Cybermentor Fusion Gathering

Cybermentor invites you to an important celebration… Fusion Gathering 2016!

Girls ages 11 – 18 (or Grades 6 – 12) join Cybermentor to celebrate the conclusion of an exceptional season. Enjoy a fun design and engineering activity, guest speakers, industry panel and reception lunch.

Last year participants designed and built LED jellyfish umbrellas. This year they will create umbrella storm clouds with thunder and LED rain. Participants will have the opportunity to display their engineered art creations at Beakernight 2016.

The Fusion Gathering 2016 includes:

  • Opportunities for mentees and mentors to meet one another
  • Beakerhead engineering+art activities and registration to present your fusion design at Beakernight 2016.
  • Lunch and Networking
  • Learn to solder and other new skills
  • Try out some coding
  • And much more!

We value your involvement, and hope to see you there!

For inquiries, please see the FAQ section below, or contact the Cybermentor Team at cybermentor@ucalgary.ca or 403-220-8283.

Register Here

Beakerhead at TEDxCalgary

As a city we are experiencing a period of remarkable change.

Join TedxCalgary on May 7 to explore the revolutions and evolutions we are experiencing, and need to consider as a city and a civilization, with special Beakerhead guest Dr. Mary Anne Moser – President and Co-Founder.

For all those Beakerhead fans, there’s a special discount for you to attend! Get 15% the regular price by clicking on the below special ticket purchase button!

Buy Your Special Beakerhead-Priced Tickets

WANTED: Education Manager

Beakerhead is hiring for a part-time Education Manager.

The Education Manager takes the lead role in the management and implementation of the Beakerhead K-12 school programs. These events take place leading up to and during Beakerhead both on location and inside schools. These interactive experiences connect students to Beakerhead’s most delightful spectacles, while engaging artists, engineers, scientist, inventors and creatives. As Education Manager you will also be responsible for the management of the shorter-term contractors working on the education program and all related volunteers.

 

Download full job description

The deadline for application is May 14 at 5 pm (MST).
Please send cover letter and resume to hr@beakerhead.com

Milk Rises Up In Engineered Eats 2016

by. Tina Amini (SAIT journalism student and Beakerhead intern)

Milk is a pretty cool thing. When we cook with it we tend to transform it completely. We can change milk into cheese, yogurt, ice cream oooh! or whipped cream! I love whipped cream!!!

The possible conversions of milk are very scientific! Take for example the pasteurization of milk. Pasteurization is a process that kills bacteria. By heating up the liquid most harmful bacteria’s and pathogens die!

There is endless possibilities when cooking with milk – that’s why this year’s Engineered Eats theme is milk!

And of course, Alberta Milk is the presenting sponsor of this year’s program!

Restaurants and bars all over Calgary are welcome to take up the challenge and create a menu item or drink concoction that features this year’s Engineered Eats theme.

Check out this recipe by David Leite that transforms milk and some simple ingredients into a sweet homemade liqueur.

Credit: thekitchn.com
Credit: thekitchn.com

That is just one way science is enhancing milk! I can’t wait to see what else is possible with milk during Engineered Eats! (I hope there is something to do with whipped cream!)

Restaurants and bars who are interested in participating in this year’s Beakerhead Engineered Eats program (September 14 – 18, 2016), please contact Paul at eats@beakerhead.com!

Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic
Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic

Take the streets with the Beakerhead Street Crew

The word on the street is that Beakerhead is on its way!

The BEAKERHEAD STREET CREW information session and first meeting will be Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Prepare to get pumped and inspired for sharing the Beakerhead story in 2016!

The BEAKERHEAD STREET CREW hits Calgary streets immediately before and during Beakerhead to spread the new to the general public on all things Beakerhead. Through guerilla stunts, word of mouth promotion, this team will help augment the public’s experience by providing impromptu itineraries and helpful suggestions.

You can expect the following from your team’s first meeting:

  • Meeting your future team members
  • Meeting your Beakerhead liaison Michelle Htun-Kay, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Learning more about timelines and schedules
  • Road mapping for 2016 Street Crew activities

By the end of the meeting, the preliminary crew will be formed. A plan will be devised for how to structure teams to divide and conquer!

All of these initial meeting will be at Beakerhead HQ: Unit 101, 1615 10 Ave SW. If you have any other questions, feel free to connect!

Eventbrite - Street Crew Gathering

Photo by Jackie Ho Photography.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Beakerhead 2016 Program Guide

Seeking those with the creative chops and the printing and distribution prowess (or partners) to take on the Beakerhead 2016 Program Guide!

Can you design a differentiating look, feel and content for the 2016 Program Guide, including the managing the print and distribution of 25,000 copies within Calgary and surrounding areas? Then, this RFP is for you, and Beakerhead would be excited to hear from you!

