APEGA Science Olympics Events for K-12 Students


The APEGA Science Olympics are interactive, inter-school, engineering and geoscience events for students in Grades 1 to 12 that take learning beyond the classroom. Students are given a series of problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of engineering and geoscience, and allow students to see first-hand how these fields impact our everyday lives.

Students cover many areas of scientific study, while learning to work and interact within a group. They use their skills and innovative ideas to develop creative solutions to various challenges. All challenges at these events are related to Alberta school curricula, and have been developed by work groups comprising APEGA professional engineers and professional geoscientists, as well as local teachers.

Science Olympics Events

The 2021 APEGA Science Olympics events are currently being scheduled and will be posted below as more information is available!

New for 2021 - Edmonton and Calgary Events

APEGA continues to closely monitor the situation related to COVID-19, and is committed to the safety of all event attendees.

The APEGA Science Olympics – Edmonton and the APEGA Science Olympics - Calgary are tentatively scheduled for March 6, 2021 and May 15, 2021, respectively, and will be held in-person, if possible. With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, preparations are also being made to move the events online. The final decision to host in-person or transition online will be made in January 2021 for the Edmonton event, and in March 2021 for the Calgary event.

This year, the Classroom Challenge (to be completed by all participants, individual or team) can be completed remotely. In contrast to previous years where teams brought their Classroom Challenge prototypes to the events for judging, participants will be asked to put together a 5-minute video presentation documenting their progress and the final testing of their prototype. This video and any associated documents will be submitted online for evaluation prior to the event, regardless of whether the event runs in-person or online.

APEGA is accepting registrations from individual students for the 2021 events for those who are unable to work in a cohort group. Individual participants will complete similar challenges to teams, but will be evaluated according to a different rubric. Individual participants must be registered by a parent or guardian.

There is no cost to reserve your spot in the event. Should the event proceed in-person, you will be contacted for payment and to confirm your participation in the in-person portion of the event. All individuals and teams who submit a Classroom Challenge will receive feedback on their prototype, regardless of whether they attend the in-person portion of the event. If the event transitions online there will be no cost to attend.

Scheduled Science Olympic Events

Upcoming Science Olympics Events

Check back regularly for updates for upcoming events in:

  • Fort McMurray
  • Grande Prairie
  • Lloydminster
  • Medicine Hat
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer

For more details about regional events, please contact [email protected].

Judging the Challenges

Teams are given a score for each challenge. Their cumulative scores are then measured against set point thresholds, from which final rankings are determined. This may result in multiple teams receiving gold, silver, and bronze.

Photographs at the Event

An APEGA Member will be taking photographs of teams and activities during the APEGA Science Olympics. These images are collected for use in promoting science and technology events, and they may be made public by means of printed or electronic publication. Individuals’ names will not be published; only school names may be published if applicable.

Additional Details

  • The only people allowed in the challenge area at any time are students and judges.
  • Spectators are welcome! Bring someone to watch and cheer for your team.