SciX Summer Camp (Grades 3-8)

SciX Instructors

Science Explorations Summer Day Camp are week-long camps during the months of July and August. Campers explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through hands-on and exciting experiments as connected to the Ontario Science Curriculum. Camps are developed and taught by undergraduate/graduate science or engineering students, Teacher Candidates, or Ontario Certified Teachers. Our camps take place at the York University Keele campus from 9:00am to 4:00pm every day.

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Summer 2018 Camps

Grade 3/4 Camps

Jurassic Camp
Date: July 3 to 6, 2018* || July 30 to August 3, 2018 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $295, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $251 || Before and After-Care Available
At Jurassic Camp, campers will explore the evolution of life from the time of the dinosaurs to the modern era. Through hands-on and engaging activities, campers will investigate the evolutionary processes that have produced the wide variety of species on Earth. Consistent with the Ontario Science Curriculum, campers will learn about animal adaptation and the many different forces which contribute to evolution while stopping to investigate a few interesting animals along the way!

Mysterious Mixtures
Date: July 9 to 13, 2018 || August 7 to 10, 2018* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $295, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $251 || Before and After-Care Available
Be prepared to uncover the secret of chemistry in Mysterious Mixtures! Join us as we experiment with different concoctions, determine the best type of fuel for your rocket, conduct pH testing and create the mightiest bubble! See how chemistry makes up the world around us and explore how it is applied in your day-to-day life.

Code with Kids! Scratch and Python
Date: July 16 to 20, 2018 || August 13 to 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available
Throughout the week, campers will develop their own game using Scratch where the user can collect treasures, and build their understanding of computer logic. With that solid foundation, campers will then migrate to Python to create a text-based adventure game, and learn to animate their game with graphics.

ElectriCity
Date: July 23 to 27, 2018 || August 20 to 24, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available
Get ready for a shocking experience as you explore the world of light, sound and electricity! Campers in ElectriCity will get the opportunity to investigate the difference between series and parallel circuits, study kinetic and potential energy, and examine the importance of renewable energy. Gather your components as we build an LED flashlight, or save the world with solar energy by manufacturing a solar powered car.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

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Grade 5/6 Camps

Science of Superheroes
Date: July 3 to 6, 2018* || July 30 to August 3, 2018 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $295, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $251 || Before and After-Care Available

Protect the universe from threats all across space by joining our Science Avengers team! Throughout the week, campers will use science and technology to analyze some of the amazing traits superheroes have, such as genetic engineering, aeronautics and space travel, and discover real life humans who appear to have real superhuman abilities! Join us this week for an exciting adventure into a world of untapped potential.

Code with Kids! GameMaker
Date: July 9 to 13, 2018 || August 7 to 10, 2018* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $295, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $251 || Before and After-Care Available

Put your imagination to the test with our GameMaker camp! Campers will begin with designing shapes and sprites to add character to their games. With this knowledge, they will have the opportunity to create platformer game where the player can collect and fight monsters. By the end of CWK: GameMakers, campers will have created a top-down role-playing game where the player can follow a story with quests and fight monsters using GameMaker.

International Space Science
Date: July 16 to 20, 2018 || August 13 to 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available

Get out of this world and into space with International Space Science! Learn about the various space programmes around the world and visit the YorkU research Observatory to observe sunspots through the solar telescope. Campers will design and build their very own international space station and hydraulic Mars Rover to explore the vast regions of space!

Fantastic Flight
Date: July 23 to 27, 2018 || August 20 to 24, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available

Did you know that Hummingbirds can fly almost 2,000km without stopping and Alpine swifts can fly up to six months without landing? Join us in Fantastic Flight as we investigate the properties of flight through an interdisciplinary approach. Campers will explore principles of flight found in nature, discuss technology that has been inspired by these special animal feats, and learn how humans have applied these principles to take flight themselves. From Canadian geese to the Wright brothers, campers will engage in hands-on activities involving flight.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

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Grade 7/8 Camps

Space Science
Date: July 3 to 6, 2018* || August 7 to 10, 2018* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $251, (Please note that this is a four-day camp || Before and After-Care Available

In this stellar camp, campers will explore the fantastic vistas of the known universe while learning about space flight, gravitation, stars, planets, and the physics behind the inner-workings of the cosmos. Matter, energy, relativity, quantum mechanics and even the search for life will all be investigated through a number of engaging activities including a trip to the York University Observatory!

