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.

Registration for Summer 2019 Science Explorations programs are now open. See below for information about this year's programming.

Summer 2019 Camps

Grade 3/4 Camps

Mighty Muscles
Date: July 2 to 5, 2019* || August 6 to 9, 2019* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $275.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Through the investigation of how the human body works during exercise, including measuring heart rates, understanding the importance of first aid, and practicing sport safety, campers will be introduced to the many overlapping areas that science and sports share. This camp will exercise both the minds and bodies of campers by exploring different techniques and practices scientists (and athletes) are using today to promote healthy, fun, active and exciting lives.

Code with Kids! Intro to Digital Literacy
Date: July 8 to 12, 2019 || July 29 to August 2, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Video games, social media, online streaming, new technologies. Minecraft, Fortnight, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix, iPads, Apple Store. Kids know how to navigate the online world, understand how to find entertainment and are confident in how to be connected through social media, but are they aware of how to be safe online and what a digital footprint is? In CwK: Digital Literacy and Citizenship, campers will be introduced to concepts and skills to becoming stronger digital citizens by exploring topics such as digital security, critical thinking skills, digital communication, and other important digital literacy topics. Hands-on activities through computer-based and hands-on activities will teach campers the basics of good online/digital citizenship, as well as the basics of computers and the Internet.

Mathemagics: The Science of Math
Date: July 15 to 19, 2019 || August 12 to 16, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
In this brand new SciX camp, campers will explore and engage in the wonderful world of mathematics. Numbers are all around us as we interact with people using our computers and digital devices, purchase items using money and coins, play online and app-based games, and a whole plethora of other daily activities and events. In Mathemagics: The Science of Math, campers will participate in hands-on activities to learn math concepts such as mathematical models, probability and statistics, and real world applications. Whether your child has a passion and love for math, or has a hesitation to learn math, this fun and interactive camp will help them discover the beauty and magic of the numbers and mathematics around them.

CSI: Camp Scene Investigation
Date: July 22 to 26, 2019 || August 19 to 23, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
CSI: Camp Scene Investigation focuses on a number of scientific investigation techniques which campers will utilize in order to solve crimes and piece together clues regarding various cases. They will examine the basics of forensic science through the exploration of blood spatter analysis, human anatomy, paper chromatography, fingerprinting, and much more while developing an understanding of what makes CSI possible, useful, and exciting!

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

Grade 5/6 Camps

CheMystery: Understanding Chemical Building Blocks
Date: July 2 to 5, 2019* || August 6 to 9, 2019* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $275.00 || Before and After-Care Available
During this week, campers will learn about the mysteries behind every day phenomena involving chemistry. Inquiry-based learning will be integral in having students solve the mysteries behind chemical reactions and their resulting effects, as well as the uses and impacts of chemicals on society. They will explore a wide variety of topics including pH measurements, how to neutralize stomach acid, invisible ink, and how to distinguish between different chemicals.

Spectacular Structures
Date: July 8 to 12, 2019 || July 29 to August 2, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Spectacular Structures focuses on the variety of structures humanity uses for different purposes, with a focus on physics, architecture, and engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Campers will explore one of the fastest-growing industries in the modern world in a number of exciting and engaging ways, inspiring campers to build on their innate curiosity. Join us as we learn about ancient and modern architecture, and create models of famous human-made structures.

Code with Kids! Tinker Camp
Date: July 15 to 19, 2019 || August 12 to 16, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Join us for a week of invention, creative thinking, and exploring the world around us by building products and solutions. At Tinker Camp, campers will be able to develop their ideas and create a product through hands-on activities and development. Campers will be able to develop their entrepreneurial and inventive mindsets by learning about design thinking, brainstorming, prototyping, and product testing. We will explore the creation and invention of both physical products and software/app inventions. Sign up for this week if you want to develop critical and creative thinking skills that will prepare your child with 21st century skills!

