MindFuel (Science Alberta Foundation)
Our Story Why We Exist
For over 25 years, MindFuel has been creating unique STEM learning resources that spark a child’s curiosity and ignite a lifelong passion for science. Established in 1990 as Science Alberta Foundation, MindFuel is a registered charitable organization committed to developing and distributing captivating hands-on and online science programs that ignite a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in students of all ages and inspire them to become the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. By encouraging exploration of real-world science and technology, we inspire a lifelong appreciation for science learning. Our award-winning programs fuel curiosity, critical thinking and imagination in students in Alberta and beyond. MindFuel’s programs are Wonderville, Ignition Pack and Edacity.
Our Impact What We Do
MindFuel creates opportunity.
We inspire students to discover their creative potential in classrooms and beyond. MindFuel’s educational programs prepare new generations to solve the problems of tomorrow. As a result, we are an agent of change helping to diversify the economy by training knowledge-based workers.
MindFuel inspires curiosity.
We create captivating hands-on and online science programs that facilitate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. By inspiring students to explore science at a young age, we equip them with the skills and knowledge to be tomorrow’s thought-leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.
MindFuel ignites classrooms.
We collaborate with subject matter experts to create science resources that engage the students of today. Through programs like Wonderville, we connect teachers with tech-infused classroom tools, STEM-based lesson plans and interactive games designed to meet learning objectives and fit curriculum.
2016 highlights include:
Total learning experiences - 2,206,699
Canadian communities served: 630 communities in English and 374 in French
Alberta communities served: 70 communities in English and 44 in French
Wonderville.org users in 170 countries
Our Programs How We Do It
Not all students learn the same way
Not all students learn the same way, that’s why MindFuel develops and shares innovative alternatives to traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning resources. These award-winning digital and hands-on learning experiences are designed to align with 21st century learning – that supports teachers in the classroom in Alberta and around the world. Our programs fuel curiosity. We work with educators to inspire learners from K-12 in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Teachers make all the difference when it comes to students’ learning.
Wonderville.org (http://www.wonderville.org) – Science driven by curiosity
At MindFuel, we believe that a spark of curiosity can change the world. Wonderville.org is a STEM blended learning platform filled with science activities, games, videos and experiments just waiting to ignite someone’s imagination. By presenting science materials in engaging and interesting ways, we break down the barriers to learning science. Wonderville.org houses awarding-winning quality-learning resources that align with Alberta’s K-12 curriculum providing educators and students alike the opportunity to find their own spark. Wonderville.org also includes teacher tools such as ready-to-teach lesson plans, an online community and reporting functionality.
Wonderville.org is used by teachers, students and parent in 170 countries.
Ignition Pack (www.ignitionpack.ca) – Bringing the spark to teaching
Ignition Pack brings classroom science to life with the resources educators need to teach a full unit of science for grades 4 through 9. The team that brought you Science-In-A-Crate is now bringing you a combination of engaging physical and digital learning resources that are designed to enhance the 21st century classroom.
Over 20 hours' worth of teaching materials are contained within each Ignition Pack, along with easy to use instructions and durable materials. Whether you are teaching science for the first time, or are an experienced teacher, you will find resources that bring new ideas to teaching science.
edacity (www.edacity.ca) – The intersection of science, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit
edacity is MindFuel's educational hub for all things related to science, innovation, and entrepreneurialism. Through course resources, mentorship connections, and entrepreneurial-inspired events, students connect the dots between their ideas, science and application.
If everyone can learn and anyone can create, then we can all innovate; Edacity provides the tools, resources and experiences in the classroom and beyond to break down the wall of scientific stereotypes, see science in the everyday, and change our world. And yet, there is little to no support to help students along innovation-based educational and career paths.
geekStarter (http://edacity.ca/programs/geekstarter/ ) - Project-based learning in cutting-edge STEM
An edacity program, geekStarter engages students in finding and solving real-world problems, and building solutions based in emerging STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The project-based learning experience culminates in inspiring community events and prestigious international competitions, where students share their research and innovations with other young scientists as well as with leaders in STEM. Through emphasis on multi-media presentations and networking, these events provide students with opportunities to celebrate their successes and build a community of peers across Alberta and the world.
When Alberta Innovates first started the program in 2009, the goal was to support undergraduate student teams from Alberta in acquiring and developing research skills in the newly emerging field of synthetic biology, and to prepare them for the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition held annually in Boston, Massachusetts (United States).
Since then, geekStarter has developed into a program rich with opportunities for Alberta’s high school and university students. It expanded beyond synthetic biology into other STEM areas, such as new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Nanotechnology (Nano), and continued its emphasis on critical 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and sustainable practices.
Our Requests What You Can Do
At MindFuel, we create aha-moments that can change a life forever.
Our students are our future. They’re tomorrow’s innovators, problem-solvers and critical thinkers. It is incredibly important that we inspire our children to question the world around them, to find creative solutions to problems and to become lifelong learners. Our resources are meant to ignite the spark that all children have – to engage them in learning. But we can’t do it alone.
Your support can help us create more life changing moments, through the creation of quality science resources for k-12 students. Donate today and help make teaching and learning STEM easy and fun for everyone. You can help inspire a lifelong passion for science.