NEW: Online Fall and Winter Programs (Grade 3 to 12)

Online Programs - Students on Zoom.

Engage in STEM with us while in the comfort of your home!

We're excited to be offering York STEM Clubs for students in grade 3 to 12! Instructors and students will meet once or twice a week for a total of six meetings. STEM clubs are 1.5 hours each meeting and will be held during the weekday and Saturday.

Each class will be LIVE, GUIDED and will allow participants to be involved in hands-on activities using materials you have at home or can purchase for minimal costs. Limited spots available, so register early!

*NEW REGISTRATION LINK* (If you registered any time between January 22, 2021 and January 29, 2021 and have not received information about the STEM Club, please email explore@yorku.ca)

Winter 2021 Programs

Grade 3/4 Clubs

Thursday STEM Club

Dates: February 4/11/18/25, March 4/11, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Students in the grade 3/4 Thursday STEM Club will explore the world of biology, food science and computation. You will be introduced to chemical concepts, mechanical processes and understand the science behind much more. Our instructors will lead classes on hands-on interactive learning where you will:

    • Study human biology, by learning and recreating the mechanics in your DNA & gaining insight on the cell theory and cell components;
    • Explore chemical mixtures and reactions in food that can alter their characteristics;
    • Craft your own biodome while learning about habitat management, climate change and sustainable systems; and
    • Enter the world of computation and learn to code using blocks and graphics.

Saturday STEM Club

Dates: January 30, February 6/13/20/27, March 6, 2021 || Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
In our grade 3/4 Saturday STEM Club, students will explore different branches of science like astronomy, chemistry, and body biology! Our instructors will lead classes on hands-on interactive learning where you will:

    • Learn about astronomy while creating a model of the moon phases and telling time with sundials;
    • Create DNA models while exploring its structure;
    • Explore chemistry and saturated solutions by making rock candy;
    • Study human biology with a focus on the skeletal system;
    • And many more!
*NEW REGISTRATION LINK* (if you registered any time between January 22, 2021 and January 29, 2021 and have not received information about the STEM Club, please email explore@yorku.ca)

Grade 5/6 Clubs

Wednesday STEM Club

Dates: February 3/10/17/24, March 3/10, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Explore topics in Biology, Biochemistry and Physics at our Wednesday STEM Club. Our instructors will delve into these integral foundations in Science so you can:

    • Learn the workings of bones and tendons in our body by constructing a model arm. Furthermore, students will learn principles of optics and study the anatomy of the human eye to understand perception and optical illusions.
    • Investigate the field of biochemistry through learning about blood types and fingerprints, as well as the surfactant properties of soap. Students will also learn about the role of enzymes in biological systems and their regulation by inhibitors.
    • Use physics to explain the flight properties of airplanes, then think critically to apply that knowledge to create your own models.

Saturday STEM Club

Dates: January 30, February 6/13/20/27, March 6, 2021 || Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Join us at the grade 5/6 Saturday STEM Club where students will explore topics in Chemistry, Mechanics and Body Biology. Students will get the chance to explore and experiment with scientific concepts that can be modeled at their own desks! With the guidance of our instructors, students will:

    • Experiment with natural chemical reactions to model natural fermentation in pickles;
    • Explore thrilling mechanics through the construction of flying machines and reactive materials;
    • Learn about earthquakes, how they are caused, and how to measure their strength; and
    • Study the circulatory system by developing a pumping heart model.
*NEW REGISTRATION LINK* (if you registered any time between January 22, 2021 and January 29, 2021 and have not received information about the STEM Club, please email explore@yorku.ca)

Grade 7/8 Clubs

Tuesday STEM Club

Dates: February 2/9/16/23, March 2/9, 2021 || Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Tuesday’s 7/8 STEM Club will focus on areas in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Our Instructors will draw on various aspects in Science to explain interesting concepts so you will be able to:

    • Use the properties of physics to design a zipline and understand how they work. Dive even further into the field of physics to explore Rube Goldberg machines and create your own;
    • Explore how Biology and Chemistry connect to learn about the properties of DNA as well as learning about acids and bases; and
    • Learn about WHMIS and MSDS, where the applications extend beyond laboratories into school, work and home environments.

