NEW: Online Summer Programs (Grade 3 to 12)

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Registration for our 2021 In-Person Science Explorations Summer Camp is also now available! 

 

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

We're excited to be offering weekly online STEM programs for students in grade 3 to 12! Programs are developed and taught by undergraduate/graduate science or engineering students, Teacher Candidates, or Ontario Certified Teachers. Online programs are two-hours daily for four- or five-days depending on the week. Each session will be LIVE, GUIDED and will allow participants to be involved in hands-on activities.

Note: Several of our Online Program offerings are modified from previous years' in-person/online camps (grade 3 to 8) and programs (grade 9 to 12). If you participated in an in-person camp or program with the same name, we recommend that you do not sign up for them again.

 

Summer 2021 Online Programs

Grade 3/4 Camps

Adventures in Space

Date: July 5-9, 2021 || August 3-6, 2021* || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Perseverance Rover has finally made its way to Mars in February 2021. Launch sky-high flying rockets towards Mars to assist Perseverance in its mission. Take a look at the stars by making your very own telescope! From saving astronauts to constellations, campers at Adventures in Space will be engaged in all things astronomy.

Mini-Robotics

Date: July 12-16, 2021 || August 9-13, 2021 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Robots are machines that we create to do different tasks for us. Join us as we investigate how circuits are integral to robotics and design, build and investigate simple machines to create your own circuit-bot at home!

Nature Explorers

Date: July 19-23, 2021 || August 16-20, 2021 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Take a walk through nature and see it from a new perspective. We will be taking a look at the needs of your local ecosystems and learn what we can do to enhance wildlife diversity. Campers will investigate how plants and animals survive and adapt to changes in their environment. We hope to plant a seed that will help campers grow a lifelong love of nature.

Spectacular Structures

Date: July 26-30, 2021 || August 23-27, 2021 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Take your imagination to new heights by learning about the variety of structures humanity uses for different purposes. Join us as we explore one of the fastest-growing industries in the modern world, where campers will build on their innate curiosity for physics, architecture, and engineering concepts. Engage with the engineering design process to build towers and bridges.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

Grade 5/6 Camps

CSI: Camp Scene Investigation

Date: July 5-9 (9-11am) || August 3-6* (9-11am) || August 16-20 (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150 , Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Someone has stolen our favourite microscope! CSI: Camp Scene Investigation focuses on a number of scientific investigation techniques which campers will utilize in order to piece together clues and solve the Mystery of the Missing Microscope.

Medical Science

Date: July 5-9 (12-2pm) || July 19-23 (9-11am) || August 3-6* (12-2pm) || August 16-20 (9-11am)
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Welcome to the world of medicine! Campers will be introduced to the many practical and interesting aspects of the medical profession. From molecular structure to human anatomy, campers will explore a variety of biological and chemical concepts that will sure pique their interest in immunology, anatomy, biochemistry, and more!

Flight Academy

Date: July 12-16 (9-11am) || July 26-30 (12-2pm) || August 23-27 (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150
This camp starts off with a bang! Learn about different chemical reactions and how we can harness their potential energy to create thrilling displays of engineering. Concoct your own rocket fuel recipe while making bottle rockets and use the engineering design process to plan and build your own glider.

Code with Kids! Intro to Computer Science

Date: July 12-16 (12-2pm) || July 26-30 (9-11am) || August 9-13 (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150
Designed to give campers the skills required for computer programming, this camp will introduce campers to the importance of computer science and how we can become creators through exploration of drag-and-drop coding using a variety of open-source platforms and languages.

Science of Sound

Date: July 19-23 (12-2pm) || August 9-13 (9-11am) || August 23-27 (9-11am)
Course Fee: $150
Participants will discover the physics behind sound waves and soundproofing. They’ll apply their knowledge to craft an instrument and build their own noise-cancelling headset!

Note: This course was offered online in Summer 2020.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

Grade 7/8 Camps

Neuroscience: Meet the Mind

Date: July 5-9, 2021 (9-11am) || July 5-9, 2021 (12-2pm) || July 19-23, 2021 (12-2pm) || August 16-20, 2021 (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150
Discover all the fascinating things the brain can do! At Neuroscience: Meet the Mind, campers will take a deep dive into the organ that controls it all. From neurons to senses, campers will investigate topics about the nervous system such as anatomy, function, perception, diseases, and more. Join us as we explore the science behind the mind by engaging in activities such as brain modelling, testing illusions, engaging in sensory experiments, and more!

Space Science

Date: July 5-9, 2021 (12-2pm) || July 19-23, 2021 (9-11am) || August 3-6, 2021* (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Join us on our journey to the moon. Get ready for NASA’S next planned Artemis Moon Mission in 2024 by building your own hydraulic lunar-rover. Learn how astronomers and astrophysicists determine the composition of planets millions of light-years away, and see the stars at home with circuit constellations.

Veterinary Medicine

Date: July 12-16 (9-11am) || July 26-30 (12-2pm) || August 9-13 (9-11am) || August 23-27 (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150
Become a veterinarian for week! Join us as we take a journey through zoology: the study of animal biology. Campers will delve in the kingdom of Animalia by investigating techniques in veterinary science, exploring animal physiology, and more! From dissecting an owl pellet to exploring life cycles of different animals, campers will be engaged in all things animal.

Science of Movies

Date: July 12-16, 2021 (12-2pm) || August 9-13, 2021 (12-2pm) || August 23-27, 2021 (9-11am)
Course Fee: $150
How is science used to help solve the challenges in movie-making? Experience first-hand some of the tricks of the trade behind Hollywood’s “movie magic”. Combining chemistry, physics and creativity, campers will have the opportunity calculate speeds and braking distances for a car stunt and test the physics of projectile motion to imitate flying or being thrown from an explosion.

