Selkirk College GLOWS returns to KAST

GLOWS Technology Programs for Youth Return to KAST!

Selkirk College GLOWS returns to KAST

GLOWS technology programs, an important Selkirk College youth initiative, is coming back under the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) umbrella with some exciting upcoming events and programming.

GLOWS (Growing & Learning Opportunities With STEAM) provides opportunities to help youth ages 5-19 find inspiration for their post-secondary education in a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) disciplines.

This unique program includes summer camps, RobotGames, the Kootenay Contraption Contest, Girls in Engineering, and the Quantum Leaps speaker series. Events will be held in Trail, Nelson and Castlegar in the near future.

KAST created GLOWS in 2007 and ran the program for nine years until Selkirk College became the delivery lead.

It’s been a big growth year for KAST,” says KAST Executive Director Cam Whitehead. “We’re thrilled to lead such great tech-focused programming for Kootenay youth. It’s so important to get kids from all backgrounds interested in STEAM fields from an early age.

Selkirk College and KAST are longtime collaborators with major tech-focused initiatives including the MIDAS Fabrication Lab in Trail, the Web Development Program launching in fall 2019 and a Digital Fabrication Program to be launched in 2020.

Fostering an interest and passion for learning these disciplines at a young age is vital to success when students reach the post-secondary stage of their education,” says John Kincaid, Selkirk College’s Vice President of Students & Advancement. “GLOWS will continue to grow and thrive under KAST which will be of great benefit for the minds of future leaders in science, technology, problem solving and creativity.”

Upcoming events and programming:

  • Summer camps: A series of camps that will run for one to three days will be organized at MIDAS Lab (Trail) during the summer of 2019.
  • Kootenay Contraption Contest: Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 are invited to imagine, design and illustrate a “contraption” that solves a specific problem for a big prize.
  • Quantum Leaps: A workshop series to engage girls in grades 10-12 in science, engineering and technology-related post-secondary education and careers.
  • RobotGames:Youth from around the region will build, program and deck out their robots to enter RobotGames, a fun and free-spirited event full of prizes.

GLOWS Technology Programs for Youth Return to KAST - Robo Games

GLOWS provides opportunities for youth to immerse themselves into fun and exciting programs throughout the year including the annual RobotGames that has been taking place in the gym at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus for the last three years.

We’re always looking for sponsors, judges and volunteers to keep this valuable programming going,” says Whitehead. “Get in touch with us if you can help out. We’d love to run these programs in every community across the Kootenays.”

For more information about GLOWS programs and events, please contact:

KAST – Cam Whitehead: 250-888-0949

Selkirk College– Bob Hall: 250-551-4185

selkirk college GLOWS technology programs for youth

About Selkirk College: Selkirk College has been providing regional post-secondary opportunities since 1966. The college serves more than 13,000 learners in eight locations across the West Kootenay and Boundary region that includes more than 2,500 full-tine domestic students, 700 international students and 10,000 community education learners. The college helps build remarkable futures through programs that educate and train students for careers in health care, tourism, trades, social services, the arts, business, technology, forestry and early childhood education. The college’s Applied Research & Innovation Centre (ARIC) located in Castlegar partners with government, industry and business to help build a stronger and more vibrant rural economy.  

About KAST: The Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) has supported technology-focused entrepreneurs since 1998. Its purpose is to:

  • Build a recognized, vibrant and prosperous science and technology community by connecting and solving problems for entrepreneurs; and
  • To work with business and communities to support and showcase the opportunities provided by science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation in our region.

The association runs two facilities: MIDAS Lab (Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies), a digital fabrication laboratory in Trail, and the Nelson Innovation Center (NIC), the new digital tech sector hub in Nelson.




Growing Your Business with FTAs Presentation and Networking Event


Attend this valuable and FREE FTAs Presentation and Networking Event to learn how to boost your export opportunities. Presented by Export Navigator.

Targeting Free Trade

Seize this unique opportunity to learn about the tremendous value of free trade agreements (FTAs) for Kootenay’s active and aspiring exporters. You’ll meet Provincial representatives who negotiate BC’s interests in these agreements and who also assist businesses in overcoming tariff and non-tariff trade barriers.

Presenter: Chelsie Luciani, Senior Manager, Trade Policy & Negotiations, Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and Technology.