Mini-Med 1.0
Date: July 9 to 13, 2018 || July 30 to August 3, 2018 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available

Try your hand at being a doctor for the week! Through the investigation of techniques related to the medical profession, including cast making, injections, and first aid, campers will be introduced to the many practical and interesting aspects of the medical profession. This camp will explore human anatomy, the many systems of the body, and a wide variety of biological and chemical concepts that will help prepare students who are interested in the field of medicine.

Note: This camp is designed to be different from the Mini-Med 2017 camp.

Newtonian Mechanics
Date: July 16 to 20, 2018 || August 13 to 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available

How does a tall building withstand strong winds? How do space programs launch rockets to specific locations on the moon? Come explore how mighty forces are created and their effect on motion by discovering the science behind architecture such as skyscrapers and bridges.

Code with Kids! Arduino
Date: July 23 to 27, 2018 || August 20 to 24, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available

Designed to develop the skills required for computer programming, campers will be introduced to the basics of circuitry by building a working set of traffic lights powered by an Arduino that responds to pedestrian crossing buttons and building a robotic car that can count how many items it drives over. Learn how computers use electronics and Boolean logic to add binary numbers by developing your own calculator.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

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All-Girls Camps

Biophysics of Physical Therapy (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 9 to 13, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || 
Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available
The body is an amazing machine from head to toe! Explore the mechanics of the body by taking an in-depth look into techniques people use to achieve human excellence. From homeostasis to medical injuries, campers will explore how athletes push the physical limits of the human body and how physical therapy helps in the prevention, enhancement, and restoration of movement and physical function.

Animals and Veterinary Science (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 16 to 20, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available
Join us as we take a journey through zoology: the study of animal biology! Campers will delve in the kingdom of Animalia by investigating techniques in veterinary science, exploring animal physiology, and more! From cast modeling to exploring life cycles of different animals, campers will be engaged in all things animal.

Aquatic Engineering (Grade 7/8)
Date: July 23 to 27, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available
Put on your Captain’s hat and get ready for a week of nautical fun! From marine life to submarines, explore the science of everything to do with water through hands-on activities such as engineering a boat, learning about the dangers of too much H20, and more. This camp has something for everyone eager to traverse the high seas!

Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Grade 7/8)
Date: July 30 to August 3, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $295 || Before and After-Care Available
Medicine has the ability to stop, cure or prevent diseases and illnesses. While we use medicine every day to treat our symptoms, the science behind how medications function and how they are designed is not as commonly understood. Join us as we learn the four stages involved when medication is taken, and explore the different types of medications available.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

1. Online : All registration is to be completed online using our online system. Your spot will be reserved upon receipt of payment.

  • 5-day weeks: $295 per week per camper
  • 4-day weeks: $251 per week per camper

2. After-Camp Care: We offer extended care from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for an additional $30 for the entire week.

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Where are you located?

Now easily accessible via the TTC York University subway station!

SciX camps are located on the York University Keele Campus at Keele and Steeles. Exact room location is provided in the Welcome Package after registration.

What is your Before and After Camp Care?

All of our camps are one week in length. Camp runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with free before and after camp care. Drop-off is from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, and pick-up is between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Extended after-care from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm is available for a fee of $30 per week. We ask parents to arrive at extended after-care on time.

Before and after camp care is supervised, unscheduled time. Science magazines, books, puzzles, and games are available for campers.

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What does the daily schedule look like?

A typical day consists of 2 to 4 experiments and activities. There are two 15-minute breaks (morning and afternoon) and lunch is between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

Each Friday afternoon, we have a Parent Showcase, where campers present their weekly projects and experiments to family, friends, and other camp classes.

Lunch is not provided, and will be held outdoors, weather permitting. We recommend using ice packs for your child's lunch, as we do not have the facilities to refrigerate lunches.

Allergies are an increasing concern, particularly nut allergies. We do implement a nut-safe lunch policy for the safety of our campers. We ask that you pack nut-free lunches for all campers.

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Can my child bring electronic devices?

Please note that we encourage campers to leave all electronic game devices at home, as we are not responsible if they are lost. If your child carries a cell phone with them, we ask that it be put on vibrate during camp hours.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We offer Financial Assistance for Science Engagement Programs, when funding is available. For more information, please click on the appropriate links or email explore@yorku.ca.

Bursary Policy               Bursary Application Form

Applications will be accepted when registration opens. The deadline to apply for a Summer 2018 Bursary is March 31, 2018. After the deadline, applications will be assessed on a first come, first serve basis, depending on funding availability.

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations made 21 calendar days prior to the start of the program are eligible for a full refund, minus a $75 administration fee per child, per course. Refunds will be given upon written notice of cancellation. No refunds will be made after the 21 calendar day deadline. No refunds will be given for days when a participant is absent and missed days cannot be made up.