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May 8, 2018Volunteer profile

Volunteer in profile is Elaine Gordon MSc Botany, Ecology, Retired,
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region

Elaine has been volunteering with ASN in Edmonton since May 2016. She has done 18 classroom presentations to over 420 students. She presents Grade 4 Plant Growth and Changes and Grade 6 Trees and Forests. Thank you Elaine!
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April 15-21, 2018

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

April 10, 2018

ASN would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of Pratt & Whitney Canada for its support of our Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom program in the Lethbridge region. This donation will allow ASN volunteers in SW Alberta to purchase supplies and equipment to enhance their in-classroom presentations. With this funding from Pratt & Whitney Canada, ASN will get more kids excited about science! Thank you.

April 3, 2018Volunteer profile

ASN volunteer Gillian Hurst recently made presentations to four grade 4 classes at Spitzee Elementary School in High River.

"Gillian Hurst, a licensed mechanical engineer, was the volunteer guest speaker at Spitzee Elementary School as part of the Alberta Science Network’s Scientists & Engineers in the Classroom program on March 2."

All the kids were really excited to do it,” she told the Times. “They got to learn a little bit about how that related to simple machines, which is one of their units in science.”

Lesley Mercer, a Grade 4 teacher at Spitzee Elementary School, said it was exciting to afford the students an opportunity to learn from science professionals working in the community. Mercer said the school’s Grade 4 team was thrilled by the ASN’s project proposal and to have Hurst teach four of the classes about engineering and making and racing their own model cars. The children had the opportunity to be “mini-engineers,” through their ability to test what worked—and what didn’t—redesign and try their hands at racing a second time, she said.

Read the full article here... Courtesy of the High River Times

March 26, 2018Volunteer profile

Volunteer in profile is Crystal Parrell MSc Environmental Science, Ambient Air Specialist, Alberta Environment and Parks
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Edmonton Region

Crystal began volunteering with ASN in Edmonton in October, 2013. She presents Grade 5 Weather Watch, and she has made 37 presentations to 950 students.  Thank you Crystal!
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February 7, 2018Volunteer profile

Volunteer in profile is Kyle O’Keefe, PhD and Professor of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary,
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Calgary Region
Kyle began volunteering with ASN (formerly Calgary Science Network) in 2005. He presents Grade 9 Space Exploration, and also careers in Engineering to CALM (Career And Life Management) students. Kyle has made 25 presentations for ASN since 2005 to 735 students.  Thank you Kyle!
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January 16, 2018

Clément Laforce Award
Clément was for 20 years a tireless volunteer, Board member and booster for Praxis and the Alberta Science Literacy Association, ASN's predecessor, and for science and technology education, and advocacy for youth. He was an engineer who could read people, blue prints, organizational charts and budgets as well as anyone.
Praxis, ASN's affiliate in SE Alberta is requesting nomiations for this award. Members of the community in SE Alberta served by Praxis, volunteers or educators (at any level; primary, secondary and post-secondary), who have distinguished themselves in demonstrating or promoting science and technology for youth are eligible for this award. Nominations may be submitted at www.praxismh.ca using the on-line nomination form. The nomination deadline is January 31st, 2018.
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December 20, 2017

Ward Neale Award winner announcedVolunteer profile
At our 2017 AGM Alex Diaz was presented with the Ward Neale Award. This award is presented annually to an ASN volunteer who goes above and beyond our expectations.
Alex is an incredible volunteer, presenter, and educator. Both ASN and students in and around Edmonton are lucky to have him around. Read more...

November 27, 2017Volunteer profile
Volunteer of the month is Ted Haist, BSc Mechanical Engineering, Mining Autonomy Engineer, Finning Canada
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Red Deer Region
Ted began volunteering with ASN in Red Deer in 2016. He presents Grade 4 Wheels and Levers and has already made 12 presentations for ASN to 296 students. Thank you Ted!
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October 16, 2017Volunteer profile
Volunteer of the month is Eric Paxman, MSc Candidate, Neuroscience and Chemistry, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge
Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom volunteer, Lethbridge Region
Eric began volunteering with SATC (ASN) in Lethbridge in 2015. He presents Grade 2 Magnetism, Grade 2 Exploring Liquids and Grade 5 Electricity and Magnetism. Thank you Eric!
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July 28, 2017 ASN report to the community 2015

Bringing science to life!
We are pleased to share our Report to the Community for the year ended June 2017. Please read what we have accomplished this year and spread the word about how ASN gets kids excited about science!

This year we reached 68,239 grade 1 to 12 students and their
teachers with our programs. Read the details here...


Volunteer profile

June 14, 2017
ASN's Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom program was awarded the 2016 ASTech Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness Award earlier this year!
ASTech's recent newsletter acknowledged ASN's remarkable impact of the Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom program and profiled ASN volunteer John Whitbread P.Eng.
“More than any organization I’ve worked with, ASN provides both the guidance and the freedom to create opportunities for those moments to happen. When a student turns to me and says, ‘I love this!’ or ‘this is the best day of school ever!’, I know I’m participating in something very worthwhile,” said Whitbread, an electrical engineer at General Dynamics who  made engineering fun and practical during a presentation to the young students at Calgary’s West Springs School.
For the teachers, it is invaluable to have an expert from the field enter the classroom and demonstrate the real-world application of the lessons they teach. The goal of the ASN program is to make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) both hands-on and expert driven. The teachers said the expertise an engineer brings to the classroom provides the opportunity for engaging and authentic learning for both the teachers and the students, who are filled with questions and eager to further explore the concepts.
Read and subscribe to the ASTech Foundation Newsletter here...