Innisfail high hosting exclusive Canada 150 exhibit
Innovation150 a national partnership to inspire students
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 06:00 am
Scott MacDonald, vice- principal of Innisfail High School
INNISFAIL- The town’s high school will be transformed tomorrow (May 31), as it becomes one of only four locations in the province to host the nationwide Innovation150 exhibit.
Innovation150 is a national partnership making its way across the country for Canada’s 150th year. It is designed to provide inspiring experiences in science, technology and innovation for young people, families and communities during Canada’s milestone anniversary.
The exhibit involves an interactive science exhibition and extensive display, which is open to the public in the evening. During the day, four different lessons and presentations will be provided to Innisfail High School students and other Chinook’s Edge schools.
“This all came about when Ryan Beck (Sundre High School) and I attended the Perimeter Institute’s EinsteinPlus Physics Teachers’ Workshop last summer,” said Deen Lockhat, math and physics teacher at Innisfail High School. “The Perimeter Institute is a key organizer of Innovation150, which speaks to the calibre of the event. Once we applied to attend the camp, where teachers from across Canada and around the world gathered to expand their knowledge in modern physics, we are now unable to reapply for another five years because the program is in such big demand. They want to reach as many teachers as possible, and now through the travelling Innovation150 exhibit they want to reach as many students as possible.
“It is highly significant that Innisfail high has been given this opportunity, because the magnitude of the program is huge,” he added. “Our Chinook’s Edge schools are excited about the opportunity and we have over 300 students who will be joining us throughout the day.”
The exhibit will be open to the public at Innisfail High School from 6 to 8:00 p.m. on May 31. The only other stops in Alberta are Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton.
“Everyone here is really excited and proud that the tour will be stopping at Innisfail High School,” said vice-principal Scott MacDonald. “Innovation150 involves five leading science organizations that celebrate Canada's innovative past and sparks the ideas and ingenuity that will propel our future.”