Alberta Science Network

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Volunteer profileOctober 20, 2016
Volunteer of the month is Alexander Diaz, Bachelor of Science - Physical Science, Data Analyst at Yardstick Inc.,
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region
Lexie began volunteering with ESON, ASN's predecessor in Edmonton.
He presents Grade 4 Light and Shadows and Grade 7 Light and Optical Systems, Grade 5 Weather Watch, and is working on a new Grade 6 Sky Science presentation.
Thank you Alexander!

September 29, 2016

Our Fall Newsletter is now online! Find out what's happening around the province, new PD opportunities and school programs for your region. Read it here.

June 28, 2016 ASN report to the community 2015

Inspiring the next generation!
That's what we do and our stats support it! ASN's Stakeholder Report for 2016 is available now.

This year we reached 65,799 grade 1 to 12 students and their
teachers. Read about our accomplishments here.

iPad WinnerJune 1, 2016
Congratulations Caitlan! We are pleased to announce that Caitlan Ferguson of Robert W. Zahara School, Grande Prairie won an iPad at the annual Walk Through the Forest held in May. Caitlan is shown here with her teacher Correy Stark.

April 21
ASN's spring newsletter is now online! Read it here...

Volunteer profileMay 13, 2016
Volunteer of the month is Lexie Farmer, M.Sc. Ecology, Senior Instructor, Mount Royal University
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region
Lexie began volunteering with ASN in 2011. She presents
Grade 1 Needs of Plants and Animals, Grade 2 Small Crawling Flying Animals, Grade 3 Animal Life Cycles, and Grade 5 Wetlands. Thank you Lexie!

April 11-17, 2016

ASN celebrates National Volunteer Week!
National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. At ASN we acknowledge that the key to all that we do is our passionate volunteers who share their enthusiasm for science and engineering with students and their teachers! Each day this week a new profile will be added to our volunteer profiles page - please check each day to read about some of the amazing people who volunteer with us!
Thank you to all ASN volunteers for getting kids excited about science!

Volunteer profileApril 16: Rick Scott, B. Sc. Botany, M.Sc. Plant Physiology, Instructor, Grande Prairie Regional College
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Grande Prairie Region

Volunteer profileApril 15: Richard de Boer, Sunwest Aviation, Private Pilot, President of the Calgary Chapter Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Founder & President Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region

Volunteer profileApril 14: Jessica Liggett, PhD Hydrogeology, Groundwater Specialist, Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Geological Survey
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region

Volunteer profileApril 13: Jonathan Barraclough, Glider Pilot Instructor, Canadian Forces
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region

Volunteer profileApril 12: Maya Akbari, Bachelor Electrical Engineering, Dalhousie University, specializing in Automation and Control, Commercial Building Design, and Robotics
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Grande Prairie Region

Volunteer profileApril 11: Heather Currie, P. Biol, B. Sc, AMEC-Foster-Wheeler
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region

January 27, 2016

ASN's winter newsletter is now online!
Read about our programs for schools, new PD workhops in Calgary and Edmonton and how you can volunteer to get kids exc!ted about sc!ence!

January 5, 2016

Our first volunteer profile of 2016 is Jay LavenderVolunteer profile
Jay began volunteering with ASN in Edmonton in 2013. He presents Grade 6 Sky Science and Grade 9 Space Exploration. Through the SEitC program, Jay has presented to 47 classes, equaling exactly 1200 students! Thank you Jay! Read more...


December 11, 2015

Ward Neale Award winner announcedVolunteer profile
At our recent AGM Nelson Epp was presented with the Ward Neale Award. This award is presented annually to an ASN volunteer who goes above and beyond our expectations.
Why does Nelson volunteer? Besides wanting to share his passion for engineering and giving back to the community, Nelson enjoys the opportunity to get out from behind his desk! Since 2011 he has given 72 presentations in the Capital Region. Read more...

November 24, 2015

Our volunteer profile this month is of Dave Fowlow.
Volunteer profileDave began volunteering with ASN's predecessor CSN in 2001. Since then he has presented at 16 Teacher Workshops, and made 152 school visits, totalling 270 presentations to 9996 teachers and students! Thank you Dave! Read more...

October 16, 2015

Our volunteer profile this month is of Ana Tanaka EIT
Volunteer profileAna began volunteering with ASN in Grande Prairie in 2015. She recently presented at the Tour of Alberta cycling race in early September, where hundreds of young students from Grande Prairie came out to the finish line to not only cheer on the participants, but to also learn about the science behind cycling. Numerous science stations were set up and Ana created and ran the Grade 6 Air and Aerodynamics station. Thank you Ana! Read more...

