Budding young geoscientists and engineers from across the province are invited to show off their creativity and problem-solving skills at the 2024 APEGA Science Olympics! Take learning beyond the classroom with these interactive, interschool events for students in grades 1–12. This year’s event in Edmonton will take place at the University of Alberta Butterdome on Sunday, April 7, 2024.

Through a series of fun, problem-solving challenges, students will learn about engineering and geoscience and see first-hand how these professions impact our daily lives. Ginny and Espen Take On Science Olympics Dock Clean-Up is a great example of an innovative approach to tackling these challenges. Remember, there is no right or wrong way for participants to find a solution!

Teams will consist of five students and one coach (a teacher or parent/guardian). 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. Volunteers, including members from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) will evaluate each submission against a given list of criteria.

  • Classroom challenges are 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 are assigned to student teams on the day of the event. This enables them to further test their new-found engineering knowledge and skills in a quick-thinking, exciting challenge.

We encourage teams to register early so they have plenty of time to complete their project. The event package with Classroom Challenge details will be emailed out to teams beginning January 8, 2024.


All submissions will receive feedback, and all participants will receive a small momento of their participation in the 2024 APEGA Science Olympics. Projects will be evaluated using the challenge rubric and teams will be given a numerical score for each challenge. 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.

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Register your Future Science Olympian Now

Talk to your kids, talk to their teachers, and don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for hands-on learning, creativity, and discovery! Registration for the APEGA Science Olympics can be completed online at apega.ca/science-olympics.

Edmonton Registration deadline: February 21, 2024, 11:59 p.m. MST
Calgary Registration deadline: February 8, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. MST

APEGA Science Olympics 2024:

Edmonton Event

When: Sunday, April 7, 2024
When: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome), University of Alberta
Address: 11440 87 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Website: www.apega.ca

Calgary Event

When: Saturday, May 25, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: University of Calgary Olympic Oval
Address: 288 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary
Website: www.apega.ca