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3 –10 November, 2018

STEMFest is a collection of conferences and events exploring social, industry and economic development throughout the world of STEM education and innovation.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Festival

STEMFest is driven by a myriad of organizations from industry, post-secondary, not-for-profit associations, and government, working together to promote the role STEM plays in the evolving worlds of education, innovation, trade, industry, and community. Join us at STEMFest 2018. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

 
Monday, November 5 – Friday, November 9Halifax Convention Centre, Discovery Centre & Dalhousie University

Youth Event

Between November 5 and 9, 2018, 600 grade 7 and 8 students from across the province will participate in hands-on, inquiry-based, career-related STEAM workshops in Halifax.

All workshops will be developed in conjunction with Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development consultants and will be facilitated by industry leaders, academics in related fields, and educators. We are thrilled to announce one of the workshops will build towards the creation of a collective art installation piece to be housed at the Halifax Convention Centre as a legacy feature.

STEMFest 2018 will increase awareness of and spark curiosity in STEAM-related careers, particularly those that are unique to the Nova Scotia context.

Teachers accompanying their grade 7 and 8 students, will participate in relevant professional learning.

Supported by:

Province of Nova Scotia
 

Post-Secondary Events

 
November 3 – 4, 2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Halifax Convention Centre

Science Communication Workshop

A science communication workshop open to all post-secondary students in Nova Scotia

The workshop will be presented by Jay Ingram and Mary Anne Moser widely known as pioneers of science communication workshops.

Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram was co-host of Daily Planet, the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel, for 16 years and helped launch and design the show. Prior to that he hosted CBC’s Quirks and Quarks for 12 years, freelanced for CBC’s Morningside, and hosted two CBC radio documentary series. He was contributing editor to Owl magazine for five years, he wrote a weekly science column in The Toronto Star for 12 years, and currently writes a column for Canadian Wildlife.

Mary Anne Moser

Mary Anne Moser has built a career where art, culture and science intersect. She has worked as a journalist, an award-winning designer and was the founding editor of the Banff Centre Press. She started the Banff Science Communications Program in 2005, Canada’s Iron Science Teacher competition in 2007 and was member of the start-up steering committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada in 2010. She is the editor of two books on science in society: Immersed in Technology (MIT Press 1995) and Science, She Loves Me (Banff Centre Press 2011).

Communicating science couldn't be more important—and it's still hard to do well. Why not learn from the best?

The need is greater than ever to engage mainstream audiences in science. Goodness knows, the science community has been aware of this for decades. Why is it so hard to do?

Beakerhead science communications programs help you bust through real or perceived barriers that may be keeping your science stories secret!

Whether you are interested in science or communications, this day-long experience will open your eyes to ways to engage new audiences. We are as empirical about communications as we are about science – with a huge dose of creativity added to the mix.

Science Communications Workshop Agenda

9:00 am – 9:30 pm   Audience First 9:30 am – 10:00 am   Getting Creative 10:30 – 12:00 pm   Build a Better Mousetrap 1:00 – 3:00 pm   Personalizing the Impersonal Working individually on your 75-word opening Working groups of 5 to read and discuss Discussion: What have we learned? Q&A 3:00 – 5:00 pm   Working with the Media

Learn more...

Registration Fee: $25.00
Prices are plus tax and applicable service fees.
Attendees can receive refunds up to 30 days prior to the event date.

Supported by:
Province of Nova Scotia
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Halifax Convention Centre

Science Slam

Scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, November 6 at the Halifax Convention Centre, science slam is a scientific speaker session where presenters discuss their own scientific research work in a five minute period - in front of a non-expert audience. This event is open to the general public—we encourage all to attend. The focus lies on knowledge translation that teaches current science to a diverse audience in an entertaining way. Presentations will be judged by the audience.

This event will showcase scientists, researchers, and students as they battle to communicate science. Presenters will be selected from all walks of science. Judges will be a mashup of scientists from Nova Scotia’s top science institutions and volunteers from the general public.

