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Sherwood Park, AB. — Close to 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 2017 Young Scientist Conference on May 13.

Throughout the day, students in grades 7 to 9 are taking part in three small group sessions of their choosing to learn more about the role science plays in their daily lives. Session topics include a space expedition, an introduction to aerodynamics and flight, mammalian brain surgery, investigating accident scenes, 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 Danielle Nelson, a consultant with Learning Services at EIPS. “Year after year, our students come away from the conference amazed by the many scientific discoveries they make throughout the day.”

The keynote speaker is Jen Duffy, the manager of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s Root & Shoots program and the founder of the Edmonton-based Tales from the Science Buffalo—an education outreach program with the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology at the University of Alberta. Duffy will take students on a journey around the globe detailing some of her life-changing experiences with people, animals and the environment. Along the way, students will learn about the vital roles science, compassion and people play in making the world a better place.

The final activity planned for the day is an engineering challenge, which tasks participants to solve a particular science-related problem. The winning school will take home the annual Young Scientist Conference banner, which can be displayed at the school year-round.

Hosted by the U of A, the Young Scientist Conference is an annual event sponsored by Agrium Inc. and is open to roughly 200 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. There will also be an opportunity to take photos and to speak with students about the event.

Event Details:
Date: May 13, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, University of Alberta, 11335 Saskatchewan Dr., Edmonton


EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,100 students in 42 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.

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For more information contact:
Danielle Nelson, consultant, Learning Services, Supports for Students, EIPS 780-417-8114
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902