Aurora supports the DiscoverE mentorship program
DiscoverE was established in 1993 as a response to the shortage of engineers and scientists in Canada. It originated from the observation that limited exposure to science and engineering among the younger generation was contributing to this deficit. The organizers believed introducing children and youth to these subjects at an early stage could spark their interest and lead to careers in these fields. DiscoverE took on the mission of fostering an understanding of the significance and value of engineering, science, and technology among children. Initiated by students from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering, DiscoverE concentrates on delivering dynamic, impactful workshops, distinctive clubs, engaging events, and immersive summer camps. Its influence extends across more than 70 communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, reaching an estimated total of 27,000 young individuals annually. A notable trend has emerged within DiscoverE's outreach efforts, connecting some of its initial summer camp participants with subsequent pursuits in post-secondary education. In some instances, these participants have even returned to join the ranks as DiscoverE instructors.
Aurora Hydrogen proudly participated in the 2023 DiscoverE mentorship program at the University of Alberta. Aligned with DiscoverE's mission to offer accessible and enjoyable mentorship in engineering, science, and technology, Aurora Hydrogen shares a parallel goal of kindling curiosity and exposure to the vibrant fields of engineering, technology, and innovation. This collaborative effort between Aurora Hydrogen and DiscoverE's mentorship program provided young individuals with an interactive, hands-on introduction to scientific exploration.
Engineers from Aurora Hydrogen took on the role of mentors for children and youth aged 6 to 10. They shared their knowledge about the world of innovation and technology while leading captivating engineering-themed activities. Among these mentors was Dr. Milad Zamani, a Research Engineer at Aurora Hydrogen. He led a presentation centered on aerospace and mechanical engineering. Prior to delving into the intricacies of engineering, Milad shared insights into his background, educational journey, and current occupation. The participants then engaged in constructing straw planes, applying their newly gained understanding of aerospace and mechanical engineering to the task. With only minimal materials, the students crafted functional, aerodynamic, and eco-friendly aircraft.
Tannia Mendiola, a Process Engineer at Aurora Hydrogen, also participated in the DiscoverE mentorship program. She offered an exploration of chemical engineering and an insider's perspective on her role as a process engineer. Tannia highlighted Aurora's process and technology design, allowing participants to witness the various components of Aurora's technology while gaining insights into mass balance. Her presentation concluded with an engaging crossword puzzle, effectively challenging participants to apply their newfound knowledge in a creative manner.
The collaboration between Aurora Hydrogen and DiscoverE's mentorship initiative provided an opportunity for young minds to delve into the realms of science, engineering, and technology through interactive and immersive experiences. This engagement not only broadened horizons but also ignited curiosity, leaving a lasting impact on everyone involved.