What We Do
On the surface, Beakerhead looks like a week of spectacular fun every September. But it’s more than a schedule of mesmerizing events: it’s a time and place where engineers show their creative sides, and artists get technical, where science hits the street, and everyone gets ingenious.
Leading with hands-on entertainment, Beakerhead advances the understanding of science and engineering as part of everyday life – through art and culture. It creates a world of collision and collaboration. Yes, indeed, sparks do fly when “things technical” meet “things creative”. Have we got your attention? Welcome to Beakerhead!
THIS IS WHAT WE DO:
- Inspire tomorrow’s workforce – Every child should have the chance to integrate both technical knowledge and creativity into future career choices.
- Engage everyone – Sometimes the worlds of science and engineering, or art, can seem out of reach. Beakerhead is for the artist and engineer in everyone. It creates fully inclusive experiences that encourage children, families, artists and engineers to see, touch, create and learn.
- Stimulate ingenuity – Learning through play, for lack of a better word, creates the bedrock for entrepreneurship by invigorating new ideas, designs and invention that cross traditional disciplines.
- Build an authentic contemporary culture – Beakerhead takes a core strength of Calgary – science and engineering – and flexes it in a creative and original way.
The 2013 inaugural event involved more than 70 program partners, 62,000 in-person encounters, 5,000 students and 2.1 million social media impressions. We knocked it out of the park! 2014 saw growth ramp up – all events sold out, 73,000 people took part, and social media mentions rocketed to 5.3 million.