History

Community Outreach

Curiosity and wonder are boundless. So why not take our passion for teaching science, engineering and technology beyond the campus boundaries? We are accountable to the greater community and that is where we live.

Our outreach programs help nurture the natural curiosity and creativity young people have about the world and how to make it a better place. DiscoverE, our renowned outreach program, brings the energy and excitement of engineering to thousands of youths every year.

Established in 1993, DiscoverE runs science camps and workshops for some 15,000 students per year in communities as diverse as Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Yellowknife, Fort Chipewyan, Inuvik, Aklavik, and Tuktoyaktuk. It has reached over 100,000 children so far, including 465 north of the Arctic Circle. It has made equal gains in attracting participation by female students and in offering bursaries for students in financial need and from aboriginal communities.

Our professors are enthusiastic partners with WISEST (Women In Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology), hosting Grade 11 students in high-tech research labs over the summer, to help them find their educational and career paths.