Export Navigator – Free Export Assistance and Coaching

Exporting allows you to expand the horizons of your business and gain a competitive advantage. Whether it’s new markets across Canada or around the world, Export Navigator’s community-based advisors are on-hand to provide FREE support to help your business grow outside of the Kootenays. Capitalize on export knowledge and resources and invaluable connections made available by this program and its advisors.

Presenter: Michael Hoher, Export Advisor, Export Navigator, Kootenay-Boundary Region

Three Convenient Kootenay Locations

Cranbrook: June 18, 2019, 12:15 – 1:30pm. Ground Floor Coworking Space, Community Futures, 131 7th Ave S, Cranbrook, BC.

Nelson: June 19, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00pm. Nelson Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 91 Baker St, Nelson, BC.

Trail: June 19, 2019, 9:00 – 10:30am. Community Futures Trail Boardroom, 825 Spokane St, Trail, BC.

The Export Navigator Program

The Export Navigator Program offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect your business to the market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts it needs at every stage of the process.

Learn more about how Export Navigator can help your business at


Mining Month Luncheon Trail BC

Mining Month Luncheon | May 28th

Mining Month Luncheon 2019

May is BC Mining Month. Around the Province, communities will commemorate this vital industry and the people involved in it.

Mining is one of BC’s largest and oldest industries and BC Mining Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance of this modern, and ever-innovating industry to British Columbians.

Activities are planned around British Columbia to recognize the people and communities that participate in this foundational industry each and every day.

Participate in the celebration!

Be sure to join us at the Mining Month Luncheon in the Muriel Griffith’s Recital Room at Selkirk College in Trail for the Mining Month Luncheon, May 28th at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Hear Michael Goehring, President of the Mining Association of BC, speaking about the evolution of the sector, including the latest innovations in mining. Learn about:

  • automation in operations, making mines safer than ever
  • the use of drones and how they’re improving efficiency
  • how artificial intelligence is impacting the sector
  • how virtual reality is being implemented in projects to improve engagement with communities.

This is a FREE event – Click HERE to REGISTER!

For generations, mining has generated jobs and prosperity for BC families in every region of the province. Since 1901, the Mining Association of British Columbia has been the voice and advocate for BC’s mining industry.

Mining Month Luncheon in Trail BC


Clean Energy BC Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future Conference 2019

Clean Energy BC Conference – Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future 2019

Clean Energy BC Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future Conference 2019

The Clean Energy BC Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future, June 4th-6th, 2019, showcases Trail and the Kootenays’ legacy of engineering excellence and how this impacts innovation in the region’s tech sector.

Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future is a three-day conference provides a networking opportunity to connect clean energy industry professionals, community leaders, First Nations, and technology innovators; providing a platform for urban-rural knowledge sharing.

Attendees will engage in dialogue that encourages economic diversification through clean energy projects and pushing the tech frontier, recognizing the Kootenays as a thriving hub.

Who Should Attend Clean Energy BC Powering Generations?

Clean energy industry professional
Community shaper
Clean tech enthusiast
Policy designer
First Nations leader
Young professional aspiring to join the industry

Powering Generations is the ideal setting for you to collaborate, network, and share your knowledge with others!

KAST board member Jason Taylor, a specialist in digital fabrication, rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing and an Instructor and Researcher at Selkirk College, will be speaking at Powering Generations 2019.

Jason was fundamental in the development and implementation of the MIDAS Fab Lab and will be speaking at Plenary 3 — Building the Clean Economy: Job Opportunities with CleanBC.

Join Jason at Powering Generations and register today! REGISTER NOW!

Who is Clean Energy BC?

Clean Energy BC (CEBC) is an industry association that has been the voice of BC’s clean energy industry for over 25 years. CEBC supports BC’s transition to low-carbon energy through the development of effective climate policy and clean energy electrification.

The purpose of our association is to:

    • Promote and support the growth of BC’s clean energy industry
    • Assist the growth of manufacturing, supply, and service industries in BC, serving clean energy production in the province and around the world
    • Build strong relationships with all levels of government, BC Hydro, First Nations, environmental organizations and the public to improve the sector’s social license
    • Ensure the business and regulatory climate is reasonable and efficient for operating assets
    • Improve the regulatory and economic environments for clean energy production in BC
    • Work with environmental organizations to develop science-based clean energy development models

Interested in learning more? Visit Clean Energy BC Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future.