York Science Saturdays

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Registration for Fall 2022 Programs open now!

York Science Saturdays are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs available for students in Grade 3-8. Join us for these full-day 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 15 students, so register early!

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Junior Programs (Grades 3 to 5)

Saturday, October 15: Mini-Robotics
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
Explore the world of robotics! Mini-Robotics is a beginner-level program to learn about the basics of robotics and programming. Join us as we investigate how circuits are integral to robotics and design, build and investigate simple machines to create your own circuit-bot, and learn the fundamentals of computer programming with colour coding Ozobots!

Saturday, October 22: Chemical Creations
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
Let's get messy with chemistry! Students will be immersed in the world of chemical reactions to create their own concoctions. Learn about proper handling of chemicals as we investigate acid-base reactions to create Sherbet Punch, bubble with excitement as we bust out our exothermic reactions in Cauldron Chemistry, investigate the sugar content in different sodas and juices we drink, and more!

Saturday, October 29: The Human Body
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
The human body is a wondrous creation, which baffles the mind with its intricacies. In the Human Body program, students will explore what makes us human, from extracting and modelling DNA to building a life-size map of the body. Learn the different roles each system plays, and how they work together to keep us healthy.

Saturday, November 5: Wildlife Conservation
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
The globalization of our world has had many benefits, but has also resulted in many losses to global biodiversity. In our Wildlife Conservation session students will learn about the resiliency of animals and how they have adapted to this changing world, while challenging them to think towards the future of conservation efforts. Explore experiments about long-distance navigation in Sea Turtles, adaptions of arctic animals, and the role magnetism plays in the life of butterflies.

Senior Programs (Grades 6 to 8)

Saturday, October 15: Molecular Chemistry
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
Students will be introduced to the many practical and interesting aspects of chemistry in our Molecular Chemistry session. From building and examining molecular structures to investigating crystallization patterns, students' interest will be piqued in these hands-on experiments to explore chemical concepts.

Saturday, October 22: Intro to Genetics
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
Dive into the world of genes and heredity with our Intro to Genetics session. Investigate how genes are passed from generation to generation, learn how meiosis contributes to variations in species, explore the concept of probability with Punnet Squares, and more!

Saturday, October 29: Infectious Diseases
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
Explore the science of epidemiology and viruses in our Infectious Diseases session. Students will learn how viruses infect humans and the ways the human body fights off viruses. Build a virion to solidify your knowledge of viruses, and investigate the specificity of viral vectors for target cells in gene therapy delivery methods.

Saturday, November 5: Space Science
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm || Course Fee: $100.00 || Limited to 15 students
Join us on a journey to space! Together, we will explore the feasibility of space travel through investigation of the chemical processes of carbon dioxide to design and build an air-recycling system and a water heating system. Apply your knowledge of circuits to create an illuminated fibre optic constellation, and much more!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child bring electronic devices?

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 cancellation policy?

Cancellations made 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program are eligible for a full refund, minus a $15 administration fee, per child, per course. Refunds will be given upon written notice of cancellation. No refunds will be made after the 14 calendar day deadline. No refunds will be given for days when a participant is absent and missed days cannot be made up.