February has been nationally recognized as Black History Month in Canada since 1995; when a motion put forward by Honorable Jean Augustine was unanimously passed in the House of Commons. BrainSTEM Alliance partnered with Rehoboth Alliance for the first time to bring STEM activities to the youth of the Fort McMurray Afro-Canadian community.
For the month of February, BrainSTEM Calgary partnered with Big Brothers Big Sister Calgary (BBBS) on a frigid (-24°C) Saturday morning for the monthly Big Sisters Little Sisters activity themed: BIG STEM NIGHT.
On November 3rd, 2018, in partnership with the Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network and Youth Computing, we hosted the first annual Launch Wood Buffalo entrepreneurship conference at Keyano College. The full day event included speakers, workshops and panel discussions and concluded with a community pitch competition with a chance to win a cash prize!
Following up on the 2017 Sarnia READesign program, we once again partnered with the Sarnia Library to host monthly READesign session for Scouts Canada. Each session, we had an average of 20 very eager and energetic 5-7 year olds ready to read and be an engineer for a night. Over the time running the READesign sessions, we were able to reach close to 100 students and without fail, there were always a few kids who would say that being an engineer is fun and that they would like to do this everyday!
On May 8th, 2018, one of our ambassadors, Shefaza Esmail, launched the Wood Buffalo EnviroSTEM program. She worked with volunteers at the Waterloo Aboriginal Centre to present two workshops: vermicomposting and water filtration. A total of 8 indigenous students were in attendance with their 3 chaperones.