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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 for the 2017 SHIFT Lab Conference is NOW OPEN! Registration closes at midnight on October 10. 


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.

 2017 Conference Schedule


Studio 1, Learning Centre

Studio 2, Learning Centre

Studio 3, Learning Centre

Digital Media Studio

Sessions Block 1


From Cores to CTS: High School Cross Curricular Program Design

Great Idea… But HOW?  Our Journey Creating a Maker Space

Explore & Play: What happens when you start every day with exploration and play?

Design Thinking Adventures: Global Day of Design & Once You Try, Your Students Fly

Sessions Block 2


Girls in TECH – Creating the School’s STEAM Team

Using Children’s Literature to Spark the Design Thinking Process

Personalizing Science for High School Students Using a Brainstorming for Innovation & Design Approach

Who Should Pay to Clean Up the West Village? A Student Exploration.

Lunch 11:45-12:30

Boxed Lunch + Discussion Groups

Sessions Block 3


Cross Grade & Design Challenge Collaboration

Building Professional Connections in Your Maker Space

WTF SHIFT Lab? The What, The Talk & The Fun

Nature Nurturing Children: A Head, Heart & Hands Approach to Learning

Sessions Block 4


Cultivating Empathy and Authentic Connection in Learning Environments

Warm Up to Failure: Embracing a Growth Mindset

Design Thinking in the CTF Classroom

Graduation 3:4-4:15

SHIFT Lab Graduation (Inspiration Stage + Terrace)