Media Advisory - Kids game will help build Canada's economic future

CALGARY and OTTAWA, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - An unprecedented interactive online game launching Wednesday will help attract the professional engineers who will fuel Canada's economy for decades to come.

EnGenious is an online game and career website developed by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in partnership with Engineers Canada. EnGenious is designed to appeal to junior high-aged students amid mounting evidence of long-term professional engineer shortages across the country.

The game challenges players to conquer ten science-based challenges, developed with professional engineers, to improve the social, health and safety, economic and environmental lot of the EnGenious world. Kids will also learn about the personal benefits of a career in professional engineering.

The game will be launched nationally with simultaneous media events in Ottawa and Calgary.

When:   Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
    11:00 a.m. EST, 9:00 a.m. MST
Where:   Ottawa: National Museum of Science and Technology, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd.
    Calgary: St. Martha School, 6020 4th Ave. NE
Speakers:   Ottawa: Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., president of Engineers Canada; Leah Lawrence, P.Eng., president of APEGA
    Calgary: Craig McFarland, P.Eng., APEGA councillor; Vicki Reid, director of community affairs for Cenovus Energy
Visuals:   Projected game images/demonstrations, kids playing the game

SOURCE: Engineers Canada

For further information:

Richard Liebrecht
Manager Public Relations, APEGA
Cell: 780-995-6691

Will Meyer
Manager Communications, Engineers Canada
613.232.2474 ext 249

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