Beakerhead Club in full swing

Greg Ball, left, and Rob Sadowski, two instructors who play a part in helping to organize the Beakerhead club. (Photo by Katerina Masyk)

Greg Ball, left, and Rob Sadowski, two instructors who play a part in helping to organize the Beakerhead club. (Photo by Katerina Masyk)





As of the week of Nov. 1 2017, The Beakerhead Club is now considered an official club by SAITSA and is in full-swing preparing for 2018s iteration of Beakerhead amongst other things.
Beakerhead is Calgary’s very own science, art and entertainment festival and year-round education initiative. It was founded upon the idea of engaging the public with science and engineering through art and interactivity.
The festival was founded by journalist and designer Mary Anne Moser, and former host of the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, Jay Ingram.
Even though the club is only in its infancy, members are already planning projects and gadgets to build for 2018s Beakerhead. The club is even being visited by Beakerhead co-founder, Ingram, to critique ideas.
“No idea is a bad idea,” said club member and SAIT mechanical engineering student, Neil Farynouski.
Farynouski said that as of right now the club is whittling down broad concepts, into more tangible, doable, projects.
Headed by club president Becker Salkald, a SAIT mechanical engineering technologist student, the club was created by students at the suggestion of two SAIT instructors with the School of Manufacturing and Automation, Rob Sadowski and Greg Ball.
Salkald said he volunteered the last few years at Beakerhead, and at the suggestion of Sadowski and Ball, he and his classmates’ interests were piqued to start the club at SAIT.
He said he and the rest of the club hope that the club continues on after they graduate from SAIT and doesn’t just fizzle out.
“SAIT plays a leading part of engineering in Calgary,” said Salkald.
Sadowski, Ball and the students at the club said both Beakerhead and SAIT share a common value of learning and innovating through curiosity.
“Our diploma is about what Beakerhead is,” said Alyson Covin, a SAIT mechanical engineering technology student.
Covin said she also volunteered with Beakerhead in previous years, and she’s struggled with creativity as an engineer.By joining the club, she said she hopes to build upon being more creative as she strives to “come up with things that improve the quality of life.”
“The most successful engineers do creative things in their spare time,” said Covin.
Covin also said that Beakerhead is a way to involve women in science and engineering and also show that one can still be creative as an engineer.
“I’ve always struggled with creativity,” said Covin.
Instructors Sadowski and Ball have been involved with Beakerhead since 2013. In 2014, the two worked on a steam-punk blender, a collaborative project between faculty from both SAIT and ACAD.
For 2017s Beakerhead, Sadowski and Ball built a pedal-powered “pi” bike that Ball drove around Fort Calgary for the night of Beakerhead’s main event, Beakernight.
The Beakerhead Club meets on Wednesdays at noon in room TF114 in the Thomas Riley Building on SAIT campus. Club president, Becker Salkald, can be contacted at becker.salkald@edu.sait.ca

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