ARTIE Turns 12!


Grade one to eight students were invited to participate in the 12th annual Advanced Research Technology and Innovation Expo held at Algoma University on Thursday.

This expo, hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, is part of the annual Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival. ARTIE is one of the largest science and technology innovation expos for elementary school students of its kind in Canada. More than 7,000 students have participated in the past 11 years.

The approximate 1,200 students in attendance had the access and opportunity to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math, while participating in engaging and innovative experimentations and explorations through a variety of presentations hosted by organizations including Digital Creator North, the PUC, Invasive Species, Fire Services, and more.

Over the course of one day, ARTIE provided students with an opportunity to discover science and technology in fun and interactive ways, as well as the chance to hear about the vast careers in these sectors from local experts.

“We started ARTIE with the hope of sparking youth’s interest and curiosity in the science and tech fields while engaging with experts in the community to foster the next generation of science and technology leaders,” said SSMIC Executive Director Peter Bruijns. “It’s now our largest and most anticipated event for youth, and we look forward to putting this event on each year.”

ARTIE was started by the SSMIC in 2008 to take place during the National Science and Techology Week in October. However, once the Science Festival came to be, it was an opportunity to integrate the existing event into the Festival at the end of April.

This year’s exhibitors included:

  • Science North
  • Maker North
  • Invasive Species
  • Algoma U
  • Fire Services
  • MNRF
  • Sault College
  • Entomica
  • Canadian Forest Service
  • Tulloch Engineering
  • Digital Creator North
  • PUC
  • Vex Robotics
  • Kirean O’Neill; and
  • Krystiana Bourdage

The Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival wraps up on Apr. 27 with the Science Carnival at the Machine Shop.