Hydroponics, medical research and marvels of micro-engineering were all on display Saturday at Sci-Fusion, the Lethbridge Regional Science Fair and Science Olympics.
“My gosh, there is some pretty crazy and amazing stuff here today,” said Southern Alberta Technology Council (SATC) board member Carey-Lyn Holt, when asked to explain the scope of it.
Over a hundred kids took part in this year’s event and there were 75 projects for the public to view at the University of Lethbridge’s 1st Choice Savings Centre.
“Outside of the school fairs, it is the only regional fair which showcases junior science talent,” added Holt’s colleague, SATC president Dr. Arlan Schultz. “It allows these kids to showcase their research in a public forum, but also to get input directly from scientists, teachers, engineers who come and do the judging at the fair.”
Students who took part in science fair also took part in the annual Science Olympics, which introduces a surprise project which teams of students must complete on the spot. This year teams had to build some form of technology which could propel itself up a zipline.
Green thumbers swap seeds
While winter has been slow in leaving the Lethbridge area, for those coming down to the “Seedy Saturday” seed swap at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization gymnasium on Saturday they could at least get some subtle sense of spring amid the stalls and tables of green and growing things.
About 500 people were expected to go through the doors at the second annual event.
“It’s a grassroots event for people who interested in gardening and local food,” said Seedy Saturday organizer Kathleen Sheppard of Environment Lethbridge. “We have exhibits, workshops and a seed swap. It’s all free for people to come and learn about gardening and plants. And share their knowledge, get some new seeds and meet people. It’s just a great event.”
Sheppard said those who came out were passionate about gardening, curious about growing things in general or eager to get their hands on some seeds for their own local food projects. You can’t rule out cabin fever as a valid motivation either, said Sheppard.
“I think this year people are so ready for spring, and so sick of the snow, that has brought a lot of people out,” she said. “People want to get outside and grow some things.”
New president for EDL
The marketing manager for the Lethbridge Public Library has been named the new president and chairperson with Economic Development Lethbridge.
Jenn Schmidt-Rempel will succeed Bill Spenceley, who will serve as past chair of the arms-length civic organization.
“It will be an exciting time to be on the board as we continue to provide oversight on existing strategic priorities and set a new course forward with the next four-year business plan,” she says.
Through her career, Schmidt-Rempel adds, she has committed to serving the community in both her volunteer and business capacities. She leads a board of 25, drawn from a broad cross-section of Lethbridge-area residents.
Over the past year, reports chief executive officer Trevor Lewington, the board members, partners and stakeholders donated nearly 3,200 hours of volunteer time to the organization.
Co-op student of year named
A fourth-year economics student has been named “co-op student of the year” at the University of Lethbridge.
Kyle Cole completed 12 months of co-op employment, including a placement with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
A resident of Lethbridge, he also spent eight months (two co-op terms) working in the “Career Bridge” office at U of L, helping on a project merging several decentralized co-op programs onto a single portal.
“Having worked with thousands of students over the last 20 years, Kyle stood out as a superstar,” says Jasmine Berteotti, the U of L’s director of co-operative education and applied studies.
Cole has “an incredible balance of professionalism, humility and unmatched work ethic,” she adds.
His commitment to his academic responsibilities and work-related learning were deciding factors, she notes, along with his “advocacy and stewardship” of co-op education.