Important deadlines:

  • May 1 at noon MST  Responses deadline
  • w/c May 1                  Clarification/exploratory calls planned, if necessary
  • May 16                        Contract assigned

Responses to this RFP must be submitted by e-mail to michelle@beakerhead.com on or before May 1, 2016 at noon.

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The future is bright

Highlights of the MakeFashion 2016 Gala

The MakeFashion Wearable Tech Gala and Runway Show last Satuday was … A-MA-ZING!

The annual MakeFashion gala in Calgary is unlike any other fashion or technology show; the pieces created are engineered with high tech electronics that transform the garmet into a stunning, one-of-a-kind piece.

There were both local and international designers who participated this year. One of my favorites was the “snow queen” and “Japanese Lantern” dresses that were created by team “Kiki Forever” part of the Zyris Organization.

Photo by Tina Amini.
Photo by Tina Amini.

The bright LED lighting and colors in the creations by “Kiki Forever” illuminated the silhouette of the dresses, allowing them to take over the catwalk.

Another highlight for me was the prosthetic fashion creations by Alleles Design Studio. I was anticipating their pieces since last year, and they did not disappoint! There were two prosthetic covers designed by them that included LED technology.

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MakeFashion Gala is Almost Here!

The annual MakeFashion runway gala exhibits technology infused into fashion that creates wearable pieces of art. And this year, the fourth annual show will once again catwalk through TELUS Spark’s atrium on Saturday, April 2.

Three Calgarians founded MakeFashion in 2012, merging fashion, engineering and cutting edge electronics to create high-fashion and high-tech pieces.

2015 was my first experience, and I had a blast taking photos and taking the whole interactive environment.

It was different from any other runway event I had ever seen. The dark atmosphere and lit up pieces of wearable technology were very majestic and fun to watch. Check out the images I took last year. I would recommend the event to anyone who enjoys fashion or technology.

MakeFashion 2015 at the TELUS Spark (Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
MakeFashion 2015 at the TELUS Spark (Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
(Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
(Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)

And it’s not just for show. Take for example, Alleles Design Studio who design and create prosthetic limbs — their work is both breath-taking and meaningful.

(Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
(Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)

I can’t wait to see what Make Fashion has in store for this year! Be sure to re-visit the Beakerhead website next week for my review blog of this Saturday’s event.

By Tina Amini (SAIT journalist student and Beakerhead 2016 intern) - Above image is from MakeFashion 2015  photography copyright Jeff McDonald

 

CALL FOR DESIGNS: Scaffold art at Beakerhead

Got skills? Prove it!

Scaffold Art Design Competition sponsored by Armour Equipment

Cash prize of $5,500 to winner plus other awesome stuff.

In celebration of Amour Equipment’s 55th anniversary, they are holding a first-of-its-kind scaffold art design competition, open to members of UBC Local 2103 & 1325. Design teams may also have non-members as long as at least one member is a registered Local 2103 & 1325 member.

Learn more about the competition and application details – click here!

Deadline July 1, 2016.

Picture by Neil Zeller Photography.

Request for Proposals: Industrial Food Program

Beakerhead’s weeklong events in September take over the city, introducing fun activities that are an exciting smash up of art and science. There will be various interactive events and exhibits for attendees to take part in. Amongst the more than 60 events is the Industrial Food Program as part of Beakerhead’s Engineered Eats theme.

This is a call out for event planners and event management companies based in Calgary, who want to take part in this delicious interactive event. 

In 2016, Beakerhead’s food program will feature all things industrial arts! Imagine fire, tools, and heavy equipment, all coming together and turned into a fine-dining experience!

 DOWNLOAD FULL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline for proposals is end of day April 15, 2016.

QUESTIONS: Contact Hanan at hanan@beakerhead.com or at 403-701-0130.

Photo by Nic Sharkey.

Beakerhead the offspring of art and science!

by Tina Amini (SAIT journalism student and Beakerhead intern)

Imagine if art and science had a child, their child would be called Beakerhead!

So one of my first tasks as this year’s Beakerhead intern was to go explore Calgary for links to my own interpretation of what Beakerhead is.

For me, Beakerhead lights up curiosity and causes intrigue, interacting with our community to give us a mash up of education and art.

The Chinook Arc, a piece of public art at the corner of 12th Avenue and 9th Street SW (in Barb Scott Park) screams the Beakerhead movement. NB: Beakerhead had nothing to do with this awesome public art but triggers inspiration of the same movement.

When I look at the Chinook Arc I immediately think: What is it? Who made it? Why?

The curiosity that comes with this piece of public art brings the community together, whether that be the surrounding neighbours or for me; my pals and I. It becomes something that is both admired and questioned.

So much like Beakerhead that brings science to life in various forms providing the dual awe and wonder for people of any community

As a registered Canadian charity Beakerhead is changing and paving the way for science, art and engineering in Canada, and beyond! Many look forward to the September week of events that are organized each year, but did you know that there are workshops and experiences throughout the year too? If not, make the Beakerhead Events page a bookmark!

