Online March Break Workshops

Two children examining flask experiments.

Available to students in grades 3-8, our online March Break Workshops explore topics in STEM through engaging and interactive experiments, with a hands-on approach to learning.

Each workshop will be live, guided and will allow participants to be involved in hands-on activities with a specially made STEM Activity Bag that includes FREE domestic shipping. When possible, workshops are separated into Junior (grades 3/4/5) and Senior (grades 6/7/8) sections.

Get discounts when registering for multiple workshops!

  • Register for 1 workshop and pay $45.00
  • Register for 3 workshops and pay $40.00 each and save 11%!
  • Register for 5+ workshops and pay $30.00 each and save 33%!

Please note that some workshops have been featured in our Fall/Winter Workshops, and has been indicated below.


 

 

Workshop Descriptions

Monday, March 14 Workshops

Morning
(10:00am to 11:30am)
Build a Rollercoaster

Learn the ups and downs of kinetic and potential energy as you investigate the relationship between the design and function of structures, and play with the forces that act upon them. 
* Completed in the Fall Amusement Park Workshops

Early Afternoon
(12:30pm to 2:00pm)
Shimmering Magnets

Investigate magnetic attraction and repulsion as you build a tower and magically move your creature without touching it!
* Completed in the Junior Scientist II Workshops

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Fibre Optic Constellations

Combine your love of circuits with your passion for astronomy to create an illuminated constellation board using fibre optic cables!
* Completed in the Fall Scientist-in-Training Workshops

Tuesday, March 15 Workshops

Morning
(10:00am to 11:30am)
First Aid Treatments: X-Rays and Casts

Become a radiologic technologist in a veterinary clinic to help diagnose foreign bodies in various animals! Learn how x-rays work as a diagnostic technique, and then choose a friend to practice your cast-making skills on. 

Early Afternoon
(12:30pm to 2:00pm)
Messy Science: Invisible Ink & Non-Newtonian Fluid

Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? Defy Newton’s Law of Viscosity by mixing your own non-Newtonian fluid! Then turn the tables as you become a secret agent and concoct new chemical formulas to use in your inked secret messages.
* Completed in the Fall Scientist-in-Training Workshops

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
DNA Extraction

Turn your desk into a science lab as you chemically extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from various substances. Learn about the function of DNA, its structure, and the difference between polar and non-polar compounds. 

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Electromagnetic Motor

From the teeniest toys to the most towering cranes, motors are prolifically used in our world. Explore the useful intersection of electricity and magnetism by assembling your own electromagnetic motor and understand how these important machines work.
* Completed in the Fall Force Fields Workshops

Wednesday, March 16 Workshops

Morning
(10:00am to 11:30am)
Magnetic Levitation

It looks like magic, but it’s actually the power of magnets! Learn how magnetic suspension is used in high speed trains, and then apply those concepts to create a levitating device of your own.
* Completed in the Fall Force Fields Workshops

Early Afternoon
(12:30pm to 2:00pm)
Sea Turtle Navigation

How are magnets and sea turtles connected? In this workshop, explore how sea turtles and other migratory animals use the Earth’s magnetic fields to navigate back to the place they were born.
* Completed in the Winter Aquatic Engineering Workshops

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Conductive LED Card

Let your inner artist shine as you design and create your own light-up LED greeting card! Learn about electricity and circuits, and discover how prevalent they are in our lives.
* Recommended for grades 5 to 8
* Completed in the Fall Mad Scientist Workshops

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Scratch Machine Learning

Learn about supervised algorithms in artificial intelligence. Using Scratch coding software, create your own chatbot and train your AI to respond to positive and negative sentiments.
* Experience with computers is recommended

Thursday, March 17 Workshops

Morning
(10:00am to 11:30am)
Gyroscopic Yo-Yo

In aircraft, gyroscopic principles are used to inform pilots where the aircraft is relative to Earth. Let’s examine these principles to build another type of device that manipulates gravity into doing cool tricks: Our very own yo-yo!
* Completed in the Fall Mad Scientists Workshops.

Early Afternoon
(12:30pm to 2:00pm)
DNA Extraction

Turn your desk into a science lab as you chemically extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from various substances. Learn about the function of DNA, its structure, and the difference between polar and non-polar compounds.

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Balloon Hovercraft

In this aerodynamics and hydrodynamics science workshop, you will build your own mini hovercraft. Through various testing conditions, you will determine how to make your device stay afloat the longest.
* Completed in the Winter Mad Scientist II Workshops

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Lava Lamp

Join us in this mesmerizing workshop to create your own heat-less chemical lava lamps, while learning how the scientific principles of density and polarity make these machines so enchanting.
* Recommended for grades 3 to 6
* Completed in the Winter Junior Scientists II Workshops

Friday, March 18 Workshops

Morning
(10:00am to 11:30am)
Conductive LED Card

Let your inner artist shine as you design and create your own light-up LED greeting card! Learn about electricity and circuits, and discover how prevalent they are in our lives.
* Recommended for grades 5 to 8
* Completed in the Fall Mad Scientist Workshops

Early Afternoon
(12:30pm to 2:00pm)
My Robotic Friend

Get ready to laugh as you learn how computers think! Teach your Robotic Friend how to make a sandwich and examine how computational thinking goes into everyday life. More advanced students will write instructions in coding syntax.

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Crazy Candy Corals

Investigate the importance of coral reefs to ocean environments, and explore the relationship between corals and zooxanthellae. Then use delicious candy to build the different structures of your very own coral reef!
* Recommended for grades 3 to 5
* Completed in the Winter Science of the Sea Workshops

Late Afternoon
(3:00pm to 4:30pm)
Python Mad Libs

Delve into the world of coding syntax to program your own Mad Libs game using Python coding language. Suitable for beginners, with additional challenges for more advanced coders.
* Experience with computers is recommended

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost and how do I register?

Each workshop costs $45.00, and you will receive a 1.5-hour live session and a STEM Activity Bag with free Domestic Shipping included.

Get discounts when registering for multiple workshops:

  • Register for 1 workshop and pay $45.00
  • Register for 3 workshops and pay $40.00 each and save 11%!
  • Register for 5+ workshops and pay $30.00 each and save 33%!

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 Confirmation Email after registration with more information including the Zoom link(s), Zoom Setup, Self-Supplied Materials (if applicable) 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.

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 more than fourteen days before the program starts and before the STEM Kit has been shipped are eligible for a full refund, minus the $15 administration fee per participant per session.
  • No refunds will be made once the STEM Kit has been shipped.
  • No refunds will be made less than fourteen days before the program starts.

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.

Do you offer discounts?

 
We are currently offering a Refer-A-Friend promotion.

Share our Online March Break Workshops 2022 with your friends, and if they register, you will both earn a $10.00 credit off your next registration in our 2022 programs! Just ask them to name you as their referrer when they register.

  • Referred registrants must be new to Science Engagement Programs.
  • You cannot nominate your own children.
  • Coupon Codes will be emailed to successful recipients by March 31, 2022.

Did you know that 94% of our students would recommend our programs to their friends?

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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