York Science Saturdays

YSS

York Science Saturdays are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs available for students in Grade 3-8. Join us for these multi-week programs as we explore topics in STEM through an engaging, interactive, and hands-on approach to learning.

Programs are separated into Junior (grades 3/4/5) and Senior (grades 6/7/8) sections, and will run during the following dates. Students may sign up for multiple programs or only one program at a time. Classes are limited to 20 students, so register early!

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Junior Programs (Grades 3/4/5)

October 5, 19, and 26, 2019

Junior - Science Club (Theme A)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Join us for Saturday Science Club in October, where students will have the opportunity to explore Density, Body Systems and Hydroelectricity. Our science instructors will lead students in small group classes where you will:

  • Design and build your own lava lamp, learn chemical filtration techniques and methods, and race against the clock as you compete against other teams to get through the density column!
  • Explore the different human body systems by creating your own map of the body, learn about anatomy and physiology of the different body systems such as the digestive, skeletal, and others!
  • Rescue the lost hikers by harnessing the awesome power of hydroelectricity to build a water wheel, learn about the physics of electricity production created by dams, and apply this learning to understand the sources of electricity around us!

Junior - Science Club (Theme B)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
October's Science Club will feature topics in Climate Change, Acids and Bases, and Structural Engineering. Our instructors will lead classes in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Build your own greenhouse while investigating the water and carbon cycles, learn about how the water and carbon cycles contribute to the health of our planet, and analytically develop a plan of action to better sustainable living and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Learn about the acidic ingredients in household orange juice, develop skills in using chemical lab tools and materials such as flasks, beakers, pipettes, and use titration methods and techniques to learn about acids, bases, and chemical indicators.
  • Discover structural engineering and learn about architecture by exploring and discovering the different buildings on the York University campus, learn about the physics of structural elements, and create your own structure that will be stress tested!

November 2, 9, and 16, 2019

Junior - Science Club (Theme B)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
November's Science Club will feature topics in Climate Change, Acids and Bases, and Structural Engineering. Our instructors will lead classes in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Build your own greenhouse while investigating the water and carbon cycles, learn about how the water and carbon cycles contribute to the health of our planet, and analytically develop a plan of action to better sustainable living and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Learn about the acidic ingredients in household orange juice, develop skills in using chemical lab tools and materials such as flasks, beakers, pipettes, and use titration methods and techniques to learn about acids, bases, and chemical indicators.
  • Discover structural engineering and learn about architecture by exploring and discovering the different buildings on the York University campus, learn about the physics of structural elements, and create your own structure that will be stress tested!

Junior - Science Club (Theme A)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Join us for Saturday Science Club in November, where students will have the opportunity to explore Density, Body Systems and Hydroelectricity. Our science instructors will lead students in small group classes where you will:

  • Design and build your own lava lamp, learn chemical filtration techniques and methods, and race against the clock as you compete against other teams to get through the density column!
  • Explore the different human body systems by creating your own map of the body, learn about anatomy and physiology of the different body systems such as the digestive, skeletal, and others!
  • Rescue the lost hikers by harnessing the awesome power of hydroelectricity to build a water wheel, learn about the physics of electricity production created by dams, and apply this learning to understand the sources of electricity around us!

January 11, 18, and 25, 2020

Junior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January’s Science Club will explore the wonderful world of plant biology, physiology, and anatomy. Students will discover how to critically think and analyze everyday chemical substances, and will build and engineer projectile objects to learn fundamental physical laws. Our instructors will lead classes in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Become expert botanists and plant biologists by learning about the physiology, anatomy, and functions of plants, roots, and flowers, while learning about biological classification techniques, hands-on plant dissections, and exploring the micro and macro level of plants.
  • Learn about the field of analytical chemistry by exploring how chemists discover and analyze the identity of unknown chemicals and substances. Students will learn about chemical and physical changes of substances through invisible ink, and about the different states of matter by exploring the properties of dry ice.
  • Design, develop and execute plans to create flying objects and projectiles to learn about the world of physics and engineering, while learning about the physical concepts of lift and force!

Junior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January’s Science Club will cover the subjects of Atomic Models, Biosafety and Genetics, and the physics of Magnetism and Electricity. Participants will be guided by the science instructors to thoroughly examine:

  • The fundamental foundation of chemical and atomic structure, such as the Bohr and Rutherford, models. Through this investigation, students will gain an understanding the particle components of electrons, protons and neutrons.
  • Microbiological concepts of biosafety, microbes, germs, and bacteria, to better understand medical practices of cleanliness during surgery and patient care. Students will also learn about the chemical nature of polymers, and learn about the natural polymer found in our bodies: DNA and chromosomes.
  • The physical world of electromagnetism and electricity and the physical applications of electromagnetism in our everyday lives, such as electric motors, learning about alternating and direct current, and about magnetic fields!