Take a look at some photos I took that remind me of Beakerhead. The photos share a common theme: not just art that is put up by the city in hopes of brightening it up, but art that brings the community together. 

Display of LED lights creating art in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. This photo was taken during Beakernight. (Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
Display of LED lights creating art in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. This photo was taken during Beakernight. (Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
Calgarians engaging in art on display during beakernight in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.(Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
Calgarians engaging in art on display during Beakernight in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (Photo by Tina Amini/SAIT Polytechnic)
Shot taken of Wonderland on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Photo by Tina Amini/Beakerhead)
Shot taken of Wonderland on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (Photo by Tina Amini/Beakerhead)

The Evolution of Food in Space

By Tina Amini (SAIT journalism student and intern for Beakerhead 2016)

I recall being a student in middle school when real live astronauts came to talk to my class about life in space. I was so excited to learn about their lives in space.

Even better, they let us have a taste of living in space, literally! I remember (perhaps not too fondly) the peanut butter and jelly, which I first thought was toothpaste. In fact, everything came in the same packaging as toothpaste, there were different sizes and shapes, but all in airtight packaging that you could squeeze food out of.

From that moment on, I knew that living in space was not my future calling. I love food way too much!

Recent studies taken by NASA show that astronauts who spend long periods of time in space have their sensory reactions diminish. Even worse, the lack of gravity an astronaut experiences is also felt by the “food” that is trying to stay down to be digested … it doesn’t always stay down (warning: don’t stand next to your fellow astronaut after eating!).

Imagine spending months in space and having to eat mushy foods from a squeezable package that you can barely taste due to your diminished senses or because you’ll taste it again when it comes back up! Nope, again not for me!

But thankfully, since my middle school days, food in space has definitely evolved, hopefully for the better.

Check out this infograph by Ana Brady from labeley.com that shows the evolution of space food, which purports that today space food tastes something like what we eat on earth. If only, this was presented to me in middle school, then I may have indeed had a space calling!
Infographic - Evolution of Food in Space: From Bland Puree to Almost Like on Earth
labeley.com

HIRING: Part-time Contractors

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Every year, Beakerhead hires up to 20 people on short-term contracts to manage different parts of the massive and widely distributed program. It takes a small village to bring this supernova to life! Contracts range from a few hours to 40 or more and vary from year to year.

All contractors become part of the Beakerhead team and are expected to be aware of, and coordinate with, other members of the team. Team meetings are scheduled to facilitate this process.

Below are the general accountabilities for all members of the team, followed by a description of the specific position profiles.

HOW TO APPLY
As the 2016 program is developed, we’ll be growing the team with roles such as these.

If you’d like to be considered, please share your interest and resume to hr@beakerhead.com. As we look to fill the various positions, we will be in touch with select candidates.

Important: In the subject heading, please indicate which role you are applying for.

Due to the high volume of applications, only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. Additionally, Beakerhead reserves the right to not appoint a contractor into every one of these profiled positions. Thank you for your interest in Beakerhead!

If a contract role is not in the stars, please join in as a volunteer or as an enthusiastic hands-on participant.

Everyone welcome!
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How does Beakerhead work?
Beakerhead Creative Society is the organizing team at the heart of an annual program that culminates in a five-day spectacle bringing together the arts and engineering sectors to build, engage, compete and exhibit interactive works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment. The society’s activities at the provincial, national and international level are coordinated by a core secretariat located in Calgary, Alberta. Beakerhead transforms Calgary – with contests, mechanical sculptures, interactive street art, feats of engineering, larger-than-life theatre and spectacular performances.

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Every person working with Beakerhead as a contractor or volunteer is asked to effectively represent Beakerhead in the way you interact with the full spectrum of regional, national and international collaborators, volunteers and visitors. Beakerhead will be presented in a creative, energetic and professional manner.
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Qualifications for all Employees and Contractors

    • Willingness to embrace original and creative programming culture!
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Curious about and accepting of differences
    • Very organized and detail-oriented
    • Ability to work within a team as well as individually
    • Ability to work with volunteers
    • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to work flexible hours
    • Reliable, enthusiastic and positive
    • Familiarity with basic office software, Dropbox and Google Apps
    • A desire to build amazingness!

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GZA at Beakerhead. Photo by Brett Morrison.
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Workplace culture
Beakerhead is a workplace that values the following characteristics of team members:

OPEN COMMUNICATION Sharing information in an effective and collaborative manner.

VERSATILITY Constructively adapting and responding to a changing environment.

INITIATIVE Creating and demonstrating initiative to generate improvements and foster positive outcomes.

HIGH QUALITY WORK Applying a high level of proficiency and professionalism in technical and job knowledge (and willingness to continually learn) to achieve a high level of performance.

