Science Explorations Summer Camps (Gr. 3-8)

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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.

Summer 2017 Camps

Grade 3/4 Camps

Code with Kids! Alpha
Date: July 4 to 7, 2017* || July 31 to August 4, 2017 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $280, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $225 || Before and After-Care Available
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 website creation, drag-and-drop coding, and Ozobot colour coding, Code with Kids! - Alpha is designed to give campers the skills required for computer programming.

Animal Kingdom
Date: July 10 to 14, 2017 || August 8 to 11, 2017* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $280, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $225 || Before and After-Care Available
Join us as we become animal specialists for the week! From bees to bonobos, campers will explore topics in wildlife to veterinary science including Darwin’s journey through the Galapagos Islands, the importance of bees in our everyday lives, how to examine x-rays and more!

Celestial Adventures
Date: July 17 to 21, 2017 || August 14 to 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || Before and After-Care Available
Launch your ideas into infinity and beyond as we learn about the far reaches of space and make our very own constellations! Campers will examine technologies that help humans in space and build their own robotic arm (Canadarm).

InventLAB
Date: July 24 to 28, 2017 || August 21 to 25, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || Before and After-Care Available
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, campers in InventLAB will explore some of the most influential inventions and discoveries in Canadian history. From the Canadarm to the discovery of insulin, campers will be engaged in activities that will let them spark their curiosity and have their ideas come to life!

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

Grade 5/6 Camps

Code with Kids! Beta
Date: July 4 to 7, 2017* || July 31 to August 4, 2017 ||Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $280, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $225 || Before and After-Care Available
Code with Kids! - Beta is designed to give campers the skills required for computer programming. Campers will be introduced to the importance of computer science and how it relates to the natural world through the exploration of binary numbers, website creation (using HTML and CSS), programmable circuit boards (using Arduino) and more!

Magnificent Music
Date: July 10 to 14, 2017 || August 8 to 11, 2017* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $280, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $225 || Before and After-Care Available
Music is 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 music by investigating how the human auditory system works, examining 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!

Mighty Muscles
Date: July 17 to 21, 2017 || August 14 to 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || 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 similarities that science and sports share. This camp will exercise both the minds and bodies of campers by exploring different techniques and practices scientists are using today to promote healthy, fun, and exciting learning.

Animals and Veterinary Science
Date: July 24 to 28, 2017 || August 21 to 25, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || 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.

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

Grade 7/8 Camps

Aquatic Engineering
Date: July 4 to 7, 2017* || July 31 to August 4, 2017 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $280, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $225 || 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!

Code with Kids! Gamma
Date: July 10 to 14, 2017 || August 8 to 11, 2017* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $280, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $225 || Before and After-Care Available
Code with Kids! - Gamma is designed to give campers the skills required for computer programming. 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 unplugged activities, website creation (using HTML, CSS and Javascript), computing for the natural sciences (using Python) and more!

Mini-Med 2.0
Date: July 17 to 21, 2017 || August 14 to 18, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || Before and After-Care Available
Back by popular demand, Science Explorations at York will be running Mini-Med 2.0 this summer 2017! 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.

Note: This camp is designed to be different from the Mini-Med 2016 camp.

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Date: July 24 to 28, 2017 || August 21 to 25, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || Before and After-Care Available
Come explore the fantastic landscapes of the known universe at this stellar camp! From constellations to intergalactic travel, campers will take a journey through the galaxy by investigating angular momentum, designing their own starship, taking a trip to the York University Observatory and more!

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

All-Girls Camps

Mini-Med 2.0 (Grade 7/8)
Date: July 4 to 7, 2017* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $225 || Before and After-Care Available
Back by popular demand, Science Explorations at York will be running Mini-Med 2.0 this summer 2017! 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.

Note: This camp is designed to be different from the Mini-Med 2016 camp.

Global Problem Solvers (Grade 7/8)
Date: July 10 to 14, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || Before and After-Care Available
Save the world! At this camp, girls will learn to make change possible by developing ways to solve current world issues. Combining world challenges and computer science, girls will use the knowledge they have in science, technology, engineering, and math to spark curiosity and to design systems to make the world a better place to live in.

Magnificent Music (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 17 to 21, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || Before and After-Care Available
Music is 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 music by investigating how the auditory system works, examining how different music genres affect our brain, engineering musical instruments, and more! From Mozart to Einstein, this musical adventure will reveal the science behind the music!

Our Green Planet (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 24 to 28, 2017 || August 21 to 25, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $280 || Before and After-Care Available
Join Our Green Planet and discover how you could help protect nature! This camp is designed for girls to develop their computer science skills by exploring world issues involving pollution, deforestation, greenhouse gasses, and more. Come with us on this nature walk and bring your ideas to life.

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

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: $280 per week per camper
  • 4-day weeks: $225 per week per camper

2. After-Camp Care: We offer extended care from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for an additional $25 for the entire week.

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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

Please note that the deadline to apply for a Summer 2017 Bursary is Monday, May 22, 2017.

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.