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Conference 2014: Blueprint

We are delighted to announce that our Science Expo Conference 2014: Blueprint is finally here and will be the most enriching and exciting conference to date. This year marks the fifth anniversary of our highly-anticipated conference, which will host 150 delegates from high schools all across the province for a day of education and inspiration. Students will be exposed to incredible STEM opportunities, participate in engaging workshops, and connect with both like-minded peers and accomplished speakers.

This year's theme is the evolution of science. Our goal is to bring youth back to the basics and show how technology has, essentially, become the "blueprint" in the various realms of the scientific world.

What is Science Expo?

Science Expo is the largest student-run non-profit that connects high school students to the STEM community in Canada. We hail from Vancouver to Toronto, with a network of 100 active leaders reaching 120 high schools, representing a student body of over 60,000. Our three key programs: Conference, School Outreach, and Peer Mentorship, add value through transformational processes aimed to inspire, showcase opportunities, and to equip students with beyond-the-classroom learning.


Speakers and Workshops

Axel Dr. Axel Guenther

Dr. Guenther is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering with cross-appointment to the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He obtained his doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and conducted postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is recipient of the ETH silver medal (2002), the Ontario Early Researcher Award (2009), the I.W. Smith Award of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (2010) and currently holds the Wallace G. Chalmers Chair of Engineering Design (2012-). He has published more than 30 scientific papers and invented 3 licensed technologies. Dr. Guenther co-organizes "Ontario-on-a-Chip", the annual event on microfluidics, microreactors and labs-on-a-chip, which facilitates contact between university researchers and chemical, pharma, biotech, advanced materials and analytical device companies and is the Scientific Director of a new Centre for Microfluidic Systems in Chemistry and Biology in Toronto.

Andy Andy Thibodeau

Andy will be running a networking workshop designed to get all the conference participants on their feet to laugh, cheer, and meet each other! This will break the ice between the participants and help to create new friendships with the other conference attendees.

Josh Joshua Liu

Joshua Liu is a physician, innovator, and entrepreneur. He has graduated with an MD from the University of Toronto, co-founded Seamless Mobile Health, and has been recently included in the Forbes Top 30 Under 30.

Brad Brad Bass

Dr. Brad Bass received his PhD in Geography from Penn State University, in 1989. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Green Roof Research, and was one of the scientists that contributed to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Bass is founder and Director of the University Research Experience in Complex Systems (URECS). URECS brings secondary school students and university students together to explore complexity using computer simulation and the construction of ecological technologies. Dr. Bass is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto in the School of the Environment and a founding member of the Collaborative for URbanRENewal Toronto through Sustainability (CURRENTS). CURRENTS, a working group of Science for Peace, is developing innovative approaches to urban sustainability and food security.

DNA UOIT Workshop

In UOIT’s engaging workshop on biology, delegates will get a chance to take a closer look at what makes all of us who we are. They will not only gain interesting knowledge on the topic of DNA, but will also participate in hands-on activities to explore the macroscopic world of the human body.

Math Maplesoft Workshop

In the Maplesoft workshop, students will tackle interesting mathematical and engineering focused problems with modeling software courtesy of Maplesoft. They will be able to manipulate numerical data and participate in advancing technological education.

Laptops generously provided by the Yorkdale Microsoft store.

DEEP DEEP Workshop

Join the University of Toronto's Engineering Outreach Office for an innovative, hands-on engineering design challenge! Participants will explore the engineering design process, as well as build and test structures using unique materials. Be prepared to take a way a little learning and have a little fun! Engineering Outreach offers the DEEP Summer Academy as well as year-long programs for pre-university students in grades 3 through 12.


9:30 Delegate registration
10:00 Welcoming Address
10:30 Keynote speaker: Dr. Axel Guenther
11:30 Workshop Set #1
12:20 Workshop Set #2
1:00 Lunch Break + STEM Exhibition
2:30 Speaker Set
3:20 Delegate Challenge
In partnership with National Geographic
4:10 Keynote speaker: Dr. Joshua Liu
4:50 Closing Address
Metro Hall
55 John St
Toronto, ON
M5V 3C6


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