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SHIFT Lab Conference

SHIFT Lab Conference

Join curious educators at the hands-on, discussion-based SHIFT Lab conference. Engage in dialogues around critical issues in the classroom and your practice. Be a learner while exploring themes of design thinking, making/tinkering, inquiry, and innovation in education.

Discussion sessions begin with introductions on an idea and grow with guiding questions. Then, dig a little deeper with hands-on explorations.

Registration will open in mid-2017.

When: October 20, 2017

Where: TELUS Spark, Calgary's Science Centre

Who: Open to all educators, administrators, and people curious about adding an innovative edge to their practice.

Cost: $125. Space is limited. Fee includes continental breakfast, light lunch and session materials. There will be a discounted rate for students.

Educators and administrators from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend and contribute to the learning. The conference will have up to 20 sessions covering grades K-12 and administration topics. Sessions are developed and led by the educators from the SHIFT Lab one-year program.


The below schedule is an example of past SHIFT Lab Conference Sessions:


Studio 1, Learning Centre

Studio 2, Learning Centre

Studio 3, Learning Centre

Lab 1, Learning Centre

Sessions Block 1


Making Room for Creativity and Collaboration in Limited Space

Connecting to Community in High School Science

Making Meaning Through Makerspace

Language Arts...Cookin' with STEAM

Sessions Block 2


Making Community Connections through Maker Night

A Face, A Space, A Learning Place: Teaching the Whole Child

Teaching Scientific Concepts in an Early Elementary Classroom through 'Making'

Embracing the Continuous & Connected Nature of Learning

Lunch 11:45-12:45

Boxed Lunch + Discussion Groups (Dome Lobby/Atrium/Terrace)

Sessions Block 3


Edcamp on Edtech

There's a Genius in All of Us!

Failing Through Design: A Journey Through Making Space for Makerspaces

How to Use Design Thinking to Engage Students in Community Involvement

Sessions Block 4


Making Middle School Math Creative: Project-based Activities to Engage Students & incorporate Real World Problems

Literacy Hooks for Maker Education

A Journey Through Design Thinking

How might we design STEAM experiences for students that support them as critical thinkers, designers and contributors?

Graduation 4:00-4:30

SHIFT Lab Graduation (Inspiration Stage + Terrace)