BrainSTEM Alliance


High River READesign – March 2018

BrainSTEM Alliance is excited to once again partner with the High River Library to bring Project READesign to High River!

Program Poster - March 2018

Students will design, build, and test prototype devices to solve problems for characters from… “Vacation under the Volcano” by Mary Pope Osborne.

Book Jacket - Volcano

Prepare for some explosive experimentation and tasty treats as students solve problems for Jack and Annie during their visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii!

Are you an enthusiastic volunteer who wants to help out during this program? Sign up on our volunteer page – here!


APEGA Magazine Cover Story!

The APEGA Foundation has been supporting our programming for the past few years. Shortly after the 2016 Wood Buffalo fires, we implemented a new program called READesign.

Thanks to the support of APEGA, the Canadian Red Cross and other key contributors, this program has been a huge success so far, being implemented across rural communities of Wood Buffalo as well as for those in High River affected by the flooding a few years ago. The program is even beginning to expand outside of Alberta!

The success of this program has been beautifully highlighted in the Winter 2017 edition of the APEGA Magazine as their cover story ‘Plot Devices’. Read the full magazine here:


2017 WBRL READesign Challenge – Anzac

In November 2017, we headed out with the WBRL to the Anzac Community School to do our final READesign Challenge of 2017! We had a younger group of kids aged 5-7, but they still had a blast, reading books and coming up with fun engineering solutions using electrical kits, wheels and tons of crafts!


YMM Magazine Top 50 under 50

BrainSTEM Alliance founder, D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika, was featured as one of 2017’s top 50 under 50 by YMM Magazine! D’Andre was honored for all of the work she has done to promote STEM! Congrats! Read the full article here:


2017 Operation SMART Program

The 2017 Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Operation SMART Program ran from September 16th to November 4th with a total of seven sessions introducing girls aged 10-14 to different STEM fields. The program had over 20 different STEM professionals from the Oil Sands industry and the surrounding Wood Buffalo region come out to speak to the girls and to facilitate activities related to different science and engineering professions.


Sarnia Library READesign Program

READesign has been such a huge success in Alberta that we decided to bring it to Ontario!

On November 7th, BrainSTEM Alliance, in collaboration with Lambton County, hosted our inaugural  Ontario READesign event at the Sarnia Library.

We had over 25 Beaver Scouts in attendance that evening. The Beaver Scouts, aged between 5 and 7, were put in 6 groups, each with a Scout Guide, for a fun evening of using the engineering design process to create solutions for story book characters.


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…