Choices Conference

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A Note about CHOICES 2022

Due to the ongoing global pandemic and the concerns surrounding large group events, WISEST is once again running the CHOICES conference virtually! WISEST is dedicated to encouraging young people to explore fields in which their gender is currently underrepresented. Grade 6 Girls and gender diverse students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, hear from inspiring speakers, and interact with STEM role models!

Registration/Request to Attend Opens: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Payment and forms deadline: December 17, 2021

Science, Engineering & Technology are open doorways to the wonders of our world. The CHOICES Conference invites you to step through those doorways and experience this first-hand.


Event Details

Grade 6 girls and gender diverse students will participate in a brief introduction, exciting demonstrations, a hands-on activity led by one of our mentors and be involved in a design challenge for prizes!

Date: February 23 & 24 (Your school will participate in one of the two days)
Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm 
Location: At your school, through a virtual platform (Zoom)

Participation: Your school can register up to 2 groups of 4 grade 6 girls or gender diverse students (If your school is divided into cohorts, the groups should be within these cohorts). 

Cost: The cost of this event covers an activity kit containing materials for the hands-on activity and group challenge for 4 students. The cost is $41.50 with free pick up, or $10 extra for shipping within Edmonton city limits or $15 for outside Edmonton city limits. 

Important Dates

Registration opens November 24, 2021. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.  Spaces will be held for rural and underserved schools

Payment and forms deadline: December 17, 2021. 

Due to the high demand for spots, after the deadline, any schools/students with incomplete registrations will forfeit their spots which will be offered to schools on our lengthy waitlist.


What Teachers are saying about the Choices Conference

"I loved the use of materials [in the Cryogenics Lab] we just wouldn't have access to at school." (École Father Jan School)

"[The Oil Spill Lab was] very well done, and something I can take back to the classroom." (École Beau Meadow School)

"The girls actually brought back the activity [they learned in the Prosthetics Limbs Lab] and taught it to the rest of the class." (St. Benedict School)

Eligible School Districts

Each fall, invitations (email) are sent to all elementary schools in Northern Alberta that fall within one of the following participating school districts:

  • Edmonton Public School District
  • Edmonton Catholic Separate School District
  • Elk Island Public Schools Regional Division
  • Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division
  • St. Albert Public School District
  • Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division
  • Greater North Central Francophone
  • Parkland School Division
  • Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division
  • Blackgold School Division
  • Sturgeon School Division
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School Division
  • Private Charter and Reserve Schools

Please note that there are a limited number of positions available to each school district, so register early!

Registration

Registration for the CHOICES Conference is done by schools (teachers or administrators) and not by individuals (parents or students). If you are a parent, the school administrators throughout the Greater Edmonton Area will be emailed to inform them when registration for the CHOICES Conference will open, but feel free to encourage them or your child's grade 6 teacher to apply to come.

There are a limited number of spots available to each school district so register early as registration is based on "first come-first served". Registration is not considered complete until all forms and payment have been received by the WISEST office.

VIEW THE REGISTRATION CHECKLIST

ONLINE SCHOOL REGISTRATION

STUDENT & SCHOOL FORMS


Registration Process

1. Request to Attend

Reserve your students' seats for Feb. 23 or 24 by completing our online CHOICES Conference School Registration. 

Please remember which date you select as your preference. Once we receive this portion of your registration, WISEST will strive to be in contact within 5 business days to confirm if you have received "reserved spots" (which is based on the availability of spaces) or if you have been placed on the "waitlist". We will also confirm your selected date and provide a payment link. If you receive the "reserved spots" email confirmation, you will need to complete STEP 2.

2. Complete Student and School Forms

To participate in CHOICES, download and complete the Authorization to Reproduce Physical Likeness/Voice and Name forms for each student participating. 

Return all original forms to WISEST by the deadline, along with an online payment or cheque made out to the University of Alberta. Please note that you may email the form to the office at wisest.events@ualberta.ca. We do not accept faxed forms.

3. Payment

With your "reserved spots" email confirmation, you will receive a link to the online payment system (which is our preferred method of payment). Follow the email link to make the payment for the students before December 17, 2021. 

As the WISEST office team is currently working remotely, receiving cheques is a challenge so we would appreciate if at all possible, that payments be made through the online payment system.  

If you are required by your school administration to make payment by cheque, then payment can be sent to the WISEST office by the December 17 deadline and please ensure cheques are made out to: University of Alberta. Note that the time to process these payments will be delayed. If you are sending a cheque please notify us by email that you plan to do so.