About geekStarter

geekStarter is an enrichment program based on student-driven, hands-on research projects. Students identify real-world problems and work to develop innovative solutions through emerging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Shaping the future of STEM

The project-based learning experience encourages entrepreneurial thinking and includes hands-on workshops and skill building events. Our program supports teams’ participation in prestigious competitions where students can share their real-world projects with other young scientists and entrepreneurs, as well as with leaders in STEM. Through emphasis on multi-media presentations and networking, these events provide students with opportunities to celebrate their successes and build a community of peers across Alberta and the world.




Middle/High School and Collegiate Students from Alberta's urban and rural communities

geekStarter Teams that participated in 5 development workshops in 3 cities

Local, national and international subject matter experts and mentors


Partnerships with Alberta Universities and school districts

Industry Partners

Hours of learning and support



geekStarter students learn about problem solving using STEM. We engage them in the world of innovation, entrepreneurialism and collaboration, and mentor them to design creative solutions to real-world problems in synthetic biology and robotics. The research and group work these students undertake is supplemented by mentorship and hands-on training from subject matter experts, including many alumni whose companies grew out of their experience as geekStarter participants.- Cassy Weber, CEO MindFuel