DiscoverE is a student-delivered initiative of the Faculty of Engineering with a focus on fun, accessibility and mentorship! We deliver high-impact classroom workshops, unique clubs and events, and engaging summer programs to over 27,000 youth every year, and our programs reach over 80 communities across northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Our mission is to have children and youth recognize the value and importance of engineering, science and technology in today’s world and consider the pursuit of related fields a fun, interesting and rewarding option for their future. DiscoverE was founded in Edmonton in 1993 in response to a national concern about the shortage of engineers, scientists and technically literate individuals in Canadian society. This shortage was identified as a result of the lack of interest in science, math and technology in younger generations. If children are exposed to engineering and science at an early age, they are more likely to pursue further studies in these fields.
In 2016, DiscoverE remains committed to our original mission. Our programs feature an interactive, hands-on approach to learning. Many students who attended some of the first DiscoverE summer camps are now pursuing post-secondary education and careers in engineering and science, and some have even returned to work at DiscoverE as instructors!
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