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)

January 12, January 19, January 26, 2019

Junior - Science Variety Pack
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Launch into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) by joining us at York Science Saturdays! Students will get the opportunity to explore topics in biology, physics, and chemistry by:

  • designing simple machines like the catapult to discover the difference between accuracy and precision;
  • investigate the human immune system by studying diseases and bacteria;
  • and exploring the world of polymers to understand how products from water bottles to car tires are made.

Junior - Code with Kids! Website Development
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Designed to give students the skills required for computer programming, become a pioneer in the new coding initiative! Through the Code with Kids! program, students will:

    • learn how the internet and websites work;
    • understand cyber security on the internet;
    • fix a broken website by using Inspect Element;
    • and develop and use JavaScript to make their websites functional.

February 2, February 9, February 23, 2019

Junior - Science Variety Pack
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Light up your February with our Science Variety Pack! Students will:

  • learn about ecology by studying the relationship between the levels of the marine food web;
  • investigate the effects of oil spills on the environment;
  • explore medicine by analysing the components of chemicals through diffusion and chromatography;
  • and learn about electrical circuits by building their own flashlights.

Junior - Code with Kids! Arduino
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Join us at Code with Kids! to learn about electricity and use Arduinos, a programmable circuit board that uses C++, to program electrical circuits that can control devices and robots. Students will code the Arduino to:

  • create a Nightlight by using a photoresistor;
  • build a car with flashing emergency-coloured lights;
  • and design an Electronic Security System that flashes lights when someone is near.

Senior Programs (Grades 6/7/8)

January 12, January 19, January 26, 2019

Senior - Code with Kids! Website Development
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Designed to give students the skills required for computer programming, become a pioneer in the new coding initiative! Through the Code with Kids! program, students will:

  • learn about cyber security on the internet;
  • use Inspect Element and JavaScript to manipulate websites;
  • and control HTML and CSS with JavaScript to create their own websites.

Senior - Science Variety Pack
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Join us at Science Variety Pack to explore topics in biology, chemistry, and physics! Students will:

  • investigate wind power as a source of renewable energy and how people all over the world are investing in wind technology as one of the principal methods to generate electricity;
  • work together to discuss and solve global impact on water supply by exploring water filtration systems;
  • and study forensic chemistry by exploring ligands, luminol, and chemiluminescence.

February 2, February 9, February 23, 2019

Senior - Code with Kids! Machine Learning
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Machine Learning is one of the fastest growing fields in computer science and is behind many new technologies including self-driving cars and speech recognition. Students will:

  • learn how computer scientists are able to teach computers how to recognize patterns and complete complex tasks;
  • investigate how a computer can be taught to play Rock, Paper, Scissors using different algorithms;
  • make animations that can classify different human inputs such as a Chat Bot that can recognize the sentiment of a sentence or a bot that can recognize newspaper headlines;
  • and write a machine learning program that learns Linear Separation.

Senior - Science Variety Pack
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
Explore the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) by joining us at York Science Saturdays! Students will:

  • learn about the structures of molecules by creating 3D molecular models;
  • work together to design and build a hydraulic drawbridge using principles of tension, compression, forces, and more;
  • and study oceanography by programming Ozobots to navigate the ocean floor.

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.