BrainSTEM Alliance


FMBGC EnviroSTEM program

On Friday June 8th, we joined the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club for a day at the park. We did environmental and sustainability related activities. Students from the Summer Aboriginal Student program at Suncor Energy joined us and helped teach the students about local plants with a scavenger hunt through the park, and we made solar ovens to teach about sustainable energy!


2018 JSYF Makerspace

For the second year in a row we hosted makerspace sessions at the Justin Slade Youth Foundation. We met at the Dugout once a month to do some creative building. Each month we tackled a new theme.


READesign High River – March 2018 – Session 4

Our fourth and final session for Project READesign High River was held on March 24 at the High River Library in the W.O. Mitchell room.

Participants designed devices to rescue Jack and Annie, characters from “Vacation Under the Volcano” by Mary Pope Osbourne, from a ‘creek bed full of volcanic ash and pumice sand’ without touching the characters with their hands.┬áIn the book, the characters are rescued by a huge gladiator – Hercules – who is featured in the scroll that Jack and Annie are sent back to rescue from Pompeii in ancient roman times.


Project READesign High River – March 2018 – Day 2 & 3

Program Day 2 on March 10 saw students learn 3D design using TinkerCAD to create egg-head protection devices for Jack and Annie, characters in the Magic Treehouse series “Vacation Under the Volcano” novel by Mary Pope Osbourne.

Jack and Annie use pillows to protect their heads from falling volcanic rocks and ash, and the students were excited to design their own protective devices for testing with egg ‘heads’ and marble ‘rocks’.


Project READesign High River – March 2018 – Day 1


Saturday, March 3 was Day 1 for the 5th session of Project READesign at the High River Library!

Students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Build, Improve); they then put their new Engineering skills to work to design, build, and test marshmallow and toothpick ‘earthquake proof’ structures on a Jell-O earthquake zone!


Community Code Day – Fort McMurray’s first community Hackathon!

We are super excited to be partnering with Youth Computing and the Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network to host the first ever community Hackathon in May at Keyano College !

Check out for more information on how to register!


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!