LEADERSHIP Achieving positive outcomes by encouraging, supporting, coaching, developing and mentoring others.

PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS Demonstrating respect, dignity and integrity in interpersonal relationships and positive personal coping and wellness strategies.

TEAMWORK Functioning effectively in team situations to achieve optimal collective results.

CONTEXT UNDERSTANDING Achieving effectiveness for the public good with measurable impact through a large-scale collaboration.
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POSITION PROFILES

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Technical Director

Beakerhead engages a technical director to lead and implement the technical infrastructure and resources across the multiple sites of Beakerhead. This role requires approximately 160 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 80 hours on site for the installation, duration and deinstallation of Beakerhead, and includes:

    • Building various budgets associated to the each of the sites based on product through the events producer’s guidance. They are also required to manage said budgets is association with event producers to ensure product quality meets organisation standards and expectations.
    • Building event technical schedule and defining and allocating resources (technical and human) and movement between events.
    • Through the event producer’s direction, assisting aiding the individual product “artists” to be able to deliver the product.
    • Operationally managing resources to be able to service all the needs of the event, with no omissions. This is crucial to be able to achieve greatest economies of resources to and ensure key equipment and or human resources are booked and ready and removed in accordance to the schedule.
    • Assisting the volunteer coordinator to ensure that human resources are deployed in numbers that are suitable to the requirements, and all their amenities are addressed.
    • Identifying areas of operational concerns or those that are potential “stop show”, critical and to provide risk mitigation strategies in conjunction with key event personnel.
    • Monitoring and managing all external production companies and determining that designs, specifications and deliveries are met, and organizational reputation and profile is maintained.
    • Maintaining all external relationships with suppliers and sponsors as per agreements.
    • Ensuring all marketing, publicity and communications needs are met as per signage, VIP areas, sponsor access, etc.
    • Manage, monitor and detail all OHS needs and ensure all sites are compliant, and all public safety concerns are suitably covered in association with relevant statutory authorities.
    • To ensure clear and concise communication, and all parties are kept informed.

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Production Assistant

Beakerhead engages a production assistant to support the installation, maintenance and deinstallation of technical infrastructure and resources across the multiple sites of Beakerhead. This role requires approximately 80 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 80 hours on site for the installation, duration and deinstallation of Beakerhead, and includes:

    • Under the direction of the technical director, coordinating the technical support for presenters;
    • Managing the inter-site coordination for technical resources supporting Beakerhead across the city;
    • Ensuring production suppliers delivers and execute as negotiated contract;
    • Assisting Site Leads in ensuring directions are met and having provision and capacity to flexibly change and add items as encountered;
    • Assisting with all external relationships to suppliers and sponsors to ensure agreements are fulfilled;
    • Supporting the delivery of all marketing, publicity and communications requirements with regard to stage show/event;
    • To ensure clear and concise communication is used, and all parties are informed.

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Volunteer Coordinator

Beakerhead engages a volunteer coordinator to assist with the recruiting, screening, orientation, training and recognition of the various crews that help bring Beakerhead to life. This role requires approximately 160 hours leading up to Beakerhead, and an estimated 80-95 hours Beakerhead. This will include:

      • Working with Beakerhead secretariat to assess volunteer needs
      • Recruit and schedule volunteers to fill all of Beakerhead’s volunteer recruitments
      • Coordinate communications and follow-ups with festival volunteers via email, phone or text
      • Create documentation and update the Beakerhead Volunteer Guide
      • Assisting volunteer recruitment and orientation sessions events
      • Ensuring volunteer records are up-to-date and accurate through data entry or by training others on data entry
      • Assisting with Police Clearance process for education program volunteers
      • Checking in on volunteers at their various sites
      • Deploying and re-deploying volunteers as needed
      • Police check will be required for this position

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Public Installation Site Leads (5)

Beakerhead engages site leads for each of the major public installation sites to manage the installation, site supervision, staffing, programming and deinstallation. These roles require approximately 30 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 60 hours on site for the duration of Beakerhead and include:

        • being the site supervisor for the five days of Beakerhead, including three days for installation and deinstallation;
        • overseeing relationships with all suppliers on site;
        • overseeing relationships with food trucks, if applicable, on site;
        • overseeing relationships with all school program leads attending the site;
        • overseeing relationships with all program presenters delivering programs on site;
        • coordinating and managing the infrastructure and vendors related to the site;
        • providing estimates of daily audience/attendee numbers;
        • ensuring the site is left in good condition and free of event supplies.
        • providing direction for volunteer team lead, and support for on-site volunteers

Up to five positions may be available.
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Downtown Site Manager

Beakerhead engages a site manager to coordinate all activations on Stephen Avenue Walk from Wednesday to Friday of Beakerhead. This role requires approximately 160 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 40 hours on site for the duration of Beakerhead and includes:

    • confirming details with all presenters and playing role of lead point of contact for all presenters and associated venue(s) (approximately 30 in total);
    • liaising with the venue host (Downtown Calgary Association);
    • securing any additional vendors (PA system, scissor lift) required for event;
    • final communication of logistics, map and scheduling to all presenters and partners;
    • managing program budget including related honorariums and material costs for presenters and supporters (with approval from Director of Programming);
    • being the onsite lead for the noon hour (“Speakerhead”) and 4 – 6 pm (Highly Social Science) programs on including daily set-up, management, tear-down and storage of materials;
    • Managing volunteers and “block heads” who will support you with the events daily;
    • providing estimates of daily audience/attendee numbers;
    • ensuring the site is left in good condition and free of event supplies.

