Sherwood Park, AB. — More than 100 junior high scientists from across Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are getting the opportunity to dive into a variety of hands-on science activities during the 2019 Young Scientist Conference on May 11. “I’m excited to have a chance to learn about the inner workings of the brain,” says Trinity Korop, a junior high student at Vegreville Composite High. “It’s a topic I’ve always been interested and I’d love to see how that knowledge gets used in a career.”

Throughout the day, students in grades 7 to 9 are taking part in three small-group sessions—of their choice—to learn more about the role science plays in their daily lives. Session topics include accident investigations, math through coding, mammalian brain surgery, exploring Minecraft algorithms, wildlife rehabilitation, DNA extraction and more.

“The Young Scientist Conference offers students the chance to see science at work in a variety of disciplines, to participate in hands-on activities and learn from a number of science professionals,” says Barb Percy, a Numeracy Consultant at EIPS. “Year after year, students come away from the conference amazed by the range of subjects available and what they were able to learn throughout the day.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Ingrid Pederson, a corrosion-prevention engineering specialist at Enbridge Pipelines. Her mentoring and outreach efforts in science and engineering have resulted in two provincewide awards, including Alberta’s 2014 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award. Pederson will talk with students about her overall love of science, the important work taking place in the industry and why they too should consider careers in the science sector.

The final activity of the day is an engineering challenge, which tasks participants to solve a particular science-related problem. The school group that wins is honoured with the annual Young Scientist Conference banner, which is displayed at the school year round.

Hosted by the University of Alberta, in partnership with Sherritt International Corp., the Young Scientist Conference is an annual event open to junior high students from EIPS, Elk Island Catholic Schools and Sturgeon School Division.

Representatives of the media, family and community are invited to join students as they take part in this year’s Young Scientist Conference activities.


Event Details:
Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: University of Alberta; 11335 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton
Building: Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre


EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 43 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.




For more information contact:
Barb Percy, Numeracy Consultant, Supports for Students, EIPS 780-417-8114
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204, Cell 780-405-4902