York Science Saturdays

YSS

York Science Saturdays are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs available for students in Grade 3-8. Join us for these multi-week programs as we explore topics in STEM through an engaging, interactive, and hands-on approach to learning.

Programs are separated into Junior (grades 3/4/5) and Senior (grades 6/7/8) sections, and will run during the following dates. Students may sign up for multiple programs or only one program at a time. Classes are limited to 20 students, so register early!

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Junior Programs (Grades 3/4/5)

January 11, 18, and 25, 2020 **NEW Dates**

Due to inclement weather, January 11, 2020 was rescheduled to February 1, 2020. January dates are now:

  • January 18, 2020
  • January 25, 2020
  • February 1, 2020

Junior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January’s Science Club will explore the wonderful world of plant biology, physiology, and anatomy. Students will discover how to critically think and analyze everyday chemical substances, and will build and engineer projectile objects to learn fundamental physical laws. Our instructors will lead classes in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Become expert botanists and plant biologists by learning about the physiology, anatomy, and functions of plants, roots, and flowers, while learning about biological classification techniques, hands-on plant dissections, and exploring the micro and macro level of plants.
  • Learn about the field of analytical chemistry by exploring how chemists discover and analyze the identity of unknown chemicals and substances. Students will learn about chemical and physical changes of substances through invisible ink, and about the different states of matter by exploring the properties of dry ice.
  • Design, develop and execute plans to create flying objects and projectiles to learn about the world of physics and engineering, while learning about the physical concepts of lift and force!

Junior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January’s Science Club will cover the subjects of Atomic Models, Biosafety and Genetics, and the physics of Magnetism and Electricity. Participants will be guided by the science instructors to thoroughly examine:

  • The fundamental foundation of chemical and atomic structure, such as the Bohr and Rutherford, models. Through this investigation, students will gain an understanding the particle components of electrons, protons and neutrons.
  • Microbiological concepts of biosafety, microbes, germs, and bacteria, to better understand medical practices of cleanliness during surgery and patient care. Students will also learn about the chemical nature of polymers, and learn about the natural polymer found in our bodies: DNA and chromosomes.
  • The physical world of electromagnetism and electricity and the physical applications of electromagnetism in our everyday lives, such as electric motors, learning about alternating and direct current, and about magnetic fields!

February 1, 8 and 22, 2020

Junior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February Science Club will cover the subjects of Atomic Models, Biosafety and Genetics, and the physics of Magnetism and Electricity. Participants will be guided by the science instructors to thoroughly examine:

  • The fundamental foundation of chemical and atomic structure, such as the Bohr and Rutherford, models. Through this investigation, students will gain an understanding the particle components of electrons, protons and neutrons.
  • Microbiological concepts of biosafety, microbes, germs, and bacteria, to better understand medical practices of cleanliness during surgery and patient care. Students will also learn about the chemical nature of polymers, and learn about the natural polymer found in our bodies: DNA and chromosomes.
  • The physical world of electromagnetism and electricity and the physical applications of electromagnetism in our everyday lives, such as electric motors, learning about alternating and direct current, and about magnetic fields!

Junior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February's Science Club will explore the wonderful world of plant biology, physiology, and anatomy. Students will discover how to critically think and analyze everyday chemical substances, and will build and engineer projectile objects to learn fundamental physical laws. Our instructors will lead classes in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Become expert botanists and plant biologists by learning about the physiology, anatomy, and functions of plants, roots, and flowers, while learning about biological classification techniques, hands-on plant dissections, and exploring the micro and macro level of plants.
  • Learn about the field of analytical chemistry by exploring how chemists discover and analyze the identity of unknown chemicals and substances. Students will learn about chemical and physical changes of substances through invisible ink, and about the different states of matter by exploring the properties of dry ice.
  • Design, develop and execute plans to create flying objects and projectiles to learn about the world of physics and engineering, while learning about the physical concepts of lift and force!

Senior Programs (Grades 6/7/8)

January 11, 18, and 25, 2020 **NEW Dates**

Due to inclement weather, January 11, 2020 was rescheduled to February 1, 2020. January dates are now:

  • January 18, 2020
  • January 25, 2020
  • February 1, 2020

Senior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January's Science Club will focus on subjects in Human Biology and Anatomy, Fluid Characteristics and Dynamics, and Harnessing Potential Energy. Our instructors will lead the groups of students in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Harness the power of gravity and potential energy to design water wheels that explore the concept of energy and electricity production. Participants will learn about the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy, and learn about the physics of energy conservation.
  • Learn about liquids and explore the chemistry and dynamics of fluids. Students will learn about the properties of different fluids, such as density, and will also learn about the practical applications of fluids in everyday life such as photocopier ink, fluid separation, and miscibility/immiscibility.
  • Become doctors-in-training and learn about the different systems in the body, particularly the nervous system and skeletal system. Participants will explore the structure of bones and learn how bones are formed and function, as well as the brain and spinal system. Students will also apply their knowledge in diagnosing a patient, as they become a doctor for a day!

Senior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
January's Science Club will explore topics in Sustainable Living, Neutralization of Acids and Bases, and Forces and Tensions for Structural Design. With the assistance of knowledgeable instructors, students will:

  • Design, develop, and build a prototype of a sustainable house while learning about the water and carbon cycles, carbon footprints, and create a deeper appreciation for sustainable living, recycling, reducing, and reusing.
  • Learn about the practical applications of acids, bases, and the pH scale through the experimentation and exploration of acid-base neutralizations. Students will also learn about chemical indicators and how they can be used by chemists and researchers to better understand chemical substances.
  • Explore the tension, forces, and construction process to create safe and structurally sound buildings and towers. Students will develop plans to create a tower that will have to sustain shearing and tension forces, to ensure that their tower does not tip over!

February 1, 8 and 22, 2020

Senior - Science Club (Theme D)
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February's Science Club will explore topics in Sustainable Living, Neutralization of Acids and Bases, and Forces and Tensions for Structural Design. With the assistance of knowledgeable instructors, students will:

  • Design, develop, and build a prototype of a sustainable house while learning about the water and carbon cycles, carbon footprints, and create a deeper appreciation for sustainable living, recycling, reducing, and reusing.
  • Learn about the practical applications of acids, bases, and the pH scale through the experimentation and exploration of acid-base neutralizations. Students will also learn about chemical indicators and how they can be used by chemists and researchers to better understand chemical substances.
  • Explore the tension, forces, and construction process to create safe and structurally sound buildings and towers. Students will develop plans to create a tower that will have to sustain shearing and tension forces, to ensure that their tower does not tip over!

Senior - Science Club (Theme C)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm || Course Fee: $195.00 || Limited to 20 students
February's Science Club will focus on subjects in Human Biology and Anatomy, Fluid Characteristics and Dynamics, and Harnessing Potential Energy. Our instructors will lead the groups of students in hands-on interactive lessons where you will:

  • Harness the power of gravity and potential energy to design water wheels that explore the concept of energy and electricity production. Participants will learn about the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy, and learn about the physics of energy conservation.
  • Learn about liquids and explore the chemistry and dynamics of fluids. Students will learn about the properties of different fluids, such as density, and will also learn about the practical applications of fluids in everyday life such as photocopier ink, fluid separation, and miscibility/immiscibility.
  • Become doctors-in-training and learn about the different systems in the body, particularly the nervous system and skeletal system. Participants will explore the structure of bones and learn how bones are formed and function, as well as the brain and spinal system. Students will also apply their knowledge in diagnosing a patient, as they become a doctor for a day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child bring electronic devices?

Please note that we encourage students 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 program 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.

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.