NEW: Online Summer 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 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 using materials you have at home or can purchase for minimal costs.

Note: Several of our Online Program offerings are modified from previous years' in-person 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 2020 Online Programs

Grade 3/4 Camps

Code with Kids! Digital Literacy
Date: July 6-10, 2020 || August 4-7, 2020* || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $40 || Set-Up Instructions will be sent after registration
In Code with Kids! Digital Literacy, participants will learn valuable computer skills that are critical in the digital world. We’ll explore computer safety, digital footprint, basic coding, and have fun working in Scratch!

Note: This is a modified version of our in-person Code with Kids! Digital Literacy camp from Summer 2019. If you attended last year, we recommend that you do not sign up for the online version.

Active Anatomy
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 10-14, 2020 || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
Join us in learning about the body and the wonders behind how we move! Participants will learn about muscles and nerves through building their own arm model. They’ll also learn how their heart rate adapts to the stress of exercise and practice mindfulness in the context of active living.

Mysterious Mixtures
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
Delve into the mysterious nature of chemistry! Participants will make their own crystals, craft edible models of DNA and build a volcano!

Animal Kingdom
Date: July 27-31, 2020 || August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
Join our exploration into the wilderness! Participants will discover how scientists view the natural world and learn ways to classify all types of animals. They’ll also get to craft their own bird feeder and food chain based upon with the knowledge of animal classification.

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

Grade 5/6 Camps

Climate Catastrophes
Date: July 6-10, 2020 || August 4-7, 2020* || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50 , Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $40 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
In Climate Catastrophes, participants will explore natural and human-made disasters from a science perspective. Discussions and activities include, but are not limited to, cleaning up oil spills, measuring atmospheric pressure, and exploring the delicate nature of biodomes.

Science of Sound
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 10-14, 2020 || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
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!

Awesome Astronomy
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
Take a look into the skies and learn about the stars! Participants will learn about constellations, be challenged to craft a lunar lander, and have the chance to build their own telescope.

Code with Kids! Astounding Arduino
Date: July 27-31, 2020 || August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || Set-Up Instructions will be sent after registration
Be captivated by the applications of Arduino! Participants will learn all about Arduino, basic coding skills in C++, and gain experience working with circuits and electricity.

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

Grade 7/8 Camps

Body Biology
Date: July 6-10, 2020 || August 4-7, 2020* || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50, Four-day camps marked with an asterisk (*): $40 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
Participants will take a journey into the science of the body, learning about human biology while making models of lungs and bones! They’ll also get the opportunity to learn about medical procedures and gain valuable first-aid skills.

Marvelous Mechanics
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 10-14, 2020 || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
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.

Code with Kids! Mathematical Computation
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || Set-Up Instructions will be sent after registration
At Code with Kids! Mathematical Computation, campers will use and develop software to help them gain an intuitive understanding of a wide range of advanced topics in math including Calculus, Graph Theory, and Number Theory.

Note: This is a modified version of our in-person Code with Kids! Mathematical Computation camp for Summer 2020.

Molecular Gastronomy
Date: July 27-31, 2020 || August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
Discover the applications of the science behind foods! Participants will learn about heat transfer through preparing their own Slurpees! They’ll also learn about the effects of acidic environments through pickling vegetables.

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

Grade 9 to 12 Programs

Python I
Date: July 6-10, 2020 || August 4-7, 2020* || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50, Four-day programs marked with an asterisk (*): $40 || Set-Up Instructions will be sent after registration
Step into the world of code where we’ll learn the basics of Python, including: loops, functions, and some mathematical computation. By the end, participants will be able to write their own text-based adventure! Don’t worry, there won’t be any snakes!

Python II
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 10-14, 2020 || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || 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.

Chemical Cuisine
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
Participants will explore the delectable science behind some of their favourite foods! They’ll have the chance to learn about emulsification and fermentation and be able to make their own tasty treats like ice cream and Dalgona coffee.

Big-Time Bio-Chem
Date: July 27-31, 2020 || August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Course Fee: $50 || List of required materials will be sent after registration
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.

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, Required Materials and more!.

  • 5-day weeks: $50.00 per week per participant (grade 3 to 12)
  • 4-day weeks: $40.00 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 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?

Like our in-person programs, we are offering four 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. On Monday, 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.

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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.

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 camps or helix@yorku.ca for Grade 9 to 12 programs.