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Beakernight Production Coordinators (2-5)

Beakerhead engages a site lead to play a lead logistical role for Beakernight. This role requires approximately 5 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 12 hours on site for the duration and deinstallation of Beakernight and includes:

  • working with the various artists to install artwork and be ready for event start at 8:00 pm;
  • managing site plans and executing production schedule;
  • supporting onsite vendor and presenters as required;
  • coordinating Beakerhead volunteers for the site;
  • managing teardown activities with presenters and vendors.
  • providing estimates of audience/attendee numbers;
  • ensuring the site is left in good condition and free of event supplies.

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Project Managers (2-3)

Beakerhead engages project managers as required to coordinate and implement selected program elements such as performances or multi-site events. These roles requires approximately 30–160 hours (dependant on the program) leading up to Beakerhead and 6-12 hours on site for the duration of the specific program element, and include:

  • securing the venue and venue-related needs;
  • liaising with presenters and performers, coordinating the presentation elements, and acting as event manager;
  • confirming details with all presenters, including logistics and scheduling for hands-on activities;
  • ensuring all activations are customer-focused and engaging;
  • arranging transportation and hosting as required;
  • arranging visitor experiences;
  • arranging food and refreshments as required;
  • providing estimates of audience/attendee numbers;
  • ensuring the site/venue is left in good condition and free of event supplies.

Two to three positions may be available and filled.
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Ticket Manager

Beakerhead engages a ticket manager to coordinate and track ticket sales. This role requires approximately 12 hours leading up to Beakerhead and 40 hours for the duration of Beakerhead, and include:

  • setting up online ticketing system
  • managing all ticket sale transactions
  • working at selected performance locations to manage door sales

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Office Support

Beakerhead engages office support over the week of Beakerhead to act as a receptionist and provide general administrative support as required. There are two shifts: day shift and evening shift. Each role is expected to include:

      • seven hours shift from Tuesday to Sunday of Beakerhead week (6 days);
      • answering phone;
      • duties as assigned.

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Education Program Support

Beakerhead engages up to three education program consultants each year to lead the development and implementation of education experiences for K-12 students. These roles require several hours a month during the spring and summer and an intense period of full-time work starting after Labour Day, and leading up to and including Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 16, 2016. The education program is live from Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Content Lead

Beakerhead engages an education program leader to lead the conceptual development of the education experiences and to update the related teachers’ guide as follows:

  • Conceive and design the school experiences, with support from Beakerhead and education program consultants
  • Develop Field Guide for the education field trips for that given year
  • Update Field Guide for Educators, for those who want to bring the spirit of Beakerhead to their classrooms but are unable to have an in-person experience.

 

Logistical Lead

Beakerhead engages an education program leader to take a lead role in developing specific Beakerhead K-12 field trip sites and experiences as follows:

  • By June 20: Work with Beakerhead staff to schedule school field trips/school visits, including the creation of a spreadsheet roster of schools, contact names and info, number of students, and scheduled activities. Contact all schools with confirmation, preparation details and busing suggestions prior to the end of the June 2015 school year.
  • July-August: Provide feedback and ideas to Beakerhead as possible, also a Beakerhead education consultant, on the education activities and teacher guides in development over July and August.
  • August: Create a master plan for all field trip bussing, and ensure scheduled booking with selected bus company
  • August 20 – Sept 20: Serve as primary liaison for queries from teachers as the 2015 school year ramps up in August, and act as primary teacher/school contact leading up to and during Beakerhead for field trips and school visits. Serve as on-site education program lead during the week of Beakerhead.

Onsite Lead(s)

Beakerhead engages an education program leader to support the education experiences for 2015 as follows:

  • To be the site lead and overall coordinator of the Beakerhead field trips
  • Reviewing site logistics and risk assessment
  • Creating site map for teachers
  • Coordinating site volunteers
  • Coordinating on final communication elements and logistic organizations with education partners
  • Coordinating incoming questions from teachers on the day of the event
  • Coordinating student arrival and drop off during the week of Beakerhead

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MEDIA RELEASE: Many Hands Make Great Art Winners Announced

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[Calgary, Canada | February 23, 2016] — Metal flowers will erupt with flame, while a steampunk dirigible floats nearby. Passers-by feed a recycling bovine while other visitors help make a ceramic explosion.

