SciX Summer Camp (Grades 3-8)

Please note that we take the health and safety of our Science Engagement Programs community very seriously. Towards that end and under the guidance of the University, we regret to inform you that we must cancel this year’s in-person summer camps. All refunds will be made to the original payment method. Please allow up to 14 business days.

Full statement here: bit.ly/SU2020Statement

We are excited to offer online programs for students in grade 3 to 12! For more information about the Online Summer Programs or to sign up for our Newsletter, click below.

We hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this period and hope to see your camper soon.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please email us at explore@yorku.ca

SciX Instructors

Science Explorations Summer Day Camp are week-long camps during the months of July and August. Campers explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through hands-on and exciting experiments as connected to the Ontario Science Curriculum. Camps are developed and taught by undergraduate/graduate science or engineering students, Teacher Candidates, or Ontario Certified Teachers. Our camps take place at the York University Keele campus from 9:00am to 4:00pm every day.

Summer 2020 Camps

Grade 3/4 Camps

Code with Kids! Eco-Bots
Date: June 29-July 3, 2020* || August 4-7, 2020* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $275.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Campers will explore topics in ecology and environmental science through the lenses of computer science and robotics. They will develop the hardware and software for robots that can tell us valuable information about the climate, and then use software to statistically analyze their data.

Note: No camp on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

Explosion Camp
Date: July 6-10, 2020 || July 27-31, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Hold on to your brain and burst into the aweSTEM world of science at EXPLOSION camp! Campers will be engaged in topics such as chemical reactions, natural disasters, supernova explosions and others. Campers will create their own erupting volcanoes, engineer bottle rockets, develop elephant toothpaste, and more. Put on your safety science cap and join us for a week that will blow your mind!

Adventures in Space
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 10-14, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Launch your ideas into infinity and beyond as we learn about the far reaches of space and make our very own constellation cards! Campers will examine technologies that help humans in space, build their own robotic arm (Canadarm), learn how to suvive in space, and more. From saving astronauts to creating craters, campers at Adventures in Space will be engaged in all things astronomy.

Animal Kingdom
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Join us as we become animal specialists for the week! From bees to bonobos, campers will explore topics in wildlife to veterinary science including Darwin’s journey through the Galapagos Islands, the importance of bees in our everyday lives, how to examine x-rays and more! Campers will also explore the wide variety of habitats and ecosystems in which plants and animals live, paying particular attention to the interdependence of life on factors such as the food chain, the water cycle, and the environment.

CSI: Camp Scene Investigation
Date: August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
CSI: Camp Scene Investigation focuses on a number of scientific investigation techniques which campers will utilize in order to solve crimes and piece together clues regarding various cases. They will examine the basics of forensic science through the exploration of blood spatter analysis, human anatomy, paper chromatography, fingerprinting, and much more while developing an understanding of what makes CSI possible, useful, and exciting!

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

Grade 5/6 Camps

Mad Scientist Lab
Date: June 29-July 3, 2020* || August 4-7, 2020* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $275.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Explore the world of Frankenstein as we take a deep dive into laboratory procedures and experiments. Campers will get the chance to test chemical reactions, defy physics, and explore human biology. Join the madness that is STEM by examining mysterious mixtures, creating elephant toothpaste, playing with polymer worms, and more! Our campers will learn what it takes to be a TRUE Mad Scientist!

Note: No camp on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

Animals and Veterinary Science
Date: July 6-10, 2020 || July 27-31, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
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 cast modeling to exploring life cycles of different animals, campers will be engaged in all things animal.

Code with Kids! Cryptography
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 10-14, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Explore the world of cryptography by learning how to secure important information, whether that’s done by ancient ciphers, secret codes, complex encryption machines, or modern-day computer security. Campers will learn about the math, statistics, and computer science that people have used throughout history to keep information safe.

Neuroscience: Meet the Mind
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
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!

Spectacular Structures
Date: August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
This camp focuses on the variety of structures humanity uses for different purposes, with focus on physics, architecture, and engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Campers will explore one of the fastest-growing industries in the modern world in a number of exciting and engaging ways, inspiring campers to build on their innate curiosity.

CheMystery: Understanding the Chemical Building Blocks
Date: August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
During this week, campers will learn about some of the mysteries behind every day phenomena involving chemistry. Inquiry-based learning will be integral in having campers solve the mysteries behind chemical reactions and their resulting effects, uses, and impacts on society. They will explore a wide variety of topics including pH measurements, how to neutralize stomach acid, invisible ink, and how to distinguish between different chemicals.

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

Grade 7/8 Camps

Aquatic Engineering
Date: June 29-July 3, 2020* || August 4-7, 2020* || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $275.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Put on your captain’s hat and get ready for a week of nautical fun! From marine life to submarines, explore the science of everything to do with water through hands-on activities such as engineering a boat, learning about the dangers of too much H20, and more. This camp has something for everyone eager to traverse the high seas!

