Once again, student teams across Alberta are beginning their work on solving real-world science problems. This year, in the high school and middle school category, MindFuel has seven schools participating.

“Seeing middle and high school students working with mentors to tackle real-world problems with mentors is what geekStarter is all about,” said Magda Pop, MindFuel project manager.  “MindFuel currently delivers the program with funding support from Alberta Innovates.”

geekStarter engages students to solve authentic problems and build solutions based on cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Teams aspire to compete at regional, national and international levels.

Here is an overview of this year’s participants, which include new and returning teams.

Synthetic biology teams

  • Ted Harrison School – Calgary (Calgary Board of Education)
  • Notre Dame Collegiate – High River (Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Division)
  • Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy (OLS) – Canmore (Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Division)
  • Lethbridge High-School Team – multiple high schools from Lethbridge

Information and communication technology (ICT) Teams

  • Ross Sheppard High-School – Edmonton (Edmonton Public School Board)
  • FIRST Robotics Team 5897: APEX Robotics – Calgary
  • Father Mercredi Community High School RSports – Fort McMurray (Fort McMurray Catholic Schools)