Budding geoscientists and engineers from across the province are invited to show off their creativity and problem-solving skills at the APEGA Science Olympics! Take learning beyond the classroom with these interactive, inter-school events for students in grades 1 through 12.

Through a series of fun problem-solving challenges, students will learn about engineering and geoscience and see first-hand how these professions play into our daily lives. The 2023 APEGA Science Olympics allow students to participate in person or virtually. The in-person event in Edmonton will take place in the University of Alberta’s Butterdome on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Eager to participate? You can register here.

Registered students will be separated into four divisions based on their grade levels:

  • Division 1 | Grades 1-3
  • Division 2 | Grades 4-6
  • Division 3 | Grades 7-9
  • Division 4 | Grades 10-12

Leading up to the event, participants will use their skills and innovative ideas to craft creative solutions to various challenges. The challenges have been developed by professional engineers and geoscientists, as well as local teachers, and cover a range of scientific topics relating to the Alberta school curriculum.

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The Challenges

There are typically two types of challenges at an APEGA Science Olympics event:

  • Classroom challenges will be built and completed by student teams before the event and brought to the venue for on-site testing and judging. This gives the students an opportunity to work through the engineering design process, with plenty of teamwork, communication, and time to problem-solve.
  • Mystery challenges will be assigned to student teams on the day of the event. This will allow them to further test their new-found engineering knowledge and skills in a quick-thinking and exciting challenge.

Challenge details for the Edmonton event will be released on November 17. We encourage teams to register early so they have plenty of time to complete their project. A committee of members from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) will evaluate each submission against a given list of criteria.

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All submissions will receive feedback, and participants will receive a certificate corresponding to their overall achievement. Projects will be evaluated using the challenge rubric and given a numerical score. Cumulative scores will be measured against set point thresholds to determine final rankings, which may result in multiple participants receiving gold, silver, bronze, or participant acknowledgement.

Registration for the APEGA Science Olympics can be completed online. Click here to register.

APEGA Science Olympics 2023:

Edmonton event: Sunday, February 26, 2023, at the University of Alberta Pavilion (Butterdome)
Virtual challenge submission deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Calgary event: Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval
Website: www.apega.ca