Six new engineered community art projects are being announced today that will be built over the coming months with support from Beakerhead’s Many Hands Make Great Art program, which is in its second year and funded by The Calgary Foundation. The successful projects all required to involve a community in the creation of the artwork, and must include both adults and youth.

“The best part of these builds is watching the drama unfold as the teams try to create something entirely original,” says Jay Ingram, Canadian science broadcaster and Beakerhead co-founder.

All projects will premiere at Beakerhead this September 14-18, 2016. Some will even take flight! The awarded projects include:
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“In order to be fluent in a language, you have to be immersed in a culture, surrounded by others. The same goes for learning how to apply science, engineering and creativity. That’s exactly what will happen in these projects. And, the outcome will delight us all,” says Beakerhead chair and co-founder Mary Anne Moser.

These community projects are part of Beakerhead’s goal to create a mainstream platform for science and engineering.

Click Here for Downloadable Media Release


Media Contact: Michelle Htun-Kay at 1-403-971-5180 or michelle@beakerhead.com
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Art sees a billboard or two … or three

Every September, Beakerhead erupts onto the streets and venues of Calgary with clever and creative works of engineered art.

Beakerhead is seeking a creative concept for public billboards and transit posters that will engage passers-by in late August and early September, while increasing awareness that Beakerhead is launching, Sept 14-18, 2016.

The proposed concept should delight and engage passengers on Calgary Transit trains as well as motorists, cyclists and pedestrians passing by outdoor billboards throughout Calgary, in the run-up to Beakerhead 2016.

One concept will be selected to be printed and placed in 18 interior train panels and 7 outdoor billboards.

Important dates

  • Proposals due by midnight on March 18, 2016*
  • Selected artists notified by April 1, 2016
  • Print-ready digital files will be delivered to designated printer by June 30, 2016
  • Project unveiling will be on August 15, 2016, leading up to and during Beakerhead, September 14-18, 2016

Click Here for Detailed Call for Submissions

* All concepts will be strictly confidential and will not be used in this or any other context without artist permission.

Beakerhead 2016 Crews Info Session

It’s Beakerhead calling with a titanium opportunity: Crews! They’re like committees, but better. It’s so volunteers like you can shape and deliver parts of Beakerhead 2016. Since you’ve been a key participant in the past, we wanted to give you the chance to get in the driver’s seat!

Sign up for one of three information sessions to learn all about Beakerhead Crews and how you can be part of the awesomeness!

BEAKERHEAD PROGRAM & EVENT CREWS: INFORMATION SESSIONS (pick one)

  • Wednesday, February 17. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 18. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 20. 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you are interested but can’t make either of these dates, email Claudia at claudia@beakerhead.com .
NB: Crew Info Sessions are for those 18 years of age and older. There will be other volunteer roles also be posted closer to the event too!

Beakerhead Crews 2016 Information Session

It’s Beakerhead calling with a titanium opportunity: Crews! They’re like committees, but better. It’s so volunteers like you can shape and deliver parts of Beakerhead 2016. Since you’ve been a key participant in the past, we wanted to give you the chance to get in the driver’s seat!

Sign up for one of three information sessions to learn all about Beakerhead Crews and how you can be part of the awesomeness!

BEAKERHEAD PROGRAM & EVENT CREWS: INFORMATION SESSIONS (pick one)

  • Wednesday, February 17. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 18. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 20. 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you are interested but can’t make either of these dates, email Claudia at claudia@beakerhead.com .
NB: Crew Info Sessions are for those 18 years of age and older. There will be other volunteer roles also be posted closer to the event too!

Beakerhead Crews 2016 Information Session

It’s Beakerhead calling with a titanium opportunity: Crews! They’re like committees, but better. It’s so volunteers like you can shape and deliver parts of Beakerhead 2016. Since you’ve been a key participant in the past, we wanted to give you the chance to get in the driver’s seat!

Sign up for one of three information sessions to learn all about Beakerhead Crews and how you can be part of the awesomeness!

BEAKERHEAD PROGRAM & EVENT CREWS: INFORMATION SESSIONS (pick one)

  • Wednesday, February 17. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 18. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 20. 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you are interested but can’t make either of these dates, email Claudia at claudia@beakerhead.com .
NB: Crew Info Sessions are for those 18 years of age and older. There will be other volunteer roles also be posted closer to the event too!

DIY BEAUTIFUL HOME LIGHTING WORKSHOP

Shed some light on your creative side! And undertake your next home decor project in the name of science.
By the end of this two-day workshop, you will be the proud creator and owner of a beautiful work of lighting for your home or office. We’re not talking crafts here, we’re talking about a gorgeous item that no one will believe you made.
The fact that you will effortlessly enter the world of design software and laser cutting is part of the beauty. Not only will your friends be impressed by your new home décor item, but also your new-fangled technical knowledge!

