In a world gone virtual, how can we inspire our kids to hands-on learning, creativity, and scientific discovery?
Interactive learning trumps the dry reading of a textbook any day! In our fast-paced, technological world, we want our kids to be engaged in their own learning and understanding, plus enjoying their passions. The APEGA Science Olympics is an Albertan tradition that meets this challenge. This interactive, inter-school, science-packed event for students in grades 1 – 12 offers the opportunity to put creativity and science knowledge to the test by turning everyday objects into engineering marvels and solving geoscience mysteries. While the actual in-person event has been cancelled in 2022, kids can still get involved in discovery with the virtual APEGA Science Olympics!
What is it?
The APEGA Science Olympics are not like a science fair, where students focus on the scientific process of developing and testing a hypothesis. They instead focus on the engineering design process to solve a problem. Kids ask questions, research, imagine, and plan before they create, test, and improve.
How do you lift the most weight? Build the most effective car bumper? How much force can your building withstand? What will you do to power a machine with water? Your kids can be exposed to the fields of engineering and geoscience while thinking and creating, individually or with a classroom. Communication, teamwork, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills are the fantastic natural outcomes of these projects. Many areas of scientific study are covered while students learn to develop innovative ideas.
With the virtual edition of the APEGA Science Olympics, kids can participate as a classroom or individually. They are given a series of problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of engineering and geoscience and allow students to see first-hand how these fields impact our everyday lives. All the challenges are related to the Alberta school curricula and have been developed by workgroups comprising of APEGA professional engineers and professional geoscientists, as well as local teachers.
Challenges will be submitted by video and judged according to specific, understandable rubrics. All students will receive feedback on the challenges to see what worked, what didn’t, and the science behind it all. The APEGA Science Olympics will inspire critical thinking in our students. You’ll be amazed at what your child can accomplish!
There are two options to register in the virtual APEGA Science Olympics: as an individual student or as a classroom. Classroom registration is, of course, completed by a teacher, for the students in the class. Unlike other years, there is no requirement to work in teams this year. If you would like to register your child, individual registration can be completed by a parent or guardian on behalf of a Grade 1-12 student. Classroom registrations will be evaluated separately from individual registrations and don’t forget that it’s all FREE.
Be sure to register for the APEGA Science Olympics by February 4, 2022, with challenges released upon registration. (Registrations will be accepted after February 4, 2022, but students will have less time to complete the challenge.) Students will need to submit their challenges by May 19, 2022, and you can find the general information package here. The final challenge results, rubrics, and a wrap-up video will be shared with registrants in June 2022.
Talk to your kids, talk to their teachers, and get registered for creativity and discovery!
APEGA Science Olympics:
When: Registration Deadline: February 4, 2022; Challenges Due: May 19, 2022