BrainSTEM Alliance


High River READesign – November 2017

The High River Library in partnership with BrainSTEM Alliance is excited to bring a new session of the Project READesign program to High River this November 2017!

Join other curious and inventive youth age 10-14 years in designing, building, and testing devices to solve problems for…

Anne and characters from “Anne of Green Gables”

by L.M. Montgomery


Rudy Miller and characters from “I Want to Go Home!”

by Gordon Korman

Canadian authors, in honor of Canada’s 150th!

Program runs Saturdays – November 4, 18, 25, and December 2, 2017 from 1-3:30PM at the High River Library

Contact the friendly Library staff at 403-652-2917 to register and pick your book for the program.

Too old for the program, but interested in volunteering? Contact Gillian at for more details on getting involved!
Register to volunteer at Volunteer Signup



An Engineer’s Infectious Passion

Host of IMPACT Radio and Director of Communications and Community Impact at the United Way of Fort McMurray, Russell Thomas, recently penned an article on our founder D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika.

Read the full story in the Fort McMurray Today here:

Or view the pdf here: Fort-McMurray-Today-e-edition-DAndre

Thanks Russell for the kind words!


2017 WBRL READesign Challenge – Fort McKay

On July 25th, we partnered with the WBRL again to host the READesign Challenge in Fort McKay! We had a total of 16 students, 6 boys and 10 girls, participate in the session. They worked in teams to read a book and solve the problem using engineering design. They had to choose their materials from the ‘store’ and keep within a specified budget as they designed their engineering solutions.



BrainSTEM Alliance was featured on IMPACT Radio this past week! Our founder, D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika was featured as one of the 100 Faces of United Way. She spoke on 91.1 The Bridge Radio about some of the programming we have done and the exciting initiatives on the way!

Take a listen here:


2017 WBRL READesign Challenge – Fort McMurray

On April 23rd, 2017, the first READesign Challenge was hosted at the WBRL in Fort McMurray. A total of eight students aged 8-10 stepped up to the challenge! Each pair had to search the library shelves for a book. Within the 2 hours they read the book, decided on a problem in the book and the criteria for their solution. Then they had to go shopping for supplies to build their solution! Each team got a total of 100 credits to work with.


2016 Operation SMART Program

The 2016 Operation SMART program took place from September 10th to November 5th and hosted 23 girls aged 9-14. These girls ranged from grades 4 to 9 with an average age of 11 years old. Each week of the program the girls were introduced to a different engineering discipline, exploring engineering design concepts and hands-on learning activities.


YMCA Fun Fridays

In 2015, partnered with the YMCA of Wood Buffalo to coordinate some STEAM activities as a part of their Fun Fridays. On the school-off Fridays we coordinated science sessions for children and youth.