Contestants can present on any science topic, but cannot use a projector or slides. They are judged not on their data and methods, but on their ability to communicate science in an engaging, entertaining, and concise way. This event will combine science communication and audience participation in an effective and engaging way.

Registration for this event opens in September.

Supported by:
Royal Bank of Canada

Post-Secondary events were last updated:
September 11, 2018.

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Public Events

 
Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Halifax Convention Centre

STEMFest Engineering Olympics

Open to students in grades 4 to 9.

The STEMFest Engineering Olympics, presented by Engineers Nova Scotia, is an interactive engineering event for students in grades 4 to 9. Students are given a series of problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of engineering, and allow students to see first-hand how this field impacts our everyday lives.

The STEMFest Engineering Olympics provides students the opportunity to cover many areas of engineering study while learning to work and interact within a group. Teams will use their skills and innovative ideas to develop creative solutions to various challenges throughout the afternoon. All challenges have been coordinated by Engineers Nova Scotia.

Each team consists of four to six students and one coach (teacher/chaperone/parent). Each team must have a coach who supports them at the event. Participants will register in divisions I or II, depending on their grade. Grades 4-6 students will be in division I and grades 7-9 students will be in division II. Teams will be given a score for each challenge. Each division will have bronze, silver, and gold recognition.

Spectators are welcome. Bring someone to watch and cheer for your team. Space is limited, and is available on a first come, first served bases. Cost to register is $20 per team. If cost is an issue please .

Registration coming very very soon.

Presented by
Engineers Nova Scotia
 
Saturday, November 3, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Halifax Convention Centre

Public Talk with Jay Ingram

Can we Live 200 Years?

That question would have made no sense 25 years ago but today is different. The extraordinary and continuing rise in human life expectancy has scientists thinking, for the first time really, of ways to push through the boundaries to a human life.

There are controversies: could we routinely live beyond 120? Do we know enough about aging in other species to get a grip on the crucial processes? Could we really achieve what the optimists call: escape velocity for longevity?”

It is a crucial time for understanding aging, and perhaps overcoming it.

Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram was co-host of Daily Planet, the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel, for 16 years and helped launch and design the show. Prior to that he hosted CBC’s Quirks and Quarks for 12 years, freelanced for CBC’s Morningside, and hosted two CBC radio documentary series. He was contributing editor to Owl magazine for five years, he wrote a weekly science column in The Toronto Star for 12 years, and currently writes a column for Canadian Wildlife.

 
Monday, November 5, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Halifax Convention Centre

Dream Big: Engineering our World

Movie Night

Who will build the amazing future of our human race? That question sparks a giant-screen adventure unlike any other in Dream Big: Engineering Our World, an epically fun tour of inspiration through the visionary advances made by yesterday’s, today’s—and most thrillingly of all, tomorrow’s—engineers.

Engineering: upon first consideration, it might not seem the stuff of grand cinematic adventure. But could engineering secretly be an exciting, creative, heroic realm where the optimists of today are creating the life-saving, world-altering marvels that will make for a safer, more connected, more equal and even more awe-inspiring tomorrow?

With an eclectic, stereotype-bursting engineer cast, the huge story told by Dream Big answers that question with a resoundingly “yes” using a series of surprising human stories to expose the hidden world behind the most exciting inventions and structures across the world. It is not only a journey through engineering’s greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life’s greatest challenges.

Supported by:
Engineers Nova Scotia
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Halifax Convention Centre

Science Slam

Scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, November 6 at the Halifax Convention Centre, science slam is a scientific speaker session where presenters discuss their own scientific research work in a five minute period - in front of a non-expert audience. This event is open to the general public—we encourage all to attend. The focus lies on knowledge translation that teaches current science to a diverse audience in an entertaining way. Presentations will be judged by the audience.

This event will showcase scientists, researchers, and students as they battle to communicate science. Presenters will be selected from all walks of science. Judges will be a mashup of scientists from Nova Scotia’s top science institutions and volunteers from the general public.

Contestants can present on any science topic, but cannot use a projector or slides. They are judged not on their data and methods, but on their ability to communicate science in an engaging, entertaining, and concise way. This event will combine science communication and audience participation in an effective and engaging way.