February 1, 8 and 22, 2020

Junior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February Science Club will cover the subjects of Atomic Models, Biosafety and Genetics, and the physics of Magnetism and Electricity. Participants will be guided by the science instructors to thoroughly examine:

  • The fundamental foundation of chemical and atomic structure, such as the Bohr and Rutherford, models. Through this investigation, students will gain an understanding the particle components of electrons, protons and neutrons.
  • Microbiological concepts of biosafety, microbes, germs, and bacteria, to better understand medical practices of cleanliness during surgery and patient care. Students will also learn about the chemical nature of polymers, and learn about the natural polymer found in our bodies: DNA and chromosomes.
  • The physical world of electromagnetism and electricity and the physical applications of electromagnetism in our everyday lives, such as electric motors, learning about alternating and direct current, and about magnetic fields!

Junior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February's Science Club will explore the wonderful world of plant biology, physiology, and anatomy. Students will discover how to critically think and analyze everyday chemical substances, and will build and engineer projectile objects to learn fundamental physical laws. Our instructors will lead classes in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Become expert botanists and plant biologists by learning about the physiology, anatomy, and functions of plants, roots, and flowers, while learning about biological classification techniques, hands-on plant dissections, and exploring the micro and macro level of plants.
  • Learn about the field of analytical chemistry by exploring how chemists discover and analyze the identity of unknown chemicals and substances. Students will learn about chemical and physical changes of substances through invisible ink, and about the different states of matter by exploring the properties of dry ice.
  • Design, develop and execute plans to create flying objects and projectiles to learn about the world of physics and engineering, while learning about the physical concepts of lift and force!

Senior Programs (Grades 6/7/8)

October 5, 19, and 26, 2019

Senior - Science Club (Theme A)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Explore the world of science! Saturday Science Club in October will explore experiments in Plant Biology, Boating Buoyancy and Chemical Reactions. Our STEM instructors will teach students in small groups, where you will:

  • Dissect various plant types, learn about plant structures and specimens, learn about microscopy and plant micro and macrobiology.
  • Test out your knowledge and understanding of the centre of gravity and buoyancy to design and build your own steam boat, critically think and creatively engineer floating structures, and learn about the physics of floating and buoyancy.
  • Learn about the rates of chemical reactions and how they may vary. Students will also learn about the well-known iodine clock reaction used to demonstrate the concepts of the rates of reactions, and perform the Chemical Traffic Light experiment.

Senior - Science Club (Theme B)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Join us for Saturday Science Club in October, where students will have the opportunity to explore Cell Biology, Atoms and Elements, and Electromagnetism. STEM topics will be taught in small groups by instructors who will lead you to:

  • Learn about cell basics, their functions and how they are differentiated. Students will be introduced to the basics of microscopy and how to mount slides, visualize cells and the organelles within, and will explore the topic of blood cells and blood typing
  • Explore the chemical building blocks for all matter in the universe: atoms. We will dance across the periodic table to learn about elements, compounds, periodicity, and all things atoms. Students will also learn about the history of the periodic table, uncovering how Mendeleev discovered one of the most used tables in chemistry!
  • Work through the engineering design process to build a crane that can separate magnetic materials from non-magnetic with an electromagnet. Students will critically engage with different topics in physics such as magnetic forces, friction and gravity.

November 2, 9, and 16, 2019

Senior - Science Club (Theme B)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Join us for Saturday Science Club in November, where students will have the opportunity to explore Cell Biology, Atoms and Elements, and Electromagnetism. STEM topics will be taught in small groups by instructors who will lead you to:

  • Learn about cell basics, their functions and how they are differentiated. Students will be introduced to the basics of microscopy and how to mount slides, visualize cells and the organelles within, and will explore the topic of blood cells and blood typing
  • Explore the chemical building blocks for all matter in the universe: atoms. We will dance across the periodic table to learn about elements, compounds, periodicity, and all things atoms. Students will also learn about the history of the periodic table, uncovering how Mendeleev discovered one of the most used tables in chemistry!
  • Work through the engineering design process to build a crane that can separate magnetic materials from non-magnetic with an electromagnet. Students will critically engage with different topics in physics such as magnetic forces, friction and gravity.

Senior - Science Club (Theme A)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Explore the world of science! Saturday Science Club in November will explore experiments in Plant Biology, Boating Buoyancy and Chemical Reactions. Our STEM instructors will teach students in small groups, where you will:

  • Dissect various plant types, learn about plant structures and specimens, learn about microscopy and plant micro and macrobiology.
  • Test out your knowledge and understanding of the centre of gravity and buoyancy to design and build your own steam boat, critically think and creatively engineer floating structures, and learn about the physics of floating and buoyancy.
  • Learn about the rates of chemical reactions and how they may vary. Students will also learn about the well-known iodine clock reaction used to demonstrate the concepts of the rates of reactions, and perform the Chemical Traffic Light experiment.

