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

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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!

Fall 2020 Programs

Grade 3/4 Clubs

Thursday STEM Club
Dates: November 12/19/26, December 3/10/17 || 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 amazing world of human and food biology, celestial mechanics and fluid dynamics. Students will be challenged to analyze everyday substances and uncover the science hidden inside. Our instructors will lead classes on hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

    • Study human biology by learning and recreating the mechanics behinds your lungs;
    • Learn about the transmission of sound from of telephone to your ear and how your brain breaks down vibrations;
    • Practice analytical chemistry to discover the enzymatic breakdown of food and how different colors change the perception of taste;
    • Explore the mechanics behind robotic arms to design your own space arm; and
    • Create lava lamps while learning about fluid density.

Saturday STEM Club
Dates: November 7/14/21/28, December 5/12 || Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Join us at grade 3/4 Saturday STEM Club where students will explore topics in computer science, biology, chemistry and physics. Our instructors will lead class classes and hands-on activities where you will:

    • Learn about centripetal force to create a tornado in a jar;
    • Explore acids and bases through the experimentation of a neutralization reaction;
    • Creating a pepper and soap experiment for fighting pathogens;
    • Design games and animations using Scratch;
    • And many more!

Grade 5/6 Clubs

Wednesday STEM Club
Dates: November 11/18/25, December 2/9/16 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Explore topics biology, chemistry, and physics at our Wednesday STEM Club! Students will focus on topics in climate change and the environment, chromatography and Newton’s Laws of Motion. Our instructors will lead class classes and hands-on activities where you will:

    • Build your own thermometer to observe and record temperatures in real time. Along with crafting your own terrarium, participants will utilize these activities to learn about climate change, global warming and sustainable systems.
    • Learn the workings of Thin Layer Chromatography, a separation technique commonly utilized in Biology and Chemistry labs. Participants will study food dyes in the making of candy, while calculating retention factors and learning about affinities.
    • Explore Newton’s Laws of Motion and applying their knowledge in the construction of balloon-powered cars. Participants will also engineer their own bridge and boat in additional activities to learn about important forces in physics such as buoyancy, tension and compression.

Saturday STEM Club
Dates: November 7/14/21/28, December 5/12 || Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
The grade 5/6 STEM Club will explore engineering design principles by diving into the world of mechanical physics, prototyping and digital design. Students will learn about engineering concepts that are rooted in the design of devices we use every day. Our instructors will lead classes and hands-on activities where you will:

    • Learn about Computer Aided Design by experimenting with TinkerCAD design tools. Students will explore precise measurement, engineering drawings and prototyping by analyzing normal objects and translating them into digital design.
    • Develop and engineer complex structures that showcase physical principles like Inertia, Tensile Forces and Buoyancy. Students will apply these principles during design challenges to simulate the engineer design process.

Grade 7/8 Clubs

Monday STEM Club
Dates: November 9/16/23/30, December 7/14 || Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
Join us at Monday’s STEM Club where students in grade 7 and 8 will explore topics in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. With the guidance of our instructors, students will:

    • Utilize their knowledge of physics to create a balloon powered car and extend this application to learn about speed through the use of kinematic equations;
    • Explore healthy heart rates and learn about the various techniques used to measure pulse, a common application in clinical environments;
    • Construct atom models to become more familiar with the Periodic Table of Elements, a useful tool for students and scientists;
    • Learn the different allotropes of carbon by creating physical models using marshmallows and toothpicks;
    • And more!

Saturday STEM Club
Dates: November 7/14/21/28, December 5/12 || Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions and list of materials will be sent after registration
The grade 7/8 Saturday STEM Club will introduce students to a side of sound they have never heard before. Students will explore the mechanics of sounds and vibrations, and will work to integrate them with music production, to accomplish the weekly activities. Our instructors will lead classes and demonstrations where you can:

    • Explore the fundamental mechanics behind sound waves and frequencies and how they interact to create melodies and harmonies in
      popular music.
    • Learn about material interactions to craft devices that enhance and breakdown sound. Students will explore amplification and noise reduction by developing speakers and noise-cancelling headphones.
    • Design your own instrument/sound device using your understanding of vibrations and resonance. Students will also get a chance to sample their instrument to explore digital music production

Note: One activity in this STEM club was done in our grade 5/6 Science of Sound Summer 2020 camp. If you participated in this camp, we recommend signing up for another STEM Club session. If you would still like to participate, please email us at explore@yorku.ca to let us know that you attended the 5/6 Science of Sound camp.

Grade 9 to 12 Programs

Python I Club
Dates: November 7/10/14/17/21/24
Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm || Saturdays from 10:00am to 11:30am
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions will be sent after registration
Step into the world of computer science where you'll learn the basics of Python, including: loops, functions, and some mathematical computation. By the end, participants will be able to code their own text-based adventure game. Don’t worry, there won’t be any snakes! Instructors will lead classes where you can:

    • Learn variables and graphics by writing simple programs that draw images and patterns;
    • Explore binary and use python to code a calculator;
    • Code a text-based adventure game and add graphics and animation to it;
    • And more!

Note: This club theme was offered during Summer 2020. If you attended Python I during Summer 2020, we recommend that you do not sign up for this club.

Python II Club
Dates: November 28, December 1/5/8/12/15
Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm || Saturdays from 10:00am to 11:30am
Course Fee: $70 || Set-Up Instructions will be sent after registration
In Python II, we’ll take a look at some more advanced Python programming, dive into machine learning, object-oriented programming, and more advanced mathematical computation. Students participating in Python II should either attend Python I first or have prior knowledge of python.

Note: This club theme was offered during Summer 2020. If you attended Python II during Summer 2020, we recommend that you do not sign up for this club.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

How much does it cost and how do I register?

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.

Who is supporting this program?

A proud network member of:

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 will strive to send the list one week prior to the start of the online program so that you have 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 always be present or be in close vicinity for assistance.

While we have taken steps to make sure that every participant feels safe and engaged, please note that 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 and 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. In the Zoom setup Instructions above, there 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 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 and 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.