Beakerhead educational program receives three-year commitment from Talisman Energy Inc.
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[Media Release on 3 April 2014, Calgary, Canada] — Calgary and surrounding area students will take part in a city-wide and largely outdoor learning laboratory this September as part of Beakerhead, a made-in-Alberta “smash up” of art, science and engineering that is gaining attention around the globe.
The education program, which opened today for parent, teacher and school registration, has received three years of funding ($300,000) from Talisman Energy Inc. Talisman Energy Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the Beakerhead K-12 education program.
Beakerhead opens a door to the worlds of science and engineering through art and culture. A combination of creative and rational skills are developed through hands-on experiences that help students use the arts and the sciences together to engage a broader range and synergy of interests.
In 2014, there are five ways that students and schools will be involved with Beakerhead:
• Summer Intensive: a three-week summer credit course, open to students going into grades 10 to 12.
• Ignition Crew: a group of students in Grades 9 to 12, selected by teachers and mentors, to experience Beakerhead behind the scenes and act as student ambassadors.
• Atomic 13: a three-day ingenuity challenge that involves the entire school.
• Field Trips: to visit interactive exhibit sites during Beakerhead, September 10-12, 2014.
• School Visits: to meet artists and engineers in their classrooms, September 10-12, 2014.
Space is limited, so teachers, parents and schools are encouraged to register early at www.beakerhead.com/programs/school-programs. Bussing subsidies are available to schools in financial need.
“Research shows that students in general do not think of science as a creative pursuit, nor the arts a field that involves science and engineering. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth,” says Mary Anne Moser, President and Co-Founder of Beakerhead.
The second annual Beakerhead will run September 10-14, 2014. This large-scale participatory spectacle invites local and international artists, engineers, scientists, makers and students to create, compete and exhibit interactive works each fall.
“Supporting Beakerhead is a natural fit for Talisman and aligns well with our commitment to support innovative education programming that provides students with the skills and experience needed to succeed in Canada’s rapidly changing workforce. By combining art with science, technology, engineering and math, the Beakerhead program creates unique opportunities for students to explore and learn in an engaging way while making the experience inspiring, relevant and fun,” says Amy Jarek, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Talisman Energy Inc.
Beakerhead is a registered charity that advances education at the crossroads of art, science and engineering.
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