Online Summer Science Program (Grade 3 to 12)

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Summer 2022 online registration is now open!

Engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) 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 2022 Science Online Programs

Grade 3/4 Camps

STEM Camp: Einstein Explorers

Date: July 4-8, 2022 || August 2-5, 2022* || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Join Einstein Explorers as they exercise their inventive and scientific minds through the world of STEM. Explore the properties of non-Newtonian fluid, practice quantitative vs. qualitative analysis in simple solutions, construct an operating skeletal hand, and much more! Activities include: Quicksand Experiment, Skeleton Hand, Balancing Mobile, and more!

Candy Science

Date: July 11-15, 2022 || August 8-12, 2022 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Explore the sweet side of science in our Candy Science camp! Construct an entirely edible soil layer model, use candy to examine the double helix structure of DNA, analyze the various colours in your favourite candies using chromatography and more.

STEM Camp: Curious Curies

Date: July 18-22, 2022 || August 15-19, 2022 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Come along with our Curious Curies as they explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through an array of exciting activities. Concoct colour changing slime, investigate the surface tension of milk, paint with pigments derived from plants, and much more!

Animal Adaptations

Date: July 25-29, 2022 || August 22-26, 2022 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Explore the methods living creatures use to survive in their environments in our Animal Adaptations summer camp! From the comparative analysis of beak structures, to learning about the concept of mimicry in organisms, campers will be immersed in a variety of fun activities. Activities include: Feathered Foragers, Magnificent Mimicry, Talking without Words, and more!

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

Grade 5/6 Camps

Extreme Elements

Date: July 4-8, 2022 || August 2-5, 2022* || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Enter a world of weather in our Extreme Elements camp. Explore the concept of density in liquids while creating a rainbow, engineer a dam to withstand the elements, assemble a tornado in a bottle, and much more!

Wizardry Science

Date: July 11-15, 2022 || August 8-12, 2022 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Put a spell on science in our Wizardry Science camp! Construct an illuminating wand using circuits, use magnetism to make a feather levitate, explore dichotomous keys using flavourful jellybeans and more!

Medieval Science

Date: July 18-22, 2022 || August 15-19, 2022 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Explore the contraptions of medieval times in our Medieval Science summer camp! Engineer a working catapult, whip up a foaming dragon, construct an intricate stained-glass window design, and much more!

Flavour Lab

Date: July 25-29, 2022 || August 22-26, 2022 || Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Course Fee: $150
Get a taste for the different areas in food science with our Flavour Lab camp! Use molecular gastronomy techniques to create gummy noodles, layer lollipops according to their sugar content, concoct a lemonade that changes colour with pH levels, and much more!

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

Grade 7/8 Camps

Intro to Genetics

Date: July 4-8, 2022 || August 2-5, 2022* || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Dive into the world of genes and heredity with our Intro to Genetics summer camp. Construct a DNA model, explore the concept of probability with Punnet Squares, investigate heredity using pasta, and more!

Magical Microbes

Date: July 11-15, 2022 || August 8-12, 2022 || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150
Learn why microscopic organisms are such a big deal in Magical Microbes! Investigate the types of fungi that reside on fruit, learn about viral packaging of genetic material, make your own Agar plates, and more!

Body Systems

Date: July 18-22, 2022 || August 15-19, 2022 || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150
Explore the mechanisms of the human body in our Body Systems camp! Learn about the transmission of signals in our nervous system, construct a moving muscle model to learn about the musculoskeletal system, test out a spirometer to learn about the respiratory system, and much more!

Crazy Contraptions

Date: July 25-29, 2022 || August 22-26, 2022 || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150
Exercise your engineering skills with our Crazy Contraptions camp! Construct an electromagnet pick-up stick, build a balloon-powered car, design an extending grabber, and more!

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

Grade 9 to 12 Programs

Exploring Enzymes

Date: July 4-8, 2022 || August 2-5, 2022* || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $120
Learn all about essential proteins in our Exploring Enzymes science summer course! From catalase activity in yeast to the effect of lipase on milk, each activity will explore a new aspect of enzymes. We will explore the following enzymes: catalase, lipase, bromelain, and more!

Cosmetic Chemistry

Date: July 11-15, 2022 || August 8-12, 2022 || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150
Explore the importance of the chemical balance in everyday products in our Cosmetic Chemistry science course! Examine the effect of emollients, analyze the pH levels of shampoo and soap samples, investigate the chemistry of bath salts, and much more!

Mission to Mars

Date: July 18-22, 2022 || August 15-19, 2022 || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150
Join us as we explore space in our Mission to Mars course! From conducting a rocket launch to calculating its trajectory and designing an air- recycling system, students will be immersed in an array of stimulating activities.

Infection and Immunity

Date: July 25-29, 2022 || August 22-26, 2022 || Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Course Fee: $150
Investigate the science of diseases in our Infection and Immunity summer science course! Make your own hand sanitizer, learn about herd immunity and how vaccines work, explore the efficacy of disinfectants, and much more!

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

Frequently Asked Questions

General

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 2022.

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 STEM Kit (gr3-8) or Course Kit (gr9-12).

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

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 STEM/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 STEM 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 STEM/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 unique themes for each grade section!

Each camp/course 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 the first day, 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.

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. To that end:

  • Cancellations made before June 1, 2022 are eligible for a full refund, minus the $15 administration fee per participant per session.
  • Cancellations made after June 1, 2022 and three weeks prior to the start of camp are eligible for a full refund, minus the $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 program 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.