Why We Exist
Where would our world be without Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)?
There would be no Internet or iPhone. Online purchasing or e-Learning wouldn’t exist. Developing vaccines for viruses such as Ebola or Zika would be nearly impossible. The face of our world, and our daily lives, would be considerably different today.
The Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) inspires youth to discover their potential in these STEM fields, attracting bright hardworking students to grow their great ideas into initiatives they can take into the larger world.
Discovery starts with the grain of an idea driven by curiosity that when pursued evolves into solving real issues that have meaningful impacts on the world around us.
It’s essential that we nurture and encourage these ideas, no matter how big or small.
Because they will very likely one day touch our lives in a very significant way.
Aspiring young scientists, engineers and problem solvers become engaged STEM leaders through encouragement and opportunity.
Dr. Breanne Everett, CYSF Alum 1997-2002
“I really owe where I am today to the experience I gained with participating in the science fair,” says Dr. Breanne Everett who entered science projects ranging from exploring a butterfly’s attraction to color through to researching breast cancer indicators. “The CYSF has absolutely impacted my career and really gave me an appreciation for science, the scientific method, and the desire to explore new ideas and concepts.”
Dr. Everett is now the founder and CEO of Orpyx Medical Technologies, a company that helps those with diabetic nerve damage track their foot health more effectively to prevent foot ulcers.
Kelcie Miller-Anderson, CYSF Alum 2005-2012
“CYSF gave me an opportunity to explore my passion for science and taught me about the importance of innovation,” says Kelcie Miller-Anderson who at the age of 15 began developing an in-situ method to treat tailings water in the oil industry using oyster mushrooms. Her idea stemmed from her natural curiosity when seeing a single dandelion growing up through pavement as she wondered how it could be there.
“I just founded my first company, MycoRemedy, that is based on my research from my 10th and 12th grade science fair projects. We’ve already secured our first round of investment and are projected to be remediating our first sites in 2016. It’s crazy to think that it all started with a high school science fair project!”