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Making, creating, to be explored at Keyano College University Studies conference

Author: Greg Bennett/Tuesday, March 05, 2019/Categories: Keyano College General, Academics

We make art, communities, discoveries, and we make our world. On the weekend of March 9, the Wood Buffalo community is invited to a full-day, free conference that will explore topics surrounding the things people make, as well as the inaugural Make-A-Thon of Medical Makers YMM, the newest chapter of Medical Makers.

On Saturday, March 9, the 7th Annual Keyano College University Studies Conference will seek to understand what it means to make, unmake, and remake the world in which we live. 

Conference attendees will delve into wide-ranging topics, including the ethics of scientific making, making connections in Northern communities, and creation across the academic disciplines. 

“Making is something that we all do,” says conference organizer and Keyano College English Instructor Dr. Ryan J. Cox. “We will explore the positive aspects, like making things that bring communities together as well as the negative, like the creation of microplastics.”

Dr. Cox is particularly interested in an interactive session that will see conference participants create a song together. 

“I’ll be on stage with a guitar, and we will experience the process of making and creating together,” says Dr. Cox. “I’m excited create something new with other people.”

The conference will include a trade show style festival featuring demonstrations ranging from arts to Lego Robotics. Conference attendees will also enjoy a free lunch and a closing performance from a band of Keyano College instructors – The Specifics.

The conference keynote speaker will be physician-scientist, innovator and educator, Dr. Julielynn Wong, who will speak about her role as founder of Medical Makers, a global community of innovators who use low-cost technologies to save lives, time, and money, and officially launch Medical Makers YMM, the newest chapter in her network housed at Keyano College.

Dr. Wong’s life’s mission is to take technology to the extreme to benefit the world.  She is internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, robotics, telemedicine and digital health pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions, from outer space to remote communities with limited access to healthcare resources. She was the first to 3D print medical supplies on the International Space Station and she designed a solar-powered ultra-portable 3D printing system that can make medical supplies in off-grid communities.

On Sunday, March 10, Dr. Wong will also host the Medical Makers YMM Make-a-thon. The event is open to all members of the community, and is a great opportunity for young minds to discover how Medical Makers YMM can help them tap into a global network of innovation. The Make-a-Thon takes place in the information commons on Sunday, March 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.

“Education is a vaccine against poverty and builds mental resilience. Over 90% of the world's population do not hold university degrees… One reason why is that students can't afford to pay their academic fees.  Our solution is to reduce fees by 3D printing lower cost, high-quality STEM education supplies locally,” said Dr. Wong.  “The designs successfully printed at your inaugural Medical Make-A-Thon will also be printed by two Medical Makers crews of Martian analogue astronauts at the Mars Desert Research Station!”

For schedule information and updates, and to register for the conference, please visit the Eventbrite page.


For more information contact:
Greg Bennett, Communications Coordinator, Keyano College,

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