Parents: What you Need to Know

We are pleased to welcome your child to Generate and we know that you’ll have some questions.Gener8 Day 1-181

Your son or daughter has been invited to participate in Generate 2015, a unique gathering of young people to learn about, and create action on energy in Alberta. Inside Education is very excited about the opportunity for 20 schools from across Alberta to join together at the beautiful Banff Centre for three days of sharing ideas and discussion.

You can find more details about the conference on this website or request them from your child’s teacher supervisor. We have addressed some further questions you may have below.

Who is Inside Education?

Inside Education is an award-winning not-for-profit charitable education society. We provide educational programs and services to Alberta’s K-12 school system all related to Alberta’s natural resources and environment. We have more than 29 years experience delivering education programs for Alberta’s teachers and students.

Generate 2015 is an exciting next step where teachers and students are invited to learn together by adopting the role of “Energy Leadership Teams.”  They will learn with and from experts in the environmental community, industry, government and post secondary institutions.

Our staff of professional educators are all experienced in delivering engaging, fun and safe education programs indoors and out!

What is Generate 2015?

The Generate Summit is being held from the evening of Thursday, March 12 through to just before noon on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Generate 2015 is an opportunity for 20 high schools from across Alberta to each send teams of four exceptional young people for three days of learning about energy in Alberta. Participating students will have an opportunity to investigate the science, issues, and careers related to energy and the relationship between energy and the environment. As a culminating activity of the Summit, each high school team will be challenged to come up with creative ways to share their learning with their classmates upon returning to school. These Energy Education/Leadership Action Plans will help make sure the next generation of Alberta’s young people will continue to become more literate about our province’s energy resources and innovations.

What Generate 2015 is NOT:

The Summit is an exceptional learning opportunity. Students will learn about many aspects of our energy resources – sources, uses, development. issues, innovations and stewardship – they will learn the connection of each of these to their daily lives today and into the future. They will have an opportunity to assess the positive and negative economic, environmental and social values connected to energy in Alberta. While support from Alberta’s industries and the Government of Alberta has made it possible for all schools to attend the Generate Summit at no cost, the Summit will not promote any specific viewpoint or perspective.

What will the students be doing?

Students will spend three days visiting with Alberta’s energy leaders. Through a combination of short presentations, interactive and skill-building workshops and activities, keynote addresses, and project planning, students will be doing a lot of learning over the three days! On the last day of our visit together, school teams will share some of their learning with peers prior to departing before noon on Sunday.

Included in the Summit will be a social event for the students at Mountview BBQ, just a short ride from the Banff Centre.

What about the venue?

Schools will be gathering in Alberta’s beautiful Banff National Park for the Generate 2015 Summit. Our host venue for the event is the Banff Centre, located in the town of Banff, approximately 129km west of Calgary. Students will be in same-gender shared accommodations (two students per room) and the teacher supervisor will choose the rooming assignments. The Banff Centre is a campus and is very experienced in large conferences and is exceptional at meeting dietary restrictions and needs.

While wildlife can be an issue in Banff National Park, we will be inside for most of the program.  We do not anticipate any wildlife concerns – though we do hope to see some deer and elk on our journey!

All other information will be provided by your school prior to their journey to Banff. We look forward to meeting your child and experiencing this exciting learning opportunity with them!

If you have specific questions or concerns that have not been addressed here, please contact us.

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