event during Science & Technology Week. APEGGA participated in the Calgary Mall Science activities at Market Mall on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Between 300-500 people passed by the APEGGA table. Ten APEGGA volunteers assisted the public with hands-on science activities.

In Edmonton, APEGGA members and volunteers offered fun, hands-on science activities as part of the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Mall Science Event. Science displays and activities were set up at Sherwood Park Mall, Bonnie Doon Mall, Southgate Centre Mall and West Edmonton Mall. At West Edmonton Mall alone, over 500 people passed the displays.

Branches also got in on the fun. The Medicine Hat Branch participated in the Defense Research & Development Canada Lunchtime Challenge on Oct. 12. Held at Canadian Forces Base Suffield over the lunch hour, DRDC staff competed in individual and team science challenges.

The branch also hosted a display during the Praxis Family Science Olympics. Held Oct. 16 at Medicine Hat High School, the event offered 10 hands-on science challenges for family teams.

APEGGA members in Grande Prairie hosted a fun night of hands-on science challenges for families of St. Clement Catholic High School on Oct. 14. Approximately 200 parents and children were on hand for the science fun.

In Fort McMurray, APEGGA members assisted the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in presenting a fun science day for families. Held Oct. 16, the day consisted of displays, hands-on science activities, science performers, a “geo-caching” scavenger hunt, engineering challenges and more.

APEGGA members hosted a Library Science event at the Strathmore Library on Oct. 23. Approximately 40 children took part in the hands-on science activities.

This year’s Science & Technology Week website, hosted by Alberta Innovation and Science, offers a variety of contests and challenges for children, a calendar of upcoming events, information about different scientific careers and the popular Alberta Innovation documentary series first broadcast on Global Television.

Visitors to the site will also be able to order a free copy of a 2005 calendar featuring Alberta researchers and school children involved in science. Check out the site at www.scitechweek.gov.ab.ca.

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