January 11, 18, and 25, 2020

Senior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January's Science Club will focus on subjects in Human Biology and Anatomy, Fluid Characteristics and Dynamics, and Harnessing Potential Energy. Our instructors will lead the groups of students in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Harness the power of gravity and potential energy to design water wheels that explore the concept of energy and electricity production. Participants will learn about the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy, and learn about the physics of energy conservation.
  • Learn about liquids and explore the chemistry and dynamics of fluids. Students will learn about the properties of different fluids, such as density, and will also learn about the practical applications of fluids in everyday life such as photocopier ink, fluid separation, and miscibility/immiscibility.
  • Become doctors-in-training and learn about the different systems in the body, particularly the nervous system and skeletal system. Participants will explore the structure of bones and learn how bones are formed and function, as well as the brain and spinal system. Students will also apply their knowledge in diagnosing a patient, as they become a doctor for a day!

Senior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January's Science Club will explore topics in Sustainable Living, Neutralization of Acids and Bases, and Forces and Tensions for Structural Design. With the assistance of knowledgeable instructors, students will:

  • Design, develop, and build a prototype of a sustainable house while learning about the water and carbon cycles, carbon footprints, and create a deeper appreciation for sustainable living, recycling, reducing, and reusing.
  • Learn about the practical applications of acids, bases, and the pH scale through the experimentation and exploration of acid-base neutralizations. Students will also learn about chemical indicators and how they can be used by chemists and researchers to better understand chemical substances.
  • Explore the tension, forces, and construction process to create safe and structurally sound buildings and towers. Students will develop plans to create a tower that will have to sustain shearing and tension forces, to ensure that their tower does not tip over!

February 1, 8 and 22, 2020

Senior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February's Science Club will explore topics in Sustainable Living, Neutralization of Acids and Bases, and Forces and Tensions for Structural Design. With the assistance of knowledgeable instructors, students will:

  • Design, develop, and build a prototype of a sustainable house while learning about the water and carbon cycles, carbon footprints, and create a deeper appreciation for sustainable living, recycling, reducing, and reusing.
  • Learn about the practical applications of acids, bases, and the pH scale through the experimentation and exploration of acid-base neutralizations. Students will also learn about chemical indicators and how they can be used by chemists and researchers to better understand chemical substances.
  • Explore the tension, forces, and construction process to create safe and structurally sound buildings and towers. Students will develop plans to create a tower that will have to sustain shearing and tension forces, to ensure that their tower does not tip over!

Senior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February's Science Club will focus on subjects in Human Biology and Anatomy, Fluid Characteristics and Dynamics, and Harnessing Potential Energy. Our instructors will lead the groups of students in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Harness the power of gravity and potential energy to design water wheels that explore the concept of energy and electricity production. Participants will learn about the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy, and learn about the physics of energy conservation.
  • Learn about liquids and explore the chemistry and dynamics of fluids. Students will learn about the properties of different fluids, such as density, and will also learn about the practical applications of fluids in everyday life such as photocopier ink, fluid separation, and miscibility/immiscibility.
  • Become doctors-in-training and learn about the different systems in the body, particularly the nervous system and skeletal system. Participants will explore the structure of bones and learn how bones are formed and function, as well as the brain and spinal system. Students will also apply their knowledge in diagnosing a patient, as they become a doctor for a day!

Code with Kids! Programs

Code with Kids! All-Girls Club || Grades 4 to 6

Due to the generous support of Actua and TD Bank Group, the programming for our Fall Code with Kids! All-Girls Club is offered free of charge to select communities. Exclusions may apply. For more information, please call our office at: 416-736-2100 ext 44552

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: Free || Limited to 20 students
Available to students in grades 4 to 6
Runs for six Saturdays: October 26, 2019 and November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2019

Code with Kids! All-Girls Club is designed to give girls the skills and confidence required for computer programming. Join us as we explore computer science and break down stereotypes about women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). From cybersecurity to Arduino, students will be encouraged to learn, design, and build while developing digital literacy and lifelong skills necessary for 21st century life.

Code with Kids! Coed Club || Grades 3 to 5

Due to the generous support of Actua and CanCode, the programming for our Fall Code with Kids! is offered free of charge to select communities. Exclusions may apply. For more information, please call our office at: 416-736-2100 ext 44552

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: Free || Limited to 20 students
Available to students in grades 3 to 5
Runs for six Saturdays: October 26, 2019 and November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2019

Code with Kids! Junior Coed Club is designed to give students the skills and confidence required for computer programming. Join us as we explore computer science and explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). From cybersecurity to Arduino, students will be encouraged to learn, design, and build while developing digital literacy and lifelong skills necessary for 21st century life.

 

Code with Kids! Coed Club || Grades 6 to 8

Due to the generous support of Actua and CanCode, the programming for our Fall Code with Kids! is offered free of charge to select communities. Exclusions may apply. For more information, please call our office at: 416-736-2100 ext 44552

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: Free || Limited to 20 students
Available to students in grades 3 to 5
Runs for six Saturdays: October 26, 2019 and November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2019

Code with Kids! Senior Coed Club is designed to give students the skills and confidence required for computer programming. Join us as we explore computer science and explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). From cybersecurity to Arduino, students will be encouraged to learn, design, and build while developing digital literacy and lifelong skills necessary for 21st century life.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child bring electronic devices?

Please note that we encourage students 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 program 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.

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.