BrainSTEM Alliance


Fall 2018 – READesign High River Program

BrainSTEM Alliance is excited to bring another READesign session to the High River Library this fall!

November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2018 from 1-3PM at the Library, students ages 10-14 years are invited to join us to build devices to rescue characters in our novel for this session, Hardy Boys #176 – In Plane Sight by Franklin W. Dixon, from some high flying dangerous situations!

Along the way we will be exploring concepts relating to the science of flight, exploring 3D design and 3D printing, and learning how to build with a variety of building materials.

Call the High River Library at 403-652-2917 to register today!

A fee of $50 per participant must be paid to the Library in order to participate. Ask about the Community Access Program for discounts from the Town of High River for community programs.


In Plane Sight cover

2018 WBRL READesign Challenge – Fort Chipewyan

On July 9th, 2018, members of BrainSTEM Alliance joined the WBRL rural services team on a flight up to Fort Chipewyan to host the READesign program with the Athabasca Delta Community School. There were 13 students, 6 boys and 7 girls, ages 5-12, that took place in the program, reading books and designing engineering solutions for the characters.


Community Code Day – Arts and Culture

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.


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. 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.


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’.