RetroScience: Exploring Science Through the Ages
Date: July 22 to 26, 2019 || August 19 to 23, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
“Science” is a relatively new concept that was first coined in 1833. Before that, scientists were known as “natural philosophers”. Although the term scientist may be relatively recent, people have been exploring the world around them since the beginning of civilization. In RetroScience, campers will learn and explore major scientific discoveries throughout history and how those discoveries built the foundation of our understanding of the world today. Campers will explore past science through engaging activities such as building pre-historic tools, learn about how our galaxy, stars and rotation of the planets was discovered, and participate in hands-on experiments such as discovering buoyancy and gravity, much like how it was discovered by Archimedes and Isaac Newton!

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

Grade 7/8 Camps

Extreme Engineering
Date: July 2 to 5, 2019* || August 6 to 9, 2019* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $275.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Campers will explore many of the most advanced and interesting machines in the world today, including submarines, oil rigs, carriers, and roller coasters. Through the investigation of some of the largest created human-made machines on Earth, campers will focus on some of the most important physics and engineering concepts through hands-on learning.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Date: July 8 to 12, 2019 || July 29 to August 2, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || 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.

The Science of Sports
Date: July 15 to 19, 2019 || August 12 to 16, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Want to discover the sweet spot of your tennis swing, or maximize the number of turns on your dive? Ever wonder how professional athletes make the perfect basket or how to balance themselves on beams? Explore the mechanics of the body by taking an in-depth look into the techniques athletes use to achieve human excellence in sports. Investigate how atheletes push the physical limits of the human body. Campers in The Science of Sports will learn how athletes train for competitions and attempt exercises themselves!

Code with Kids! Intro to Computer Science
Date: July 22 to 26, 2019 || August 19 to 23, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
CwKs: Intro to Computer Science is designed to give campers the knowledge, background, and skills required for computer programming, building a computer, and understanding the mathematics and algorithms that go into creating a fully functioning computer. Throughout the week, campers will be introduced to the importance of computer science and how it relates to the natural world through the exploration of coding, hardware (breaking down and re-building a computer), binary, computer logic, and software design. By the end of the week, campers will be much more confident in understanding how computers work. Whether your child is the tech guru of the household and sole programmer of the VCR, or is just curious and wants to learn more about computers beyond Minecraft, YouTube, and Snapchat, this camp is a wonderful way to learn about computer science.

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

All-Girls Camps

The Science of Sound & Music (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 8 to 12, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Music and sounds are all around us, from the birds in the trees to the MP3s we listen to every day. Join us as we explore the science of sound and music by investigating how the human auditory system works, learn about the creation of soundwaves, examine how different music genres affect our brain, engineer musical instruments, and more! From Mozart to Einstein, this musical adventure will reveal the science behind the music!

Our Green Planet: Becoming Better Stewards (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 15 to 19, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Join Our Green Planet and discover how you can help protect nature and become better stewards of our beautiful planet! This camp is designed for girls to develop their computer science skills, critical thinking and creativity by exploring world issues involving pollution, deforestation, greenhouse gasses, and more. Come with us on this nature walk and bring your ideas to life.

Mini-Med 2.0 (Grade 7/8)
Date: July 22 to 26, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Back by popular demand, Science Explorations at York will be running Mini-Med 2.0 this summer 2019! Campers will explore topics in medicine by engaging in activities including DNA extractions, investigating laboratory techniques, performing a dissection and more. From surgery to dermatology, students will examine different methods related to the various medical professions. This camp session complements and will have new and different experiences from Mini-Med 1.0.

Note: This camp is designed to be different from the Mini-Med 1.0 camp.

Marine Biology (Grade 7/8)
Date: July 29 to August 2, 2019 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Join us as we take a journey through marine biology: the study of aquatic plant and animal life! Campers will dive into the world of lakes and oceans, investigating techniques in marine biology, exploring oceanography, aquatic sea life, and more! We will also learn about the effects of climate change and how it affects aquatic sea life and ocean life due to the change in ocean currents, melting glaciers and icecaps, and algae blooms. Campers will gain a better understanding and appreciation of aquatic marine biology, an entirely different world on this same planet of ours.

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: $325.00 per week per camper
  • 4-day weeks: $275.00 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.

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.

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.

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.

Applications will be accepted when registration opens. The deadline to apply for a Summer 2019 Bursary is April 15, 2019. 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.