Registration for this event opens in September.

Supported by:
Royal Bank of Canada
 
Friday, November 9, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Halifax Convention Centre

Dan MacLennan Memorial Lecture in Astronomy

The 2018 Dan MacLennan Memorial Lecture in Astronomy will be the fourth in the annual series of lectures that has featured Nobel prize winners. This lecture is endowed by the family of the late Dan MacLennan, a life-long learner and one-time Saint Mary's student.

 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Halifax Convention Centre

STEM Fair

Invitation to Exhibit

We are seeking engaging and interactive exhibits that will excite and inspire the public to learn about STEM. Each of us has the capacity to be an innovator, educator, researcher, and leader. This is an opportunity to showcase the wonderful world of STEM. STEM Fair will be open and free to the general public.

As a stakeholder in the STEM fields, you are encouraged to use this opportunity to present any aspect of STEM. If you are conducting research, making new discoveries or creating applications that expand and benefit our world every day, we encourage you to submit an application to participate as a STEM Fair exhibitor.

We are looking for exhibits with a STEM focus that are interactive, provocative, engaging and of interest to the public. STEM is for everyone therefore please take a few moments to think about the representatives that are interacting with the public at your booth – the more diverse the better.

This is an opportunity to educate. This is not a sales opportunity. This is your chance to highlight not only how STEM can be found in all areas of everyday life but also how it is opening the doors to life changing ideas.

Acceptance will be determined by the STEMFest executive committee and will be based on the interactivity of your exhibit and the general public interest appeal.

Cost for a booth is $100 (payment is due once your booth has been accepted).
Deadline to register is September 24, 2018.

Supported by:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Public events were last updated:
September 18, 2018.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:00 am – 5:00 pmHalifax Convention Centre

Industry Day
Driving Your Digital Advantage

The STEMFest Industry Day will be held Wednesday November 7 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

This one-day conference will feature keynote speakers and panelists who will share their vision of the importance and diversity of STEM. Presentations will focus on such topics as: Big Data and AI, design thinking and disruption, cyber-security and blockchain, smart cities and diversified workplaces.

 

Schedule at a Glance

This schedule is always being updated; check back often.

Friday, November 2, 2018
DAY

Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

Saturday, November 3, 2018
DAY

Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing Conference

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Science Communication Workshop

EVENING
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Jay Ingram Public Talk

Sunday, November 4, 2018
DAY
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Science Communication Workshop

Monday, November 5, 2018
DAY

Youth Engagement Event

Lab Safety Conference

EVENING
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dream Big Movie Night

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
DAY

Youth Engagement Event

Launch of National Skills and Technology Week

EVENING
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Science Slam

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
DAY

Youth Engagement Event

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Industry Day:
Driving Your Digital Advantage

BioPort Conference

Thursday, November 8, 2018
DAY

Youth Engagement Event

BioPort Conference

EVENING

IOTA artists Earthline Tattoo Collective public talk

Friday, November 9, 2018
DAY

Youth Engagement Event

EVENING
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dan MacLennan Memorial Lecture in Astronomy

Saturday, November 10, 2018
DAY
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

STEM Fair

This schedule was last updated:
September 11, 2018.

 

Partner Events

Always being updated. Check back soon.

 
November 2 – 3, 2018

CAN-CWiC

 
November 7 – 8, 2018

BioPort Conference

 
November 6, 2018

Skills Canada Nova Scotia

Partner events were last updated:
August 21, 2018.

 

Partnership Opportunities

Our model for partnership is as unique as the program, and our goal is to connect with organizations and custom design an approach to sponsorship that puts your organization in front of the most relevant of our audiences. We would welcome a chance to talk about the program and a possible fit for your organization.

Partners

Call for Volunteers

The Call for Volunteers will be launched in September.

STEMFest 2018

Supported/represented by:

Dalhousie University Discovery Centre Digital Nova Scotia Engineers Nova Scotia Events East/Halifax Convention Centre Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise IOTA

Mount Saint Vincent University Nova Scotia Community College Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development Saint Mary’s University Science Atlantic WISE Atlantic

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