Alissa Boyle is the Camp and Workshop Coordinator with DiscoverE, a not-for-profit initiative of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. DiscoverE’s mission is to inspire youth to recognize the value and importance of science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) in society, while displaying the pursuit of related fields as a fun, interesting, and rewarding option for their future. DiscoverE was founded in 1993 and has grown to reach over 23,000 youth annually in more than 70 communities throughout Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, DiscoverE has reached almost 250,0000 youth since its inception.
Alissa’s passion for outreach began when she was 12 years old, as she volunteered to run training camps for young softball players in Sherwood Park and Edmonton. She was selected to be a coach of the 2008 and 2010 Zone 5 Alberta Summer Games softball team, where she led her team to bronze and gold medals, respectively. Alissa started with DiscoverE in 2010 as an instructor where she personally taught over 1200 students the exciting possibilities that STEM offers. In her current position, Alissa is responsible for planning curricula for 60 camps and organizing over 100 mentoring events annually while leading, coaching, and mentoring a group of 50 undergraduate students to deliver exciting and engaging STEM projects through classroom workshops, summer camps, unique clubs, and special events. Throughout her years with DiscoverE, Alissa has directly reached over 6000 youth and indirectly reached 50,000 youth through the various initiatives.