Courtesy TELUS Optik TV
Imagine being a child and instead of going to your regular classroom you hop on a bus and drive to Rexall Place every day for a week! That is what it is like for 25 classes in the Edmonton area each year. ICE School has a classroom on the fourth floor of Rexall Place. Students have the opportunity to see what others have seen but think and learn what others have never thought. Yes, a classroom but really only a meeting point. Children come to ICE School to have a hands-on approach to their learning. Diane Gurnham, teacher and program coordinator helps students weave their everyday learning into a brand new experience helping them make real life connections.

Have you ever wondered how many diodes there are on the LED ribbon panel that surrounds the bowl of the arena or wondered how many metres it is around the main concourse?  Finding out these answers is only a part of the many activities the students set out to do in their week.

Going behind the scenes in places rarely explored by the average Edmontonian is part of the week’s excitement. Students watch the Oilers and Oil Kings as they practice, meet those who work in the Rexall Warehouse and learn how supplies are stored and delivered to the concessions before an event, watch chefs in action and learn about the incredible number of kilometers of piping used under the ice surface. These are new discoveries  students will never forget.

Questioning, interviewing, discovering and exploring are all part of the ICE School experience. The best part of all is students leave with a new understanding of how we can learn. But more importantly they learn from those they meet that choosing a career means finding a passion and following your dreams.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundations has supported this program since its inception in 2003.

ICE School is one of the Inquiring Minds sites in Edmonton. For more information about these programs click here.

The 2015-16 school year brings classes from Edmonton Public, Edmonton Catholic, St. Albert Public Schools and Evergreen Catholic School Boards.

We welcome the following schools, teachers and students.

Riverbend Jr. High
Kisa Anni
Millwoods Christian
Brian Graham
Rio Terrace
Holy Hammel
St. John Paul II
Cory Berndt
Norwood Judith Brouwer
Riverdale Cheryl McLeod
Michael Strembitsky
Waylon Chinski,
Kimberley Harris
St. Vladamir
Nicole Pope
Annunciation Renee Stevallier-Lavin,
Phillip Campbell
St. Alphonsus
Heather Kuzvk,
SJ Savrtka,
Mario Deluca
Holyrood Suzanne Prefontaine
ES Gish
Jonathan Oevering
Delton Katie Chapman,
Catherine Loken
St. Charles
Mary-Anne Tremblay,
Hoang Tran
Sherwood Kristi Etcheverry
George P. Nicholson
Gillian Chen,
Shannon Taylor
Hillview Guy Joslin
Garneau Regena Mitzal,
Tanya Shaw
Patricia Heights
Clarice Quark