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High River READesign – Fall 2019

Returning to the High River Library in November 2019, is the exciting Engineering program, Project READesign!

READesign incorporates elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) into a learning experience where participants use the Engineering Design Process to solve problems for characters in a story. In this session, we are reading an old favorite – Mary Pope Osbourne’s “Vacation Under the Volcano”.


2019 Girl Empowerment Day

October 11th is known as International Day of the Girl and this year we were invited to be a part of Father Patrick Mecredi High School‘s Girl Empowerment Day. 27 girls in grades 7 to 9 were invited for a day of empowerment with 6 local female mentors.


2019 WBRL READesign Challenge – Janvier/Conklin

On October 9th, 2019, we traveled with the Wood Buffalo Regional Library to Janvier and Conklin to host the READesign challenge with the students at schools in those areas. We were able to serve 47 students from kindergarten to grade 6 and read 9 different books all with different problems and engineering solutions!


Bahamas Fundraiser – STEAM Tea Party

Our founder, D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika, was born and raised in the Bahamas. On September 1st, 2019, Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hit the islands of the Bahamas causing devastating damage.


University of Waterloo Ecology Lab ‘Wormshop’

On July 3rd 2019, Ambassador Shefaza hosted a ‘Wormshop’ at the University of Waterloo Ecology Lab, as a part of the EnviroSTEM program. Participants learned about the anatomy of composting worms and how to make their own composting bins.


Indigenous EnviroSTEM

On Saturday August 17th, 2019, we offered our first Indigenous EnviroSTEM! We combined some of our EnviroSTEM activities with Indigenous knowledge of local plants thanks to partnership with the Nistawoyou Friendship Centre. We were able to host 15 children, 5 youth and 16 adults at the Justin Slade Youth Foundation for this event!


2019 WBRL READesign Challenge – Fort McMurray

For the past 3 years we have been partnering with the Wood Buffalo Regional Library to host the Ultimate READesign Challenge in various locations across Wood Buffalo including, Fort McMurray, Fort McKay, Anzac and Fort Chipweyan. This year we came back to Fort McMurray once again as a part of the library’s Summer STEM Club program.