Saturday STEM Club

Dates: January 30, February 6/13/20/27, March 6, 2021 || Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Explore topics in human biology, chemistry, physics and computation at our grade 7/8 Stem Club! Students will focus on topics in food and chemical science, worldly mechanics and python coding. Our instructors will lead classes and hands-on activities where you will:

    • Experiment with chemical principles like crystallization, acid-base titration and chemical polarity;
    • Enter the world of game making to code your own "Choose Your Own Adventure" text- based game;
    • Model human biology through analyzing bone structure; and
    • Explore modern mechanics by visualizing concepts like gravitation and water purification.
*NEW REGISTRATION LINK* (if you registered any time between January 22, 2021 and January 29, 2021 and have not received information about the STEM Club, please email explore@yorku.ca)

Grade 9 to 12 Programs

Python III Club

Dates: January 30, February 1/6/8/13/15, 2021
Mondays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm || Saturdays from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions will be sent after registration
In Python III, we’ll take a look at more advanced Python programming. With a focus on object-oriented programming, and learning how to use more advanced algorithms to code games, machine learning programs, and data management software. Students participating in Python III should have either attended Python II first or have prior knowledge of python.

Note: The Python III Club is an extension of the Python I and II clubs. If you would like to participate in Python III, but have not attended Python I/II, please email helix@yorku.ca for more information.

*NEW REGISTRATION LINK* (if you registered any time between January 22, 2021 and January 29, 2021 and have not received information about the STEM Club, please email explore@yorku.ca)

Frequently Asked Questions

General

How much does it cost and how do I register?

Each STEM Club section costs $70.00.

All registration is to be completed online through the Active Software system. Your spot will be reserved upon receipt of payment. You will receive a Welcome Package after registration with more information including the Zoom link, Setup, Required Materials and more!

We are doing everything we can to keep our program fees low and accessible. This fee will help us cover our Instructor salaries and enables us to offer more Online Programs.

*NEW REGISTRATION LINK* (if you registered any time between January 22, 2021 and January 29, 2021 and have not received information about the STEM Club, please email explore@yorku.ca)

Who is supporting this program?

A proud network member of:

Actua logo.

Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at www.actua.ca.

Do I need to buy materials?

Despite the at-home nature of our online programs this year, we're still committed to maintaining the same level of quality and education our programs are known for. However, this means that participants will be carrying out their own experiments, and will need the materials to do so. While we're able to provide excellent instruction digitally, we're unable to provide the breadth of resources available to us on campus. This means that in signing up, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to assist participants in collecting materials and preparing for each online program.

Once registered, you will receive a Welcome Package that will include:

  • Zoom Link
  • Set-up Information for Coding Programs, if applicable
  • Recommended Materials, if applicable

Recommended Materials:

A list of materials required for the online program will be sent on the Friday prior to your first day. The program activities have been designed with limited access to materials in mind and most are considered household items. We recognize that it can be challenging to acquire certain materials and have listed alternatives.

    • In cases where we are able to provide the list in advance, we strive to send the list one week prior to the start of the online program. In order to give you sufficient time to assemble and/or purchase the materials needed.
    • Please make sure to list ALL medical concerns including allergies when you are registering. We will try our best to provide an alternative if there is an item the participant is allergic to.
    • Coding programs do not require materials, only set-up instructions for the program we will be using (ex. Python) which will be sent after registration.

What does the schedule look like?

Each STEM Club will run for six meetings, with each meeting being 1.5hrs long.

