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 five 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 with a specially made Camp Kit. Limited spots available, so register early!

Winter programs will be posted by the end of November.

Fall 2021 Programs

Grade 3/4 Clubs

Junior Scientist STEM Club

Dates: Mondays on October 25, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Our Junior Scientists will be immersed in a world of Biology, Chemistry and Physics where each week introduces an exciting new activity to inspire their scientific minds. From using analytical techniques to determine the sugar content in liquids, to learning about the reflective properties of light through constructing a kaleidoscope, our Junior Scientists will be introduced to various branches of science.

Amusement Park STEM Club

Dates: Saturdays on October 30, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 || Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Welcome to our Amusement Park of Simple Machines! Students will have the opportunity to learn about the science of simple machines and critically apply this knowledge into the construction of their own amusement park rides. Learn how Swing Carousels are assembled using inclined planes, how rollercoasters are giant compound machines, and much more!

Grade 5/6 Clubs

Mad Scientist STEM Club

Dates: Mondays on October 25, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Join our Mad Scientists in their pursuit of learning by combining Biology, Chemistry and Physics into an array of engaging activities. Learn about the four bases of our genetic system by constructing DNA bracelets, analyze fluid mechanics through building an Archimedes screw, or grasp the concept of effervescence by making their own bath bombs. These and more are offered in our Mad Scientist STEM Club.

Force Fields STEM Club

Dates: Saturdays on October 30, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 || Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Immerse yourself in the science of electromagnetism in our Force Fields STEM Club. Learn about electricity by constructing a basic electric circuit and investigate the properties of magnetism by simulating Earth’s magnetic field! Combine these two branches of science to explore electromagnetism through construction of an electromagnetic motor and a model maglev toy.

Grade 7/8 Clubs

Scientist-in-Training STEM Club

Dates: Wednesdays on October 27, November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Join our Scientists-in- Training by delving into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). From using analytical chemistry techniques to determine an unknown powder to exploring statements and loops using Python, students will be immersed in a variety of fun science activities.

Cellular Science STEM Club

Dates: Saturdays on October 30, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 || Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Get your own microscope and explore Cellular Science at home! Learn how to assemble a paper microscope as well as make your own mounted slides to explore concepts in cellular biology such as cellular respiration and mitosis. Activities include:

  • Plant Dissection
  • Animal Cell Models
  • Cellular Respiration with Yeast, and more!

Python I Coding Club

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays on October 18, 21, 25, 28, and November 1, 4, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $180.00 || No Camp Kit is included with this program
Step into the world of computer science where we’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, calculations, 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!

Grade 9 to 12 Programs

Mini YU STEM Club

Dates: Tuesdays on October 26, November 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
It’s time for Mini YU! Join our students as they are immersed in the fields of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Assemble a microscope using paper to view mounted slides at home, learn the science behind lactose intolerance and learn about projectile motion by constructing a ping-pong ball launcher. Activities include:

  • Ping Pong Ball Launcher
  • Orange Juice Titration
  • Lactose Intolerance Analysis, and more!

Molecular Menu STEM Club

Dates: Saturdays on October 30, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 || Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Cost: $150.00 || Camp Kit and Domestic shipping are included.
Join us on a culinary adventure as we investigate the importance of chemistry in cooking cuisine. Use mathematics to make lemonade, conduct your own analysis of sugars and starches in our food, make digestible water bottles you can eat, and much more!

  • Fibonacci Lemonade
  • Edible Water Bottle
  • Sugar and Starch Analysis

Python I Coding Club

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays on November 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25, 2021 || Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Cost: $180.00 || No Camp Kit is included with this program
Step into the world of computer science where we’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, calculations, 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

General

How much does it cost and how do I register?

Each STEM Club section costs $150.00, and you will receive five 1.5-hour live sessions, a Camp Kit with free Domestic Shipping included, and a certificate of completion you can download at the end of the program.

Each Coding Club section costs $180.00, and you will receive six1.5-hour live sessions and a certificate of completion you can download at the end of the program.

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

  • Science Journal
  • 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 Camp 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.
    • 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 five meetings, with each meeting being 1.5 hours long. Each Coding Club will run for six meetings, with each meeting being 1.5 horus 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 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 Camp Kit has been shipped, are eligible for a full refund minus a $50 administration and Camp 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?

    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.