Tech Futures teams further their skills and projects at STEM workshop

On Saturday April 17th, MindFuel hosted an online STEM workshop for the Tech Futures Challenge participants and teams. MindFuel’s Tech Futures Challenge program engages and supports student teams from grade 7 to post-secondary in identifying and solving real-world challenges using emerging STEM tools. The current focus of the Tech Futures Challenge program is prototyping solutions, and the STEM workshop was designed to support teams in building their STEM- based prototypes and skills. 

The event was attended by a total of 39 participants, with 26 students, 9 session leads and 4 MindFuel team members, and it was tailored to the needs and areas of interest self-identified by the ten teams currently in the program. In response to the participants direct input, the workshop sessions provided interactive hands-on learning opportunities and training relevant to the teams’ projects in STEM areas such as:

  • Basic coding and coding languages

  • Basic Arduino electronics

  • Product development and 3D printing

  • Bioengineering basics

  • Designing genetic circuits

  • Safeguarding Bioengineering: Biosafety, Biosecurity and Bioethics

  • Mobile App Development

Developed and delivered in collaboration with the following experienced and dedicated Tech Futures Challenge mentors and members of the community, the STEM skills workshop provided students and young innovators a unique opportunity to tap directly into the knowledge and skills of STEM practitioners and entrepreneurs.

  • Samson Hua and Kartik Sharma from AC Robotics at University of Calgary

  • Anam Rizvi - Mechanical Engineer at Syncrude, Fort McMurray

  • Chris Isaac - Program Assistant, Global Biological Policy and Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington DC

  • Emily Hicks - President & Co-Founder, FREDsense Technologies, Calgary

  • Jeremy Pick - Mobile Team Lead, Mobility Quotient, Calgary

  • Khaled Elmalawany - M.A. Engineering, Calgary

  • Laura Keffer-Wilkes - Manager, SynBridge & Instructor at University of Lethbridge

  • Nikhil Sonpal - CEO, Mobility Quotient, Calgary

Participants showed a lot of interest and enthusiasm during the sessions, and they really appreciated the opportunities for learning that were offered. There was also acknowledgement of the value this workshop provided for their growth as future STEM entrepreneurs and professionals, as shown by this message to one of the presenters: “THANK YOU for your generous willingness to share your knowledge and skills, and inspire enthusiasm in teens! Your contribution is making a difference.” 



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