All sessions are live and guided by our wonderful team of Instructors. On the first day, Instructors will start with a brief introduction, set goals and expectations, and do Icebreakers so that participants can get to know each other. The remaining time will be for engaging in STEM activities and Q&A.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We are doing everything we can to keep our costs low. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to offer financial assistance.

To engage in free STEM activities, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

What is your cancellation policy?

We are doing everything we can to keep our costs low. When there is a cancellation, we lose $15 per participant per session in non-refundable registration and credit card fees.

Cancellations made more than one week before the program starts are eligible for a full refund. (Minus the $15 administration fee per participant per session.) Refunds will be given upon written notice of cancellation. No refunds will be made less than one week before the program starts. No refunds will be given for days when a participant is absent and missed days cannot be made up.

 
  • Supervision

    Who is teaching?

    Each program is live and led by a pair of Instructors. On the first day, parent(s)/guardian(s) can join for five minutes to meet the Instructors.

    Do parent(s)/guardian(s) need to be present for the online programs?

    Depending on the grade level and some activities, guardian participation may be required. For our younger participants, or participants that require extra help, we recommend a parent/guardian should be present or be close by for assistance.

    While we have taken steps to make sure that every participant feels safe and engaged, our online programs are not meant to function as childcare. We ask that parent(s)/guardian(s) continue to supervise their child(ren) while they participate in our online programs.

    Before the program starts, please spend 15 minutes to guide your child(ren) through using Zoom. Here is a helpful guide on Zoom features such as raising their hand if they have a question, screen sharing, using reactions, and more.

    Can you provide one-on-one support?

    Due to the online nature of the program, we are unable to provide one-on-one support. We ask that parent(s)/guardian(s) remain nearby in case the participant requires extra help. Please also list any behavioural concerns or exceptionalities we should be aware of during the registration process. (Ex: fears/phobias, learning disability, difficulty making friends, tendency to wander, etc).

    For further assistance or if you have concerns, please email us at explore@yorku.ca. We will try our best to support the participant prior to the program start.

    Technical

    What online platform are we using?

    We will be using Zoom, the platform that York University has chosen for online learning. Instructions to setup Zoom can be found here. A link for Zoom will be emailed to participants on the Friday before the program starts.

    Please spend 15 minutes to guide your child(ren) through using Zoom prior to the start of the program. Here is a helpful guide on Zoom features such as raising their hand if they have a question, screen sharing, using reactions, and more.

    What technical specifications are required?

    Recommended technical specifications can be found here.

    • STEM programs: only Zoom set-up required
    • Coding programs: additional program/software installation may be required depending on the program you are registered for. This information will be sent to you after registration.

    Will I be recorded?

    Each program is recorded for safety, legal, and training purposes. Recordings will not be shared with anyone outside of the program or with participants.

    For optimal engagement, we recommend that each participant has their webcam enabled. This will allow Instructors to follow along on each participant’s progress. And to assist if participant’s have difficulties with the activities. This will also allow participants to share their activities with each other!

    Online Etiquette

    • Make sure your Zoom name is the first name and last initial of the participant registered in the class. This is so we can properly identify you and admit you into the classroom.
    • Treat an online classroom just like a real one. Give your full attention to whoever is talking, and do your best work on the activities. Be respectful to the other people in the classroom the same way you would in real life.
    • Keep yourself muted when you aren’t talking. Use the raise hand button and wait to be called on before asking a question.
    • Arrive on time. Coming to class late slows down the whole class. It also means that we have less time for learning and doing activities. If you have difficulties entering the Zoom class, please contact us immediately at explore@yorku.ca.
    • Don’t distract yourself with other tasks while you’re in class. Turn off other devices and any unrelated programs on your main device.
    • Ask questions and participate in the class. We want to help you learn, so if you have any questions, please ask them! We highly recommend that you use a webcam and a microphone, so you can better participate in group discussion about what we’re learning.
  • Have additional questions? Contact us at explore@yorku.ca for Grade 3 to 8 clubs or helix@yorku.ca for Grade 9 to 12 clubs.