Science Workshops

Are you an elementary teacher who would like to bring fun, hands-on activities to your STEM class?  

Adventures in Engineering and Science at the University of Ottawa offers 17 workshops that are aimed at helping elementary school students understand different subjects in engineering and science, while having fun!  They are designed to fit the Ontario and Quebec curriculum and are led by experienced undergraduate students of the Faculties of Engineering and of Science. Our workshops are tailored for classrooms no bigger than 35 students and are available only in the months of May and June. Please note that registrations for these workshops will open in March 2017.

Cost:
$80 per workshop at your school or $40 per workshop at the uOttawa campus*
(*$120 for Biodiversity at your school or $80 for Biodiversity  at the uOttawa campus)

Bulk Discount:
Workshop prices reduce by $5 per workshop if four or more are ordered for the same day, at the same location

Format:
Our group of dynamic instructors will join you at your school or at the uOttawa campus . A maximum of 35 students enjoy a hands-on workshop lasting 60-75 minutes, related to a specific engineering or science topic.  The teacher is expected to stay in the classroom at all times and complete a short evaluation at the end of the workshop.

How to register:
Pick a workshop that best suits your curriculum and your students’ interests.  Register to book a date and time that works for you.

Register Now!

Codemakers Programming

Scratch Jr
(Gr. 1, 2, 3)
Grade
Topic
Activity Description
1-3
Programming
Using Scratch Jr, students will learn to program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they will learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the iPad.
Note: We will provide the iPads for this workshop, so access to other computers is not necessary.
Hopscotch Sr

(Gr. 7, 8)

GradeTopic
Activity Description
7-8Programming

Students will learn core programming concepts using the program Hopscotch, all while having fun making games, animations and more!  The curriculum is designed for grades 7 to 8. 

Note: We will provide the iPads for this workshop, so access to other computers is not necessary.

Hopscotch Jr

(Gr. 4, 5, 6)

GradeTopicActivity Description
4-6ProgrammingStudents will learn core programming concepts using the program Hopscotch, all while having fun making games, animations and more! Note: We will provide the iPads for this workshop, so access to other computers is not necessary.

Understanding Life Systems

5 Senses

(JK, SK,  Gr. 1)
Discover the five senses and how they interact together to give us an image of the world surrounding us.  Students will investigate their five senses through interactive activities.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

K

Science & Technology

Conduct simple investigations through free exploration, focused exploration, and guided activity, using inquiry skills (questioning, planning, predicting, observing, communicating).

1

Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans.

Human Body

(Gr. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
The human body demystified! With demonstrations and interactive discussions, students will discover the different organ systems that work together to make our body function.  We will talk about the four nutritional groups and how food gives our body energy.  Students will take part in a hands-on demonstration to see the digestive system in action! 

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

5

Human Organ Systems

Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of human body systems and interactions within and between systems.

Crime Scene Investigation

(Gr. 4, 5, 6)
We need your help in solving a mystery! In groups, the students will test different materials found at the scene of the crime. This workshop introduces the study of chemistry and biology of the human body!  

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

5

Properties and Changes in Matter

Conduct investigations that explore the properties of matter and changes in matter.

Wild World

(JK, SK, Gr. 1)
This workshop introduces its participants to biology. There will be interactive demonstrations with a range of topics from life-sized mammalian skulls to understanding the difference between herbivores and carnivores. Hands-on investigation of the physical characteristics of these specimens allows the students to understand how these animals survive in their respective communities.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

K

Science & Technology

Conduct simple investigations through free exploration, focused exploration, and guided activity, using inquiry skills (questioning, planning, predicting, observing, communicating).

1

Needs and Characteristics of Living Things

Investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans.

2

Growth and Changes in Animals

Investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various animals.

Biodiversity

(Gr. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
On your mark, get set, dissect! In this workshop students will get to dissect a specimen themselves!  The students will learn how to safely and properly dissect a specimen in order to understand how its organ systems work together.  They will also learn about  characteristics unique to that creature.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

4

Habitats and Communities

Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities.

