On May 26th and 27th, 2018, BrainSTEM Alliance partnered with Youth Computing and the Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network to host Fort McMurray’s first ever community hackathon and technology conference at Keyano College, called Community Code Day. The event was a huge success with over 100 participants, 8 hackathon teams, and over 12 hours of speakers and free workshop sessions open to the public. A highlight video from the event can be found on YouTube here: Community Code Day Highlight Video. Filmed and edited by Slone McGowan.
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!
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. In 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.
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’.
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!