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 first-hand.

Each year, 600 Grade Six girls and their teachers come to this event. Since launching CHOICES in 1991, WISEST has impacted 16,219 girls and 4,005 teachers

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

Some participants working on a project

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

  • Build a tower designed to withstand the elements.
  • Discover how to make polymers in a chemistry laboratory.
  • Learn how to extract DNA from bananas.
  • Use liquid Nitrogen to explore the properties of frozen fruits and flowers. 
  • Test the strength of different shapes and bridge designs.
  • Program electronic cat ears with Arduinos.
  • Exploring the design of aircraft wings.
  • Discover the amazing properties of rocks and minerals.
  • Investigate crime clues in a forensics lab
  • Learn about 3D printing and TinkerCad design.
  • Experiment with the pH of different water sources.
  • Discover how to create fossil casts and molds.
  • Learn the process of creating lip balm and hand cream.


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2018 Choices Conference

Dates:  Feb. 20 & 21, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Where:  U of A

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

Learn how to register here

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