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“I think it was a great allocation of funding since it brought my son perspectives on the careers he could pursue while tying it all back to the textbook.” — Professional engineer and parent
INNOVATION IN EDUCATION AWARDS
APEGA supports and advances the work of exceptional teachers and their STEM initiatives through our Innovation in Education Awards. Each year, we award up to 10 grants of $5,000 for hands- on, student-led projects that use engineering or geoscience to benefit the community.
In 2019, we selected the following projects: • Students will create a device that supports the independence of the residents of a local nursing home. • Students will build a robot that can semi-autonomously identify and dispose of hazardous waste (e.g., needles) without putting the operator at risk. • Working with a local environmental-assessment company, students will assess water and soil quality and natural habitat conditions. They will present their research to their city council. • Students will prototype hydroponic-growing systems to meet the needs of different community organizations (two projects). • As part of a water-usage and water-conservation project, students will prototype rain-collection systems.
At the university level, our focus shifts to showing engineering and geoscience students the ethical and regulatory requirements to becoming licensed professionals in Alberta.
We also host events providing practical advice on entering the workforce, such as résumé reviews, mock interviews, and industry mixers.
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