Direct from the Operating Room

The Operating Room

With Alberta Health Services

For more information or to book, please contact [email protected] or call 403.817.6800

December 12

February 27, 2024

April 16, 2024

May 14, 2024 - *Virtual only

8:00 – 10:00 AM MT (start time may shift slightly)

* On-site or virtually online. For onsite participants, schools to arrive at Spark no later than 7:45 AM MT


Grades 9–12


Alberta Health Services


On-site: $20 per student
Online: $295 per class of 35

Paging all students to the operating room! Spark is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Direct From the Operating Room with Alberta Health Services.

Students and teachers are invited to the operating room at Rockyview General Hospital for a live knee surgery led by Dr. Jason Werle (Clinical Section Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Calgary). Participants not only watch the live surgery, but are able to ask real-time questions to a medical resident onsite at Spark and the operating room team.

All surgeries are filmed with multiple high definition cameras, streamed directly to the classroom – offering unique way to learn about preventative medicine, anatomy, biomedical engineering and other specialty careers in medicine!

Alberta curriculum connections:

  • Biology 20: Human Systems.
  • Physical Education:
  • Recreational Leadership (Health, Recreation & Human Services).
  • Sports Medicine.
  • Sports Performance.

Topics explored:

  • Human anatomy.
  • Surgical procedures and equipment.
  • Rehabilitation.
  • Medical careers.

How to Book

To book, please call 403.817.6800 and secure your spot!

Direct From the Operating Room is limited to schools with teacher supervision only.

Individual bookings are not available at this time. Limited spaces available.


    • Teacher Tips and Tech Requirements

      - Register early to secure your spot! Spaces are limited.

      - Students and participants may feel nausea during the program. A sick bucket is advised to have on hand.

      - The program will be streamed via zoom. A laptop, microphone and zoom account is required.

      - One connection per booking. Each booking will be permitted to connect to the surgery using one device. It is highly recommended to project the program onto a larger screen.

      - Due to the sensitivity and nature of the program, a recording will not be available.

      - This offering is limited to schools with teacher supervision only. At-home and individual bookings are not available at this time.

    • Payments and Cancellations

      - Booking changes or cancellations for the Direct From the Operating Room program must be completed at least two weeks before the scheduled program. Any changes are subject to availability. Cancellations within 10 business days of your visit or connection will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.

      - For questions about field trip costs, availability or general inquiries, please contact the School Bookings team at 403.817.6800.

      - Participants acknowledge that patient safety is the priority, and that the Direct From the Operating Room experience is provided for learning purposes. Spark and the Alberta Health Services reserve the right to cancel a broadcast at any time to maintain patient safety. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be provided.

TELUS Spark Science Centre gratefully acknowledges Repsol Oil & Gas Canada for their generous support of the award-winning Direct From series.

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