Beakerhead in your School

Set the tone for a year of creative collaboration with a burst of inspiration and Beakerhead at your school.


Photo: Sultana School


Photo: Edmonton Home School

There are four ways that Beakerhead can visit your school. Get the whole school involved with an assembly, day of hands-on learning or team building. Or invite a Beakerhead artist/engineer into your classroom. Visits available September 12 – 16, 2016.

Beakerhead Day at Your School!

Grades K - 12

This year, your entire school can get inspired through a school visit experience! It starts with an assembly led by a professional presenter to invigorate your school with high-energy ideas that power up the crossroads of science, math and art. Then, roll up your sleeves for hands-on classroom projects created for different grades in your school.

  • Dates: September 12 - 16
  • Duration: All day. A 60-minute Beakerhead-led assembly in the morning is followed by teacher-led classroom activities
  • Criteria: Schools must be located in the Calgary and surrounding area.
  • Capacity is limited to 10 schools (2 schools per day) during the week of Beakerhead
  • Cost: CA$2.00 per student

Application Deadline: Registration closed.

Beakerhead Guest in Your Classroom

Grades K - 12

Meet an intriguing and talented Beakerhead artist or engineer arriving in the city for Beakerhead. They will share their stories with your class, show pictures of their marvelous creations and answer the myriad of questions your students will surely have!

  • Dates: September 14 - 16
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Criteria: Classes must be located in the Calgary and surrounding area.
  • Cost: CA$250.00

Application Deadline: Registration closed.

Boy in spider mech

Virtual Speakerhead

Grades 4 - 12

Bring the amazing UK inventor Dominic Wilcox into your classroom! Check out his take on inventions and "normal" here. Classes across the globe are warmly encouraged to take part.

Two schools will be connected via a live class feed, so students can ask questions. Questions can be asked live during Virtual Speakerhead through the webinar!

Virtual Speakerhead is co-presented by Partners in Research. Registration is open until start time. Login details released in the summer.

  • Dates: September 15 at 10:00 am MST
  • Duration: This live online event is 20 minutes presentation plus 20 minutes conversation.
  • Criteria: Open to all schools across timezones
  • Cost: Free


Ingenuity Challenge

Grades K - 12

Kick-start your September by taking part in Beakerhead’s annual classroom ingenuity challenge.

Sign up and you will receive a package in the mail at the end of August. It will be smaller than a large box but bigger than a small box. Maybe the size of a breadbox. For the first three years of this challenge, the secret package was a very large roll of aluminum foil. Expect something different this year!

Your students’ mission will be to merge art and science in an unusual way through their clever use of these simple materials. We’ll provide the theme along with the package. You add the rest!

When you are finished (no later than September 16), submit an innovative video (this is a skill too!) of the students’ creation to Beakerhead. A team of judges will assess them with an eye to originality, creativity, teamwork and technological intrigue.

Awards will be presented in two categories:
Grades K-6 and Grades 7-12

All projects will be shared on the Beakerhead website, and winners will be announced at the end of September!

  • Submission Deadline: September 16 at 5:00 pm (MST)
  • Capacity: The Ingenuity Challenge is currently at capacity for 2016.
  • Duration: This is up to the class, depending on what they want to create with their surprise material.
  • Cost: First 150 packages mailed out are free. 100 additional packages available for $25.00 per package. NOTE: If you request a package and do not take part in the challenge, you may be requested to cover the cost of the package and postage.

Application Deadline: Registration closed.