 

Your learning helps researchers learn too
This workshop is part of a research project led by the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary – a Beakerhead partner.  All participants must be willing to give feedback on the workshop and sign waivers allowing the workshop leaders to document the event.

Two consecutive Saturday afternoons are required to complete the project

  • Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm

INFO SESSION: Beakerhead Photo and Video Crew

A photographer’s career can be made by capturing the unusual and eliciting emotion. Beakerhead provides a wealth of opportunity for that!

In 2015, Beakerhead generated more than 140 million media impressions, led by riveting photographs that made their way around the world.

How?

A 23-member, volunteer Beakerhead Photography and Video Crew.

If you are interested in being a part of the 2016 Beakerhead Photography and Video Crew, you are invited to an information session to learn about the team composition, behind-the-scenes access and distribution opportunities. Attendance at this session is required for all interested team members.

There will be a limited number of participants who will make up the Beakerhead Photography and Video Crew for the 2016 event. Details of the selection process will be discussed at the info session.

PREREQUISITES: Own camera, a portfolio of previous work, and willingness to be a part of something awesome!

DIY BEAUTIFUL HOME LIGHTING WORKSHOP

Shed some light on your creative side! And undertake your next home decor project in the name of science.
By the end of this two-day workshop, you will be the proud creator and owner of a beautiful work of lighting for your home or office. We’re not talking crafts here, we’re talking about a gorgeous item that no one will believe you made.
The fact that you will effortlessly enter the world of design software and laser cutting is part of the beauty. Not only will your friends be impressed by your new home décor item, but also your new-fangled technical knowledge!

 

Your learning helps researchers learn too
This workshop is part of a research project led by the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary – a Beakerhead partner.  All participants must be willing to give feedback on the workshop and sign waivers allowing the workshop leaders to document the event.

Two consecutive Saturday afternoons are required to complete the project

  • Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Request for Proposals: Media and Print Partners

Beakerhead hit the streets and airwaves in 2015, with more than 65 events attracting more than 112,000 in-person encounters and more than 140 million national and international media impressions.

Building on the first three launch years, this registered charity seeks media partners in print, radio, online and broadcast media as well as printing and production partners, who will help to tell this story in a highly engaging way across local, national and international markets.

In 2016, Beakerhead will take place from September 14 – 16.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RFP

RFP Timeline

  • January 12: RFP issued
  • February 8: Deadline to submit proposals
  • February 19: Selected partners notified

Please direct any queries to Michelle Htun-Kay, Director of Marketing and Communications at michelle@beakerhead.com

Top photo by Neil Zeller Photography

Beakerhead Photo and Video Team: Info Session

A photographer’s career can be made by capturing the unusual and eliciting emotion. Beakerhead provides a wealth of opportunity for that!

In 2015, Beakerhead generated more than 140 million media impressions, led by riveting photographs that made their way around the world.

How?

A 23-member, volunteer Beakerhead Photography and Video Team.

If you are interested in being a part of the 2016 Beakerhead Photography and Video Crew, you are invited to an information session to learn about the team composition, behind-the-scenes access and distribution opportunities. Attendance at this session is required for all interested team members.

BEAKERHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO TEAM 2016 INFO SESSION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

5:30 – 7:00 PM

#101 – 1615 10 AVE SW, CALGARY, AB

 

There will be a limited number of participants who will make up the Beakerhead Photography and Video Team for the 2016 event. Details of the selection process will be discussed at the info session.

PREREQUISITES: Own camera, a portfolio of previous work, and willingness to be a part of something awesome!

RSVP HERE

Space is limited to first 50 registrants.

Photo above of Denise Kitagawa taking photos of El Pulpo Mechanico. Photo by SDL Photo.

A day of raw imagination

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On Saturday, January 9, 24 participants journeyed backstage with the magic of The Little Prince – The Musical, and learned how to design and build inflatable art moons and planets.

Award-winning Set and Costume Designer Bretta Gerecke ignited everyone’s imagination in a whole new way, and then put those skills to use to create a collaborative inflatable floating artwork of moons and planets.

The results were truly delightful!

Photos by Andre Goulet.
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Inflatable Art and Design Workshop

DRAW ME A SHEEP. BUILD ME A MOON.

Design and innovation are anything but seamless, and that’s where the beauty lies. In this unique hands-on workshop, participants will journey backstage with the magic of The Little Prince – The Musical.

Award-winning Set and Costume Designer Bretta Gerecke will re-ignite your imagination in a whole new way, and share proven methods for sparking and testing new ideas by using your hands – and positive creative thinking.  Then put those skills to use to create a collaborative inflatable floating artwork of moons and planets.

LEARN, BUILD … AND EXHIBIT! 

