Choices Conference

What is the Choices Conference?

Science, Engineering & Technology are open doorways to the wonders of our world. The Choices Conference invites you to step through those doorways and experience this wonder first-hand.

The Choices Conference began in 1991 and now brings up to 600 Grade Six Girls together to discover the wonders of science, engineering and technology for themselves.

Teams of up to four girls from each school plus their teacher or principal spend the day at the University of Alberta.

Young girls participating in science and engineering activities at the Choices Conference.

Examples of past activities (these vary from year to year):

  • Turning a banana into a hammer using liquid Nitrogen.
  • Building a tower designed to withstand the elements.
  • Discovering how to make nylon fabric in a chemistry laboratory.
  • Extracting DNA from bananas. 
  • Making Origami to see how these cool shapes are math in action!


Want to see what Choices is all about?  Check out this video:


"All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child."  ~ Madame Marie Curie

2016 Choices Conference

When:  Feb. 16 & 17th

Where:  U of A

Who:  Up to four grade 6 girls per school and their teacher/principal from eligible school districts

Registration is open

Conference Objectives

  1. To help young women see that science is something they can do and that it is fun!
  2. To challenge students' ideas about engineers and scientists.
  3. To promote the idea that science and engineering are human experiences filled with creativity, wonder and teamwork.

"I liked how all the volunteers told us that we can do anything when we grow up, that made me feel happy because there are many things I would like to do when I grow up." -- Grade 6 Student

"My students and I enjoyed the day very much. It was well-organized and fun. All volunteers were respectful and kind and demonstrated exemplary knowledge in their field. A big thank you for stirring the minds of our young girls!" -- Teacher, 2011