September 17, 2015

Read our Fall 2015 newsletter.
In this issue there is news by region, links to our programs and other resources, plus great PD and volunteer opportunities. View it here...

September 15, 2015

ASN report to the community 2015Another terrific year!
ASN's Report to the Community has just been released. Read about our accomplishments for this first full year of operations as Alberta Science Network.

We have increased our reach and teacher feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Over 85% of our classroom presentations are for students in grades 1 to 6 (ages
6 to 11) and yet in response to the extremely forward looking statement “In
future years my students are more likely to pursue science topics and potentially
science careers as a result of this presentation”, 71% of teachers either agreed
(40%) or strongly agreed (31%).
"Clearly in the opinion of teachers, Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom does indeed inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers."

September 14, 2015

Our volunteer profile this month is of Amy Nixon
Volunteer profileShe is based in Edmonton and presents on Grade 4 Plant Growth and Changes, both in the classroom and to teachers within the Teacher Workshop program. Thank you Amy! Read more...

July 1, 2015

A big thank you!
SEitC activityReaching more than 1000 classrooms with a program delivered entirely by volunteers requires a lot of support and assistance. As the 2014-2015 school year ends, Alberta Science Network wishes to thank our volunteers. Approximately 180 scientists, engineers and subject matter experts participated in our Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom (SEitC) program this year, reaching approximately 27,650 students.

We also want to extend our most sincere thanks to our multi-year donors and supporters. The Government of Alberta is our largest financial partner and their ongoing annual support helps ensure our programs are offered at no cost to schools. The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is our SEitC program partner and their generous annual support and ongoing commitment is greatly appreciated. Many of our volunteers are APEGA members!

Finally, Alberta Science Network wishes to thank Fluor Canada and NALCO Champion for their loyal annual support of our programs. Not only do employees of this program volunteer with us, these two corporations provide financial support each year that covers the operating costs of our program.

Thank you Government of Alberta, APEGA, Fluor and NALCO Champion for supporting Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom!

June 23, 2015

New career opportunity for someone who is enthusiastic about science!
The Alberta Science Network is expanding its Teacher Workshops program to the Edmonton area. We are currently seeking a coordinator to manage these workshops. For more information, see our job advertisement HERE. Deadline for applications is July 17th or until a suitable applicant is found.

June 15, 2015


ASN board member, Mark Bellamy was recently honoured by Engineers Canada. This recognition follows his APEGA Summit Award in 2014. Mark’s work with SATC, Canada Wide Science Fair and ASN were contributing factors to his award. Congratulations Mark and thank you for all the work you do for ASN!

June 15, 2015

ASN wishes to thank multi-year supporter NALCO Champion for once again supporting the Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom program in 2014-2015. Due in part to their generous support, we were able to offer our programs at no cost to schools, reaching more than 900 classrooms in Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Thank you NALCO Champion! We are proud to be your partner in science outreach!

June 4, 2015

Our volunteer profile this month is of Robbie Halonen PhD
Volunteer profileRobbie is known for his demonstrations with a mobile planetarium as well as several other presentation topics. Thank you Robbie! Read more...

May 4, 2015

Our volunteer profile this month is of Peter Wright PhD
Volunteer profilePeter does presentations on a huge range of topics, judges science fairs, participates in large scale events and also co-leads Teacher Workshops. Thank you so much Peter! Read more...

April 30, 2015

Sincere thanks to the CIC Chemical Education Fund
Your support of Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom chemistry presentations will help us reach even more Alberta students in 2015!

April 27, 2015

Congratulations to ASN volunteer Anita Rossall, P. Eng., who was recognized by The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) with the 2015 Community Service Award! View the presentation below.

Volunteer profile The Community Service Award is presented to members of APEGA in recognition of an outstanding contribution made to society.
For more than 30 years, Anita Rossall, P.Eng., has been a driving force in bridging the gap between everyday engineering and the classroom. As a passionate mentor and volunteer, Ms. Rossall can often be seen volunteering with the Alberta Science Network's Scientists & Engineers in-the-Classroom program.
With a focus on demonstrating how science and engineering are not only integral to daily life, but fun as well, Ms. Rossall's classroom presentations are built around hands-on activities that challenge students to build a ski jump. By using a real-world scenario, the students see engineering in action and obtain a great deal of enjoyment from the process. Since 2006, Ms. Rossall has presented to more than 50 classrooms, reaching more than 1,500 students and their teachers.
Ms. Rossall has also served as president of the Alberta Science Literacy Association and president and board chair of the Calgary Science Network. Her leadership, commitment and enthusiasm played a pivotal role in integrating these two organizations into a province-wide model with the formation of the Alberta Science Network.