It’s already Easter this weekend and, while we may only be getting our first glimpse of spring across the region, many of us are already well into planning mode for the kids summer activities.
MIDAS is all about encouraging, promoting and fostering youth interest and participation in all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (Design) and Maths! In that spirit, we thought it helpful to put together a list of possible STEM summer camps specializing in fun science and innovation for kids of all ages.
First off, though, as these programs tend to be in larger centres, we do want to encourage you to take a tour of MIDAS (weekly tours every Thursday, 6-7pm) for you and your older children to see all that’s possible right here in your own backyard! While we don’t have any formal youth programming, we are happy to show you a little of the magic that goes on inside our doors helping local folk with great ideas bring them to fruition.
Anything is possible here at MIDAS and inspiration abounds! Contact us for more information.
Meantime, below we’ve compiled a list of summer camps and programming throughout the province as well as into Alberta to help you find a fun and innovative program that fits with your summer travel plans:
Engineering for Kids – Victoria and Calgary: a series of fun engineering camps designed to supplement and enhance your child’s existing curriculum. These programs build upon what your child already knows in order to consolidate his or her knowledge, learning through discovery in a fun and engaging environment.
At Engineering For Kids, the camps are carefully structured to provide your child with the enrichment he or she needs to expand their knowledge and experience in innovation and technology, but also to learn valuable skills that translate to real life.
In addition to their longer programs, holiday break camps are available. Contact Engineering for Kids for more information.
Geering Up Engineering & Science for Kids – UBC (various locations): For the past 20 years, Geering Up has brought STEM (science, engineering, technology & math) camps to youth across B.C. These hands-on camps offer an exciting and engaging mix of exploration, demonstrations, tours, mentorship, and design challenges. Conducted by experienced university students with a passion for their field of study, these camps offer up terrific opportunities for inquiry-based learning.
These week long camps run 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and are offered in Vancouver, Surrey and UBC Okanagan in Kelowna.
If you have a daughter interested in getting more involved in STEAM, Geering Up offers a Girls Only! Week, July 23-27, in Vancouver. Geering Up makes part of it’s mission to bring science and engineering to groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM and this Girls Only! is a terrific opportunity for girls, grades 2-12, to enjoy discovering and exploring their love of science and engineering in a safe, non-threatening environment with like-minded innovators.
STEM Learning Lab – Calgary & Kelowna: If you’re spending time in Calgary or Kelowna this summer consider one of the camps in this incredible range of programs offering hands-on, creative exploration opportunities enabling a lot of tinkering, technology and fun!
From design and robotics to app development and drones, making and coding and a whole lot more, there is a huge selection of inspirational and engaging courses to choose from at a variety of locations.
TechUpKids – Vancouver: this organization began with the goal to get kids excited about coding. Fundamental to the vision behind the program is helping kids transition from simply being consumers of technology to actually creating it. In a fun and enriching environment, TechUpKids uses experiential learning to develop code and explore kid friendly programming tools, such as Scratch.
Through hands-on activities and exploration, the program relies on group as well well as individual work expanding children’s understanding of programming and what goes into creating effective code.
Interactive and fun, these week-long programs have been designed to expose the children to concepts of programming, how instructions flow through a program, understanding the difference between efficient and inefficient code, concept of testing and debugging programs and understanding the importance of a user interface.
EUReKA! – Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops: A non-profit, student-run organization based out of Thompson Rivers University this program works increase elementary students’ interest in and excitement in science and engineering. Their summer camps emphasize fun, challenging, hands-on, problem solving activities.
Designed for kids aged 7-13, these week long, fun filled science camps provide an interactive experience that includes demonstrations, hands-on activities, group activities, building projects, university tours, outdoor activities, and games. Areas of science covered include: biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and technology. In addition to the full array of hands-on science activities, there’s also an explosion-filled chemistry magic show and to finish, the added bonus of a mass water fight!
Q Academy – Victoria: Here’s the perfect camp for your aspiring coder, gaming enthusiast or artist! These programs allow for your child to not only learn hard and fast, real world computer skills, but also work with some of the leading and best within the industry and also come away with an actual Q Academy Camp Certificate.
From Minecraft to coding to Adobe Photoshop to creating a computer with the Raspberry Pi, these week-long courses provide experience and skill that have real-world application. There are introductory courses as well as programs that further build on initial skills.