On October 9th, 2019, we traveled with the Wood Buffalo Regional Library to Janvier and Conklin to host the READesign challenge with the students at schools in those areas. We were able to serve 47 students from kindergarten to grade 6 and read 9 different books all with different problems and engineering solutions!
Our founder, D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika, was born and raised in the Bahamas. On September 1st, 2019, Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hit the islands of the Bahamas causing devastating damage.
In response to this, BrainSTEM Alliance is showing support by hosting a fundraiser as a part of our STEAM Tea Party event with the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. All funds raised through the registration fees of this event will go towards purchasing school supplies and STEM kits for students in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. BrainSTEM Alliance will be collaborating with a local organization Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement to identify students and distribute the kits to those in need.
If you wish to support by attending this event or by making a donation, please see the eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/steam-tea-party-fall-into-winter-bahamas-fundraiser-event-tickets-73311246913
On July 3rd 2019, Ambassador Shefaza hosted a ‘Wormshop’ at the University of Waterloo Ecology Lab, as a part of the EnviroSTEM program. Participants learned about the anatomy of composting worms and how to make their own composting bins.
On Saturday August 17th, 2019, we offered our first Indigenous EnviroSTEM! We combined some of our EnviroSTEM activities with Indigenous knowledge of local plants thanks to partnership with the Nistawoyou Friendship Centre. We were able to host 15 children, 5 youth and 16 adults at the Justin Slade Youth Foundation for this event!
For the past 3 years we have been partnering with the Wood Buffalo Regional Library to host the Ultimate READesign Challenge in various locations across Wood Buffalo including, Fort McMurray, Fort McKay, Anzac and Fort Chipweyan. This year we came back to Fort McMurray once again as a part of the library’s Summer STEM Club program.
On June 15th, 2019, BrainSTEM Alliance hosted its first STEAM Tea Party at the Oil Sands Discover Centre thanks to sponsorship from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The event allowed for community members of all ages to come out and learn about food science and engineering in a fun tea party setting!