Brightest Minds Presents: Mark Pollock's Incredible Life Story

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton's Brightest Minds program presents an inspirational, educational adventure in the world of high performance exploration and cutting-edge rehab medicine. 

Give your students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be inspired, when they hear Mark Pollock's incredible life story.

A brilliant public speaker, an adventure athlete, an author and a broadcaster, Mark Pollock's story is one of courage, determination, and hope.

As a special presentation, Jaynie Yang PT, PhD, Professor & Interim Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Neroscience & Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta will demonstrate the remarkable breakthroughs in science and specifically the ReWalk Exoskeleton with a spinal cord injured volunteer. 

  • FREE presentation on December 7, 2017
  • Arrival: 9:30 a.m.
  • Presentation: 10:15 a.m.
  • Location: Northlands Expo Centre- Hall D, 7515-118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Book your class today! Call the Bookings Office at 780-451-3344.

Alberta Curriculum Connections:

The way that students approach challenges is a difficult concept to teach. Here's a chance to teach by example! Bring them to hear the story of a man who has overcome incredible odds in order to continue living his life to the fullest. Students will discover how Mark is using his injury to help improve the lives of paraplegics all over the world.

  • CALM 10-12 – Personal Choices 
  • Health Grades 5-9 – Life Learning choices


Mark Pollock’s life and mission highlight an interesting intersection of health, science, and technology. His dedication to his own recovery includes the development of technologies to help paraplegics with their everyday lives.

  • Grade 7, 8, 9 Science – Foundation 1 Science, Technology and Society
  • Grade 7 Unit D – Structures and Forces
  • Grade 8 Unit D – Mechanical Systems

About Mark Pollock:

In 1998, Mark took on fascinating personal feats, in spite of being blind: racing to the South Pole, six marathons in seven days across the Gobi Desert, and the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. He also won silver and bronze medals rowing in the Commonwealth Games. 

In 2010, disaster struck when Mark was left paralyzed after falling from a second-story window. But true to his enduring spirit, he hasn't let paralysis hold him back. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery. Using an innovative electrical simulator over his spinal cord and a drug that super-charges his nervous system, Mark is walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world's leading test pilot of Ekso Bionic robotic legs. 

On December 7, you and your students will witness first-hand how medical technology is being used to change the lives of real people with unbelievable true stories. 

Book your class today! Call the Bookings Office at 780-451-3344. 

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