Participants will be guided through Bretta’s creative design and problem-solving methods, and will receive a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of The Little Prince set in progress. Then everyone will roll up their sleeves to design, build and launch an inflatable art installation of moons and planets.

The completed pieces will be on exhibit during the world premiere of The Little Prince – The Musical (January 19 – February 28, 2016) and will be re-installed publicly during Beakerhead (September 14 – 18, 2016)!

WORKSHOP MENTORS:

Bretta Gerecke, Set and Costume Designer
Bretta Gerecke is renowned for her playful,  imaginative and innovative designs. She  is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton, where she has designed 16 world premieres which have toured globally including New York, London, Edinburgh and Toronto (Elephant Wake, Frankenstein, Nevermore). She has also created designs for Theatre Calgary, Edmonton Opera, the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Center and Cirque du Soleil (Allavita).  She is the recipient of over twenty-five awards and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize.

Marjan Eggermont, Associate Dean, Schulich School of Engineering
Marjan Eggermont (BA, BFA, MFA, and PhD candidate) is an accomplished artist, computational designer and educator. As Associate Dean (Student Affairs) with the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Ms. Eggermont works to blend the worlds of design, bio-mimicry and engineering together to foster creative thinkers and builders.

REGISTER:

Registration fee $35.
Limited to 24 participants.

To secure your spot, email Kaye Dauter-Booth at kbooth@theatrecalgary.com, or call 403-294-7440 ext. 1122

Note: Youth 14 years and up are warmly welcome, but must be accommodated by an adult who is also registered for the workshop.

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HIRING: Director of Marketing and Communications

Beakerhead is hiring for a talented and experienced Director of Marketing and Communications.

Beakerhead is looking for a rising star to take the driving seat of Beakerhead’s marketing machine!

If you have star quality when it comes to marketing*, love a challenge, have tons of natural talent, unlimited energy and a desire to make your mark as a leader in creative communications, Beakerhead may have the perfect position for you.

After helping to get this jumbo jet off the ground, Beakerhead’s first director of marketing and communications is moving with her family to the Middle East. We need to find a new Director of Marketing and Communications by the middle of May.

The new director will join the gifted leadership team at Beakerhead just in time to soar to success (which may require a number of long days and nights!) with Beakerhead 2016.

Sound like your kind of party? Please send a cover letter plus resumé to: Mary Anne Moser, moser@beakerhead.com

 

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE JOB POSTING

* A 10-year track record showing an exceptional ability to perform is required. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in Beakerhead!

Deadline 26 January 2016. This job posting may be re-opened after the deadline and until a suitable candidate is hired. Start date for this position is mid-May 2016.

 

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Beakerhead website upgrade

Beakerhead is requesting proposals for a website upgrade (not re-do) aimed to build on and improve the current site’s visual appeal, interactivity, engagement, responsiveness and content management system.

 

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Response deadline: January 30, 2016 at noon Mountain Time

Timeline

  • January 30: RFQ submitted to connect@beakerhead.com
  • February 5:  Short-list contacted
  • w/c February 15: Additional information meetings/calls with short-list
  • February 24: Contract assigned
  • February 29: Planning discussions start

 

 

 

Call for Proposals: Many Hands Make Great Art

Every September, Beakerhead erupts onto the streets and venues of Calgary with clever and creative works of engineered art. This is a proposals call for community-built creations that could be a part of this ruckus. One or more of the proposed designs may be eligible for financial support to turn your design into reality!

What is the design challenge?

Beakerhead is looking for delightful and inspiring pieces that open an entertaining door to the world of science and engineering.

Thank you to The Calgary Foundation for making these community-built creations possible.

Who can take part?

Calgary communities, neighbourhoods or groups are invited to design something – mobile or stationary – that could be a conversation starter within the community, or between communities (and the world!) about making a better world by bringing art and engineering together. All proposed designs should be envisioned as projects that would require community volunteers, young and old alike, to build, drawing on both creative and technical skills.

Important dates

  • January 30, 2016: deadline for design concepts
  • February 10, 2016: projects that will receive financial support will be notified
  • September 14: unveiling of the project and shared between September 14 – 18, 2016

Download Full Call for Proposals

Questions? Email connect@beakerhead.com

Program Presenter Mixer

It’s time for the annual Beakerhead gathering of inquiring minds! If you have an idea for an event or activation during Beakerhead that you want to create and organize, this event is for you!

Two easy steps to becoming a Program Presenter:

  1. Have a read of what Program Presenters are at Beakerhead – click here.
  2. Then, gather ’round some food and drink to mingle and conspire towards next year’s Beakerhead.

And let’s have a massive toast to the people and organizations who bring energy from all corners to make Beakerhead happen each year.

We’ll also include a smattering of entertainment, plus a quick update about Beakerhead 2016. It’s already starting to rumble …

You in?