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Science Expo is the largest student-run non-profit that connects high school students to the STEM community in Canada. We hail from Vancouver to Toronto, with a network of 100 active leaders reaching 120 high schools, representing a student body of over 60,000. Our three key programs: Conference, School Outreach, and Peer Mentorship, add value through transformational processes aimed to inspire, showcase opportunities, and to equip students with beyond-the-classroom learning.


This year's Alberta conference theme is Fusion 2015: Uniting Potential, meant to serve as a placeholder for a technology-based convention that incorporates interdisciplinary perspectives for a variety of STEM fields. There is an emphasis on the areas of sustainability and innovation, and how these two concepts relate in breaking down barriers in tech development.

High Profile Speakers

Such as Dr. Steve Mann, Father of wearable computing

Hands-On Learning

Through workshops and design challenges

Networking and exhibition

Dozens of exhibitors



Youth Panel


Dr. Patrick Pilarski

Enhancing Human Potential through Bionic Technology

Life is difficult. Because of the challenges that must be met and surmounted during daily life, humans often rely on technology to support us in our pursuits. One notable example is that of artificial limbs-mechanical and robotic systems designed to restore abilities lost when a biological limb is amputated. This talk will introduce the idea of bionic limbs in medicine. It will then showcase how artificial limb technology is driven forward by advances and innovators in the fields of medicine, engineering, and computing. Attendees will leave with clear view on the interdisciplinary nature of the field, and also an understanding of how we are using machine intelligence here at the University of Alberta to create better bionic arms and hands. Through visual examples and a live demonstration of a wearable robotic limb, attendees will further explore the challenges and opportunities that come from working with artificial limbs. We will then discuss exciting projects that bring inexpensive artificial limbs to people in developing communities, and the talk will close by suggesting accessible ways for attendees to begin building their own experience in the diverse area of bionic technology.


FREDsense - Robert Mayall

Robert is a Co-Founder of FREDsense Technologies, a young biotechnology startup which is creating automated sensor suites for water quality monitoring. The company was developed from a project in the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition, on which Robert was a team lead. Robert is heavily involved on the technical side of the company and enjoys the challenge of bringing a scientific project through to commercialization. Outside of FREDsense, Robert is a Vanier Scholar in Chemistry at the University of Calgary, where he is working towards a PhD on the development of next-generation biosensors for both health and military applications. In both projects Robert focuses on combining Chemistry and Biology in order to create new sensor designs that can be used in a variety of settings.

Innovating Environmental Solutions with Genetic Engineering

FREDsense Technologies is an early stage biotechnology company in Calgary working to design and build biosensors for contaminants in wastewater. Using a novel combination of genetic engineering, chemistry and electronics, we create sensors that allow the detection of a variety of contaminants in water faster and cheaper than any current methods. By utilizing the abilities naturally found in bacteria and simply rewiring them, we are able to make our sensors more sensitive and cost effective. This allows companies to save time and money and means we are better able to protect one of our world's most valuable resources. In this session we will explain the basics behind our technology and share the story of the evolution of our company. From a group of students competing in a genetic engineering competition, to filing our first patents and outfitting our own research lab, we have had an exciting journey. Come learn how genetic engineering is rapidly growing and can help solve some of our world's greatest challenges.


David Nedohin - SCOPE AR

As President and Co-Founder of Scope AR, David brings 15 years of entrepreneurial experience to this exciting Startup business that is revolutionizing modern industrial training, maintenance and field support through the integration of augmented reality solutions. David's career began as a professional Engineer, working in the consulting industry but not long afterwards, building his own successful Engineering Company in Edmonton. David has continued with his entrepreneurial spirit with several other endeavors over the last 15 years relating to both his engineering background and a love for technology integration. Along with a successful business career, David is also known as one of the best curlers to ever play the sport, with a record of 4 Canadian Championships and 3 World Titles to his name from 2001 - 2005. After retiring in 2013, David has now taken a role as commentator on TSN for Canada's national curling championships. With a wonderful family including wife, Heather and daughters Halle (13) and Alyssa (10), David has always remained adamant on maintaining a balance between business, sport, and family.


Entrepreneurship, The Reality Edition

Entrepreneurship is a form of adventure-the pursuit of grand objectives by individuals and groups that lack the means to guarantee success. And, as with other types of exploration, some dashing entrepreneurs trust in fate and show a flagrant (and sometimes fatal) disregard for planning, preparation and personal preservation. Like all irrational pursuits, adventures of this type are sustained by a cocktail of sophisticated myth and pathological optimism. As a species, the heroic entrepreneur--as romanticized by Hollywood, celebrated by Wall Street and found huddled on caffeine-stained mattresses in Silicon Valley founder flop houses--is a creature typically and tragically resistant to facts. Of course, an alternative strategy for dealing with complex unknowns is readily available. Widely known as "science", the rigorous and disciplined investigation of reality through hypothesis generation and experiment has a remarkably strong track record at sorting out fact from fiction. In this presentation, participants will have opportunities to do some start-up mythbusting by applying lessons learned in the high school lab to the development and marketing of innovative products. Evidence-based entrepreneurship may not catapult anyone to overnight fame and glory, but it is a way to increase the odds of venture success, whether the goal is to make a profit or a difference.

