I just returned from the BP A+ for Energy Conference, which was held in Banff. It was another fantastic summer learning opportunity, and I'm very grateful that I had the chance to attend! I was able to attend this conference because two of my coworkers and I applied for this grant back in May, and were successful! This coming year, we will be working on the past/present/future of the energy industry with the Division II kids at our school, looking at Alberta specifically for Grade 4, and branching out into Canada for Grade 5, and looking at government involvement in Grade 6. We will be linking this up with a book series, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, which serves as an analogy of a dystopian future.
The conference was a great chance to meet other people who were granted awards, many of whom have won more than once, to discuss projects, ideas, and plans. We also took part in some in-depth discussions about the energy sector in Alberta (specifically oil/gas/coal, wind/solar/hydro/geothermal), ate some absolutely delicious food, and enjoyed the scenery in Banff.
I had a great time with my coworker, Kat, and met lots of new wonderful people that I hope that I get to connect with again soon!