APEGGA members will play a major role as Alberta people and organizations celebrate Science and Technology Week, Oct. 7-16. The 10 days of activities will recognize the achievements of Alberta’s science and technology professionals, and are designed to inspire youth to pursue science-related careers.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, APEGGA participates in the launch of Science and Technology Week at the University of Calgary, along with the Hon. Victor Doerksen, Alberta Minister of Innovation and Science, and others. Activities will include booths with interactive displays as well as tours of the 3-D computer-automated visual environment at the Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology.
APEGGA will also host two of the always popular Rock & Fossil Clinics, a great event for both children and adults. Participants bring in objects for identification by geologists and university geology students.
Edmonton’s 12th annual clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Oct.15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the TELUS World of Science. Canmore’s clinic, which is in its second year, is scheduled for the same day and the same times, at the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre.
Anyone who wants to volunteer for either of these clinics should give staff a call. Red Deer north, contact Lindsay Malden at email@example.com, 780-426-3990 or 1-800-661-7020. South of Red Deer, contact Lindy Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 403-262-7714 in Calgary.
Branches have been encouraged to organize their own APEGGA events to celebrate the week, and to promote the geoscience and engineering professions. In past years, branches have held hands-on mall science activities, corporate and family team science challenges, science nights at local schools, and science events at libraries. Members can organize open houses or tours at work sites, or visit junior and senior high schools to deliver career-related presentations.
To find out more about activities scheduled in your community, visit the Science and Technology Week website at www.scitechweek.gov.ab.ca — but not until the week begins. This site, hosted by Alberta Innovation and Science, goes live on Oct. 7, and will contain a calendar of events, activities for children, and profiles of science and technology professionals.