Dirk Trojan

Dirk Trojan is a Senior Consultant with the Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI) in St. Albert. Born and raised in rural Alberta, Dirk was accepted into Harvard pre-med (didn't go), did graduate work in political theory at another Ivy League school (didn't graduate) and is usually the only person in the room to have sold an over-hyped, high-end product to Steve Jobs (instead of the other way around). For the past two decades, Dirk has worked with all kinds of individuals and teams who are desperate to get something done but weren't sure either (a) what needs doing or (b) how to do it. His recent experiences supporting entrepreneurs engaged in the trench warfare of technology commercialization and venture creation have left some strong impressions about how not to go about these and other dangerous things (like mountaineering, house renovations and parenting, activities he also dabbles in). Since Dirk has a strong preference to share his thoughts with smart, enthusiastic people before they have a chance to blow it, he's very excited to be presenting at Science Expo.


Entrepreneurship, The Reality Edition

The process of meaningful learning is informed by how people learn (the philosophy and science of learning) and effective education (the art and science of teaching). This workshop will integrate the art, philosophy and science of teaching and learning and show you how you can improve your own learning.
Sarah Forgie has amalgamated her own experiences in science, education and arts to create an approach for teaching and learning that she calls "medutainment". Medutainment is entertaining education that is memorable and effective in changing thought or behavior. She will show you how memory hangers can be used as cues for building future knowledge. You will get a chance to use her medutainment techniques during the workshop, while learning about immunology and microbiology, and they will change how you study and how you remember.

Sarah Forgie

Professional: Sarah Forgie studied microbiology and immunology at the University of Toronto; and medicine and pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Manitoba. In 2003, she moved to Edmonton where she is currently a Professor in Pediatrics (Division of Infectious Diseases) at the University of Alberta. She completed her Masters of Education form the University of Alberta in 2014, and was recently recognized for her innovative and creative teaching techniques with a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Casual: WHO IS SARAH FORGIE, MD MEd FRCPC? She has been described as many things, including (but in no particular order):
     • Wife
     • Mother
     • Pediatric Infectious Diseases doc
     • Professor
     • Microbiologist
     • Science Expo presenter
     • Food Network aficionado
She is married to a very practical engineer, and mother of 4 children - Ella (in university), Jemma (in high school), RJ (in junior high) and Sam (in elementary school). Although she has many letters after her name for multiple degrees (requiring 17 years of school AFTER highschool), she claims to have learned a lot of her pediatrics and innovative teaching techniques from her children. Her favourite part of her job is teaching but she also likes experiments. She is known for doing microbiology experiments on Sharpie markers, pagers, cell phones and bubbles; teaching experiments using memory hangers on Instagram; and for her long-term commitment to disproving the theory that owning a dog can help you live longer.


3D Printing Workshop from Science Hackerspace (University of Alberta)

Journey with us into the wonderful and limitless world of 3D printing! In this session, we will look at the basics of 3D modeling and design using programs such as Blender. We'll also cover the process of 3D printing, including how the printers work, what they can and can't do, and what applications they have for the future. We'll look at the different types of 3D printers, touching on the pros and cons of various models, and 3D printing process which takes the model and gives it physical form. As well, there will be ongoing live demos of 3D printing for your viewing pleasure!

Tomas Robinson

Tomas Robinson is a born and raised Edmontonian, who graduated from Victoria School in 2008, and from the University of Alberta with a degree in Physics in 2012. He currently works with the University doing astronomy outreach for grades 6 and 9, as well as in the Science Hackerspace working with 3d printers and assisting students with projects. In his downtime he furthers his professional Esports career with his professional Dota 2 team, M A N G O B O Y Z.

Andrew Bernakevitch

Andrew Bernakevitch began work at The Shack in May of 2015, after finding out about a full-time student assistant position from the University of Alberta Undergraduate Physics Newsletter. He is a student in the Honours Mathematical Physics program at the University of Alberta and he has just completed his first year. At The Shack, as the full-time student, he was responsible for most of the 3D printing. Mainly, he worked in scheduling and running prints; booking/running tours, bootcamps, and tutorials; and managing, caring for, and running the 3D printers. He also worked in computer programming, web design, audio/video production, and Arduino. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games (especially Smash Bros.) and learning classical piano.