Marvelous Mechanics

Date: July 26-30, 2021 (9-11am) || August 3-6, 2021* (9-11am) || August 16-20, 2021 (9-11am)
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
In Marvelous Mechanics, participants will learn a variety of physics concepts. And gain hands-on experience while crafting their own water clocks, bridges, and filtration systems, amongst other exciting activities and demos.

Note: This course was offered online in Summer 2020.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

Grade 9 to 12 Programs

Immunology

Date: July 5-9, 2021 (9-11am) || July 19-23 (12-2pm) || August 3-6, 2021* (9-11am)
Course Fee: $150, Four-day programs marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Understanding how diseases manifest in our body first requires us to grasp how our body function under normal conditions. Join us as we explore the different types of pathogens and how scientists study the life cycles of these pathogens in order to understand how to fight against them. This course focuses on the life cycle, current research, and difficulties associated with the treatment of a virus.

Pharmacology

Date: July 12-16 (9-11am) || July 26-30 (12-2pm) || August 9-13 (9-11am) || August 23-27 (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150
Medicine has the ability to stop, cure or prevent diseases and illnesses. While we use medicine every day to treat our symptoms, the science behind how medications function and how they are designed is not as commonly understood. This course will investigate techniques used in drug preparation, administration and absorption in the human body. Join us as we learn the four stages involved when medication is taken, and explore the different types of medications available.

Sustainable Future

Date: July 19-23, 2021 (9-11am) || August 3-6, 2021* (12-2pm) || August 16-20, 2021 (9-11am)
Course Fee: $150, Four-day programs marked with an asterisk (*): $120
With growing concerns surrounding climate change, we must try and understand how the future environment and those organisms within it will be affected and changed. With the advent of covid-19, new light is being shed on the issues of single-use products and the environmental impact this poses. In this course, we will be taking a self-directed study of current methods to change energy consumption and waste, brainstorm new methods of changing group behavior, and investigate processes of managing current waste already produced.

Neurobiology

Date: July 26-30, 2021 (9-11am) || August 9-13, 2021 (12-2pm) || August 23-27, 2021 (9-11am)
Course Fee: $150
The study of the human brain, arguably the most complex organ of the body, is a relatively new discipline in the realm of medicine. In this course, we will learn how the brain works and how much there still is to learn. The brain has shown us how we learn, how our diet affects our mental capacity, and taught us methods to cope with stress. Study the structure of the brain, learn about the important functions of the brain, and investigate how stress affects our learning and memory. Participants will also explore topics in the anatomy behind emotions and other biologically-driven behaviours.

Big-Time Bio-Chem

Date: July 12-16, 2021 (12-2pm) || August 16-20, 2021 (12-2pm)
Course Fee: $150 
Participants will delve into the worlds of biology and chemistry where they’ll explore topics such as supercooling, nucleic acids and antibiotics! They’ll extract DNA, make hot ice, measure pH and much more.

Note: This course was offered online in Summer 2020.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are 4-day weeks.

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, and more.

  • 5-day weeks: $150.00 per week per participant (grade 3 to 12)
  • 4-day weeks: $120.00 per week per participant (grade 3 to 12)

We are doing everything we can to keep our program fees low and accessible. This fee will help us cover our Instructor salaries and include a Camp Kit (gr3-8) or Course Kit (gr9-12).

Which grade group should my child be registered in?

Due to the academic nature of our programs, we recommend participants register for programs based on the grade they will be entering in September 2021.

Who is supporting this program?

Imperial Oillogo.

What is a Camp (gr3-8) and Course (gr9-12) Kit?

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.

This year, we will be providing a Camp/Course Kit that includes all of the materials your student will need for the entire week. We may request that you supply some house-hold items. Please note, Computer Science camps will not have a Camp Kit as all activities will be online.

Common household items that you may need:

 

  • Tableware (ex. Cups, Dishes, etc)
  • Utensils (ex. Fork, Spoon, etc)
  • Cleaning Supplies (ex. Paper Towel, Towels, etc)

 

 

Non-mailable items that you may need:

 

  • Batteries
  • Flammable and Corrosive Materials (ex. Bleach, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, etc)
  • Perishable Food (ex. Eggs, Bananas, etc)

 

 

The Camp/Course Kit and domestic shipping is included with each program. International shipping is an additional $25 for each registration.

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?

Like our in-person programs, we are offering four to five unique camps/programs for each grade section!

Camp runs weekly (4- or 5-days) for two hours daily. All sessions are live and guided by our wonderful team of Instructors and volunteer Counselors. On Monday, Instructors and volunteer Counselors 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. For more information, please click on the appropriate links or email explore@yorku.ca.

July 29, 2021 Update: Now accepting applications. Applications will be assessed on a first come, first serve basis, depending on funding availability.

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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:
 

  • Cancellations made before June 1, 2021 are eligible for a full refund, minus the $15 administration fee per participant per session.
  • Cancellations made three weeks prior to the start of camp and after the Camp/Course Kit has been shipped are eligible for a full refund, minus a $50 administration fee per participant per session.
  • No refunds will be made less than three weeks before the program starts. No refunds will be given for days when a participant is absent and missed days cannot be made up.

Refunds will be given upon written notice of cancellation. If you have any questions about the online workshop or require assistance to join the camp you registered for, 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 an Instructor and volunteer Counselors. On the first day, parent(s)/guardian(s) can join for five minutes to meet the team.

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 younger participants, or those requiring extra help, we recommend a parent/guardian should always be present or 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. As well as assist if participants 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. This is 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 camps or helix@yorku.ca for Grade 9 to 12 programs.