6

Biodiversity

Investigate the characteristics of living things, and classify diverse organisms according to specific characteristics.

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

Geared up for Pulley Power

(Gr. 4, 5)
This workshop introduces its participants to gears and pulleys.  Students will design, build, and test a pulley and gear train to lift a heavy load.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

4

Pulleys and Gears

Investigate ways in which pulleys and gears modify the speed and direction of, and the force exerted on, moving objects.

Structures and Mechanisms **NEW**

(Gr. 8)

Investigate structures and mechanisms through a hands-on building activity. In small teams, build a machine that efficiently accomplish challenging tasks using hydraulics systems and simple machines.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

8

Systems in Action

Investigate a working system and the ways in which components of the system contribute to its desired function

Forces and Structures

(Gr. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
In this exciting workshop, students will discover the importance and utility of stability and forces. This workshop will describe the importance of various types of forces and of geometric forms in the construction of buildings. The students will apply their newly acquired knowledge in a building challenge!

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

3

Strong and Stable Structures

Investigate strong and stable structures to determine how their design and materials enable them to perform their load-bearing function.

5

Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms.

7

Form and Function

Design and construct a variety of structures, and investigate the relationship between the design and function of these structures and the forces that act on them.

Understanding Matter and Energy

Energy and Me

 (JK, SK,  Gr. 1)

In this fun interactive workshop, students will discover three different kinds of energy: light, heat and sound. Through hands-on activities and exploration, they will find out how energy is used in our daily life! 

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

K

Science & Technology

Conduct simple investigations through free exploration, focused exploration, and guided activity, using inquiry skills (questioning, planning, predicting, observing, and communicating) to learn about energy in our daily life.

1

Energy in Our Lives

Investigate how different types of energy (light, heat and sound) are used in daily life.

Electricity

(Gr. 5, 6)
How much do you really know about electricity? Electricity is one of the most important resources of our time and yet many of us still don’t know how it works. Through interactive demonstrations and activities, students will be able to discover how electricity can be created and controlled to suit our everyday needs.  Students will get the opportunity to build their very own circuits too.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

6

Electricity and Electrical Devices

Investigate the characteristics of static and current electricity, and construct simple circuits.

Optics and Sounds

 (Gr. 4, 5)
This workshop focuses on introducing children to the fascinating world of lights, sounds and waves. The concepts of refraction, incidence angle and critical angle are demonstrated with the use of laser light passing through different mediums. The study of sound is also introduced with a dynamic activity on vibrations.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

4

Light and Sound

Investigate the characteristics and properties of light and sound.

Chemical Creations

(Gr. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Chemistry is everywhere! Come discover the mystifying world of molecules and atoms. New concepts are taught through a series of fun chemical reactions. The interactive experiments performed will reflect the grade level of your class.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

2

Properties of Liquids and Solids

Investigate the properties of and interactions among liquids and solids.

5

Properties of and Changes in Matter

Conduct investigations that explore the properties of matter and changes in matter.

7

Pure Substances and Mixtures

Investigate the properties and applications of pure substances and mixtures.

Understanding Earth and Space Systems

Rockin’ Geology

(Gr. 4) 
“What is a mineral?”  This presentation will give you the answer and will allow its participants  to explore the unique properties of these solids (crystal form, hardness, cleavage, colour and luminescence). The numerous uses of minerals in society are also described.

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

4

Rocks and Minerals

Investigate, test, and compare the physical properties of rocks and minerals.

Green Conscience

(Gr. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Participants explore the science of global climate change through unique and innovative games and activities.  They then explore the implications of this global issue and discuss how climate change will affect them.  Participants will also construct and race solar powered cars!

Grade

Topic

Overall Expectation

5

Conservation of Energy and Resources

Investigate energy transformation and conservation.

6

Electricity and Electrical Devices

Evaluate the impact of the use of electricity on both the way we live and the environment.

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