Let's Talk Science is presenting a biomedical workshop on the importance of blood groups and matching. If you have ever wanted to learn about what different blood groups mean, how blood transfusion works, what the positive and negative mean and who is a universal donor and a universal recipient this is the place it all happens!
We have a mock up trauma centre to teaching kids about all these things, as well as some history around blood transfusion and how this amazing and life saving technique was pioneered. And while you will learn all about blood, we also be using your newfound knowledge of all this blood to save four clowns that have had a car accident!
There is no better way to learn something than to put it into practice and with our hands on biomedical workshop you will soon learn the importance of blood typing and matching in a real world setting. (This workshop is recommended for ages 15-18 or Grades 9-12).


As a delegate, you will learn about what Destination Imagination is, how you can get involved, the exciting challenges this year and how instant challenges work. We will be working as teams to try out some instant challenges and see what solutions everyone arrives at. Get your creative thinking hats on and step on in to see where your imagination takes you!

Melissa Kluyt

Melissa has been involved with Destination Imagination for over 4 years. She is passionate about the program and is excited to see what each team comes up with for their solution every year. Based on STEM & Literacy, Destination Imagination not only teaches 21st century learning but also gives students the chance to build on their presentation skills, self-esteem and team building skills which Melissa lacked growing up and wished she had DI to help her along the way! Melissa is married and has two dogs, a mixed breed named Baxter and a sheltie named Sophie.


Marlene Rong

Marlene is currently a Grade 12 student at Ross Sheppard High School with a passion for youth engagement, leadership and empowerment. As president of her school's Students' Union, a member of the City of Edmonton Youth Council and a proactive member within the community, Marlene spends most of her days collaborating with others and encouraging them to succeed. STEM has always been a major part of her life, and in the future, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Marlene also enjoys playing the piano in her free time.


Isabella Tu

Isabella Tu is a first year medical student. Born and raised in Fort McMurray, she moved to Edmonton to purse a B.Sc. in Honors Neuroscience at the University of Alberta. Two years into her degree, she was accepted into the Faculty of Medicine at U of A. Over the course of high school and undergrad, Isabella has participated in summer research involved in nanotechnology and microbiology, thanks greatly to the WISEST Summer Research Program. A self-proclaimed band geek, Isabella has experience in playing piano, trumpet, bass guitar and the double bass. Alongside this, she also holds a second degree black belt in taekwondo. She has previously volunteered with organizations such as Santas Anonymous, Science FUNdamentals, Little Bit of Help, and UBELONG. Isabella is also currently an executive member of the student club: Run for Support and Help, and she hopes to maintain an active community involvement during medical school, as well as after.


Nancy Manchak

Nancy Manchak holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering (Co-op) from the University of Alberta and is an Engineer in Training with Enbridge Pipelines. She currently works with the Enbridge Operations Optimization group, where she conducts hydraulic analyses for facility and pipeline operations across North America.
Nancy is passionate about outreach that enables others to discover the possibilities of the STEM fields, and has served on the WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) Program Committee since 2010. She is also a leadership committee member of the Enbridge FEMINEN (Females in Engineering) Employee Resource Group. Outside of volunteering, her hobbies include curling, skiing and photography.


Kelcie Miller-Anderson

At the age of 15 Kelcie started her research to address the oil sand industry's most prevalent environmental concern, the tailing ponds, and to help restore the area back to its former state. Kelcie developed an in-situ method of remediation that, for the first time, would be able to treat both the water and Mature Fine Tailing components of the tailing ponds; both major constitutes of concern associated with the ponds' toxicity. Her work on Mycoremediation has earned her many awards including a Youth Manning Innovation award, an AsTech award for the top science fair project in Alberta. In 2013 she was doubly honoured to receive the Emerald Award for Youth and was named as one of Canada's Top Twenty under Twenty - both on the same day! Kelcie's work has been featured in McLean's magazine, Canada's Environmental voice AJ magazine named her a "great Canadian game changer", and early this year Alberta Oil named her one of Canada's top energy innovators. Kelcie is passionate about inspiring youth to engage in both environmental and STEM activities. Currently Kelcie is studying Environmental Science at the University of Alberta. Her vision is to develop sustainable and cost effective ecoremediation techniques to remediate ecologically sensitive areas world-wide.


8:00 Registration/Welcome
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:15 Keynote Speaker
10:00 Workshop Round 1
11:30 Workshop Round 2
13:00 Lunch + Exhibition Fair
14:30 Keynote Speaker
15:15 Workshop Round 3
16:40 Keynote Speaker
17:10 Youth Panel
17:40 Closing Remarks


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