It was a lightbulb moment for me.

I distinctly remember the buzz that ran through my upper elementary school the day we got to build and launch rockets. It’s an event I fondly remember – one that sparked in me an interest in space that continues to this day – an interest I’m excited to now share with my daughters.

APEGA – the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta – wants to help create more lightbulb moments in classrooms all over our province. That’s why they created the APEGA Innovation in Education Awards. The awards offer Alberta students the chance to be creative, innovative and imaginative – and win money that will support turning their inventions into realities!

Entrants must demonstrate the use of engineering and geoscience concepts in classroom projects, whether they’re new inventions or problem solving tools. APEGA will present awards of up to $5,000 each (totalling $55,000) to help fund these exciting and educational classroom initiatives all over the province! Past winners have included student projects to create everything from alternative energy sources to robotic recycling systems.

But wait, there’s more!

2020 marks APEGA’s centennial and to celebrate, they’re adding an additional, extra-special award! One recipient will earn up to $10,000 for a project that will not only meet the Innovation in Education Award criteria, but will also go beyond the classroom, fostering community engagement and offering a positive impact to society.

So how can your child’s classroom get involved? Teachers, administrators and support staff members of Grade 1 to 12 schools can learn about the awards criteria and apply HERE. Applications must be in by April 5, 2020, and projects must be completed between September 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.

APEGA innovation in education

APEGA Innovation in Education Awards:

When: apply by April 5, 2020.