Online Fall and Winter Programs (Grade 5 to 12)

Online Programs - Students on Zoom.

Registration for Fall 2022 Programs open now!

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

We're excited to be offering York University STEM Workshops for students in grade 5 to 12! STEM workshops are 1.5 hours and will be held during weeknights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Each class will be LIVE, GUIDED and will allow participants to be involved in hands-on activities with a specially made STEM Kit. Limited spots available, so register early!

Register for multiple workshops and save!

  • Register for 1 or 2 workshops: $50.00 each.
  • Register for 3 or 4 workshops: $45.00 each. Save 5%!
  • Register for all 5 workshops: $40.00 each. Save 10%!

Fall 2022 Programs

Grade 5-8 Workshops

Owl Pellet Dissection
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
In this workshop, students will investigate owl species and their habitats. Students will learn that during an owl’s normal digestive cycle their bodies create “owl pellets.” Students will be given a chance to dissect the pellet and identify the prey.

Spooky Skeletal Hand Automata
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Students will learn about the skeletal and muscular systems of the body, and create their own model that simulates the movement created by our bones and tendons.

Atomic Modelling
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Using tasty treats to represent subatomic particles, students will build atomic models to learn about the structure of atoms and their nuclear notation of the periodic table.

Functioning Neurons
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Students can squish, build, and light up a neuron in this hands-on activity. Build a model neuron and watch how electricity moves through a brain cell.

Examining Emollients in Health Care
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
The role of emollients in the treatment of dry skin conditions (such as eczema) is often underestimated. Emollients promote optimal skin health and prevent skin breakdown, and their use can improve patients’ quality of life. Students will enhance their understanding of the skin barrier function, and investigate how well different ingredients found in skin moisturizing products work at keeping a model of human skin hydrated.

Grade 9-12 Workshops

Pharmaceutical Inhibitors
Thursday, October 20, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Students will learn about how pharmaceutical drugs work in the body and the mechanism through which they counteract the activity and effect of the pathogen. Students will specifically examine inhibitor drugs and their effect on enzymes that proliferate pathogens such as bacteria by building molecular models.

Electrifying Electroscopes
Thursday, October 27, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
An electroscope is an instrument used to measure the relative strength of an electric charge.
Students will build their own electroscopes to study and explore static electricity.

Blood Flow Modelling
Thursday, November 3, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Students will build a model of the circulatory system and use it to demonstrate how blood flow changes in your arteries when plaque buildup happens during coronary heart disease.

Viral Membrane
Thursday, November 10, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Explore the world of viral cell membranes as we learn about the micro components of membranes such as the phospholipids that make it up and the types of transports involved. This workshop will showcase the membrane and provide a visual of how the structure works from a macro perspective.

Microbial Science
Thursday, November 17, 2022 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $50.00. Register for multiple workshops and save! || STEM Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
What is a microbe and how does it affect our daily lives? Join us as we learn about the types of microbes and how we use them in our products and services. We will test how environment has an effect on microbes, and explore a common chemical interaction that humans take advantage of in food products.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

How much does it cost and how do I register?

Each STEM Workshop costs $50.00. You will receive a 1.5-hour live session, and a STEM Kit with free Domestic Shipping included.

Register for multiple workshops and save!

  • Register for 1 or 2 workshops: $50.00 each.
  • Register for 3 or 4 workshops: $45.00 each. Save 5%!
  • Register for all 5 workshops: $40.00 each. Save 10%!

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 in your confirmation email 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.

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. Once registered, participants of our STEM Club programs will receive a STEM Kit Package that will include:

  • Activity Bags with materials required to complete the activities
  • Self-Supplied Materials List, if applicable. 

Self-Supplied Materials:

A list of self-supplied materials required for the online program will be included with your STEM Kit. 

Self-supplied items are materials that either household items (such as spoons and cups), or items that cannot be shipped because they are deemed hazardous (such as isopropyl alcohol or batteries).
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.

What does the schedule look like?

Each STEM Workshop is 1.5 hours long.

All sessions are live and guided by our wonderful team of Instructors. 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 offer Financial Assistance for Science Engagement Programs, when funding is available. Applications will be assessed on a first come, first serve basis, depending on funding availability. For more information, please click on the appropriate links or email explore@yorku.ca.



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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. To that end:

    • Cancellation requests made 14+ days before the program starts are eligible for a full refund, minus the $15 administration fee per participant per session.
    • Cancellation requests made 14+ days before the program starts and after the STEM Kit has been shipped, are eligible for a full refund minus a $50 administration and STEM Kit fee per participant per session
    • No refunds will be made less than 14 days before the start of the session.

    Refunds will be given upon written notice of cancellation. No refunds will be given for days when a participant is absent and missed days cannot be made up. If you have any questions, please email us at explore@yorku.ca (grade 3 to 8), helix@yorku.ca (grade 9-12) or call 647-334-3549

 
  • Supervision

    Who is teaching?

    Our Instructors are undergraduate or graduate science students, teacher candidates, or Ontario Certified Teachers.

    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
  • 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.