Sherwood Park, AB. — Media, families and community members are invited to join junior high science students from SouthPointe School on June 6 as they showcase prototypes they’ve designed to help individuals and communities survive natural disasters. Funded by a grant from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the science project is helping students understand how the engineering and geology lessons they’re learning in class can be applied to real-world situations.

Last year, SouthPointe School received a grant from APEGA to fund a science project that would help students develop competencies in science and engineering. Jenn O’Neil, the junior high science teacher at SouthPointe, asked students to come up with a design for a product or structure that could aid individuals and communities during the natural disaster of their choice. “The freedom we’ve been given through this grant has allowed students to follow their own lines of questioning in their research, and develop prototypes specific to their interests,” says O’Neil. “The passion they’ve demonstrated has led to more emotional investment in the course material, and greater retention overall.”

The projects are as diverse as the students themselves, and include concepts like volcano-proof buildings, water purification systems and much more. The students will be showing off the prototypes they’ve created and answering questions about the research and design process that informed their final products. “We want to help save lives and property that are threatened by wildfires,” say Kaden and Cole, two Grade 7 students who have created a prototype of a remote controlled water tanker. “It’s important, because it’s a topic that impacts so many in Alberta and around the world.”

“We’re so happy, and thankful to APEGA, to have the opportunity to develop this program,” says O’Neil. “I always like to end my science units with a summative, hands-on project. The grant has allowed us to be more ambitious and given students the opportunity to be more free and creative than they otherwise would be able to.”

Representatives of the media, family and community are invited to join students as they show off their new creations.

Event Details:
Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: SouthPointe School; 11 SouthPointe Blvd; Fort Saskatchewan


SouthPointe School is a kindergarten to Grade 7 school serving 420 students and is one of 43 schools within Elk Island Public Schools. More information about the school is available at




For more information contact:
Jenn O’Neil, Teacher, SouthPointe School, 780-998-2747
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902