Skills Exploration Days


The Design Challenge, Teacher Guide, and other helpful resources will be posted in the early Fall 2019!

Registration for Skills Exploration Days opens September 18th, 2019 at 8:30 AM. Schools may register up to 2 teams, 4 students per team. There will be additional waitlist spots available. Team cost is $80.00 - invoiced directly to the school post event.

Southern Alberta Skills Exploration Days

November 19 & 20, 2019 - WinSport International Arena, Calgary

Northern Alberta Skills Exploration Days (Tentative)

November 26 & 27, 2019 - Edmonton Expo Centre, Edmonton
The Northern Alberta program is dependent of funding approval. We will be able to confirm this program by the end of September. Inquiries can be sent to Becky Peterson,

The purpose of Skills Exploration Days is to:

1) Inspire junior high students to identify inherent skills and interests.

2) Connect students' skills and interests to trade and technology careers through interactive, hands-on experiences that promote creativity, empathy, and exploration.

3) Promote trade and technology careers as a valuable and rewarding career choice. 

Building on the Maker Day model and Alberta Education's Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) Program of Studies, students will use the design thinking process to find a solution to the challenge in the classroom and will then build a prototype with tangible real life tools and materials at Skills Exploration Days. 

Prior to building their prototype, students will rotate through the Learn-A-Skill stations while exploring their interests and passions as they learn about various career possibilities. With assistance from industry experts, students will learn how to use tools, technology, and materials safely. Students will then be able to apply these newly acquired skills and knowledge to the construction of their prototype. Unlike other SCA programs, at Skills Exploration Days, there are no winners or medals, just the freedom to explore, make mistakes and try again! 

How to Get the Most Out of Skills Exploration Days:

1- Be sure to check out the Skills Exploration Days Teacher Guide. This step by step guide will ensure all your questions are answered to ensure you have a successful Skills Exploration Days experience.

2- Expand your knowledge and learn about classroom implementation in the teacher resource: Taking Making into Classrooms: A Toolkit Fostering Curiosity and Imagination in Alberta Classrooms. This resource provides background information to making as a pedagogical orientation and intentional mindset while making connections and references to the Alberta Education CTF Program of Studies.

 A special thank you to Susan Crichton and Deb Carter from the Innovative Learning Center at UBC for their inspirational work in the Maker Movement and for assisting in the concept and content development of Skills Exploration Days.