Note: No camp on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Date: July 6-10, 2020 || July 27-31, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Come explore the fantastic landscapes of the known universe at this stellar camp! From constellations to intergalactic travel, campers will take a journey through the galaxy by investigating angular momentum, designing their own starship, taking a trip to the York University Observatory and more!

Mini-Med 1.0
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 10-14, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Try your hand at being a doctor for the week! Through the investigation of techniques related to the medical profession, including cast making, injections, and first aid, campers will be introduced to the many practical and interesting aspects of the medical profession. This camp will explore human anatomy, the many systems of the body, and a wide variety of biological and chemical concepts that will help prepare campers who are interested in the field of medicine.

Extreme Engineering
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Campers will explore many of the most advanced and interesting machines in the world today, including submarines, oil rigs, carriers, and roller coasters. Through the investigation of some of the largest created human-made machines on Earth, campers will focus on some of the most important physics and engineering concepts through hands-on learning consistent with the Ontario Science Curriculum.

Code with Kids! Mathematical Computation
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || August 24-28, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
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. They will use software such as graphing calculators and machine learning algorithms to create mathematical models and visualize large sets of data.

Marine Biology
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Join us as we take a journey through marine biology: the study of aquatic plant and animal life! Campers will dive into the world of lakes and oceans, investigating techniques in marine biology, exploring oceanography, aquatic sea life, and more! We will also learn about the effects of climate change and how it affects aquatic sea life and ocean life due to the change in ocean currents, melting glaciers and icecaps, and algae blooms. Campers will gain a better understanding and appreciation of aquatic marine biology, an entirely different world on this same planet of ours.

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

All-Girls Camps

Biophysics of Physical Therapy (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 13-17, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
The body is an amazing machine from head to toe! Explore the mechanics of the body by taking an in-depth look into techniques people use to achieve human excellence. From homeostasis to medical injuries, campers will explore how athletes push the physical limits of the human body and how physical therapy helps in the prevention, enhancement, and restoration of movement and physical function.

Spectacular Structures (Grade 5/6)
Date: July 20-24, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
This camp focuses on the variety of structures humanity uses for different purposes, with focus on physics, architecture, and engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Campers will explore one of the fastest-growing industries in the modern world in a number of exciting and engaging ways, inspiring campers to build on their innate curiosity.

Mini-Med 1.0 (Grade 7/8)
Date: August 17-21, 2020 || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
Try your hand at being a doctor for the week! Through the investigation of techniques related to the medical profession, including cast making, injections, and first aid, campers will be introduced to the many practical and interesting aspects of the medical profession. This camp will explore human anatomy, the many systems of the body, and a wide variety of biological and chemical concepts that will help prepare campers who are interested in the field of medicine.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Grade 7/8)
Date: TBD || Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Course Fee: $325.00 || Before and After-Care Available
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. Join us as we learn the four stages involved when medication is taken, and explore the different types of medications available.

Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the All-Girls Pharmaceutical Chemistry will be rescheduled to a different date. Please email us at explore@yorku.ca if you are interested in this camp and we will contact you once a date has been confirmed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

1. Online : All registration is to be completed online using our online system. Your spot will be reserved upon receipt of payment.

  • 5-day weeks: $325.00 per week per camper
  • 4-day weeks: $275.00 per week per camper

2. After-Camp Care: We offer extended care from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for an additional $30 for the entire week.

Where are you located?

Now easily accessible via the TTC York University subway station!

SciX camps are located on the York University Keele Campus at Keele and Steeles. Exact room location is provided in the Welcome Package after registration.

What is your Before and After Camp Care?

All of our camps are one week in length. Camp runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with free before and after camp care. Drop-off is from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, and pick-up is between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Extended after-care from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm is available for a fee of $30 per week. We ask parents to arrive at extended after-care on time.

Before and after camp care is supervised, unscheduled time. Science magazines, books, puzzles, and games are available for campers.

What does the daily schedule look like?

A typical day consists of 2 to 4 experiments and activities. There are two 15-minute breaks (morning and afternoon) and lunch is between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

Each Friday afternoon, we have a Parent Showcase, where campers present their weekly projects and experiments to family, friends, and other camp classes.

Lunch is not provided, and will be held outdoors, weather permitting. We recommend using ice packs for your child's lunch, as we do not have the facilities to refrigerate lunches.

Allergies are an increasing concern, particularly nut allergies. We do implement a nut-safe lunch policy for the safety of our campers. We ask that you pack nut-free lunches for all campers.

Can my child bring electronic devices?

Please note that we encourage campers to leave all electronic game devices at home, as we are not responsible if they are lost. If your child carries a cell phone with them, we ask that it be put on vibrate during camp hours.

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.

Applications will be accepted when registration opens. The deadline to apply for a Summer 2020 Bursary is April 15, 2020. After the deadline, applications will be assessed on a first come, first serve basis, depending on funding availability.

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations made 21 calendar days prior to the start of the program are eligible for a full refund, minus a $75 administration fee per child, per course. Refunds will be given upon written notice of cancellation. No refunds will be made after the 21 calendar day deadline. No refunds will be given for days when a participant is absent and missed days cannot be made up.