science LITERACY ASSOCIATION Connecting Scientists to the Community
What is ASLA?
ASLA is a Promoter of active
life-long interest in science, technology and nature. With programs
for children, educators and the general public ASLA "brings science to life" in Alberta communities.
The Alberta Science Literacy Association (ASLA) has a new video "About ASLA". Enjoy this video which gives a great overview of ASLA's contributions to science outreach in Alberta.
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link scientists from industry, government
and post-secondary institutions to students and communities across
Alberta. Our scientists cover scientific disciplines from aeronautical
engineering to zoology and bring not only their extensive knowledge
and understanding of science but also their excitement and eagerness
to share it and to involve the audience in the process. They use
hands-on activities, show and tell, questions and answers and
discussions to deliver their message.
In our last fiscal year (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) 61,182 children and adults were inspired by an ASLA program. Our programs were delivered by 1,091 volunteer scientists and engineers who contributed 5,248 hours of their time helping to create an enthusiasm and interest in science.
"A huge thank you to all involved in making
the Family Science Olympics a reality. My daughter and
I, along with 3 of our friends had a blast."
ASLA is the Umbrella Organization
science networks based
in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.
Each network runs programs that place volunteer
scientists in the classroom, offering experiential science opportunities
to students - at no cost. A wide range of other programs have
also been developed to meet community needs and to capitalize
on local expertise. Ranging from teacher professional development,
resource kits, science fair judging, science olympics, career
days, mentorship programs, science festivals, camps and workshops,
the networks create strong connections between scientists and
communities around the province. ASLASupports all
these initiatives, analyzes statistics, enhances common elements
between networks and facilitates the sharing of best practices.
"Awesome! Theory, practical knowledge and experience
delivered in an energetic presentation. Perfectly tied to curriculum.
ASLA is a Gateway for other organizations to access the audiences we serve. By fostering collaborations with professional organizations, academic institutions, the education community and others interested in science outreach, we frequently leverage additional opportunities from local events and visits by eminent scientists.