Summer camps for kids

Are your children interested in participating in fun, hands-on engineering and science projects in real university labs? Do you want to introduce them to the merits of chemistry experiments, dissections, circuitry, 3D printing and/or programming?

Consider one of our summer camps for kids!

Details

Grades

Completion of Kindergarten-Grade 8 by summer 2020, depending on the camp.

Please consult the table below for the grade requirements for each camp. Please note that the grades indicated in our schedule refer to the grade that the participant must have completed this academic year.


Location

  • University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Avenue (SITE building at the University of Ottawa)

Visit the Off-Campus Satellite Camps page for more options.

Hours

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • We offer free on-campus before and after care during drop-off and pick-up hours from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost

  • To be determined

Information package


FAQ

  • Please consult our FAQ page for common questions.

Registration

  • More details on registration will be updated early 2020
Description of camp programs

EngSci Camp

Grade completed: JK to 6

Our EngSci camp is designed for youth who have just completed junior kindergarten to students who completed grade 6. This camp will give them the opportunity to discover and learn through chemistry experiments, dissections, physics challenges, 3D printing, electrical circuits, robotics & much more! Participants will gain access to our various university labs such as the uOttawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace, the electrical engineering lab, and the chemistry lab. Campers will get the opportunity to build and create a wide array of projects such as custom-designed 3D models, mechanical machines, and circuits.

Campers will be grouped with children close in age. Projects are specifically designed for the various age groups and are different every year. EngSci camp projects change week-by-week and are not cumulative, so a participant may register for only EngSci 2 without requiring EngSci 1. Additionally, a participant may register for all four weeks without repeating any projects.

Throughout the week, the participant will get the chance to play indoor and outdoor games.

During select weeks, younger participants may be completing a variety of hands-on activities at a nearby elementary school which would be outfitted with uOttawa 3D printers, iPad minis, microscopes, dissection tools, and chemistry equipment. We are currently in the process of reserving classrooms and will update this page when the location is confirmed.


GirlSci Camp

Grade completed: 2 to 4

To address the underrepresentation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, the goal of this program is to offer a favorable environment for young girls to discover the wonders and merits of science & engineering. The instructor of GirlSci will be a female science or engineering student. In our GirlSci camps, young girls will get the opportunity to discover and learn through chemistry experiments, dissections, physics challenges, 3D printing, electrical circuits, robotics & much more! Participants will gain access to our various university labs such as the uOtttawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace, the electrical engineering lab, and the chemistry lab. Campers will get the opportunity to build and create a wide array of projects such as custom-designed 3D models, mechanical machines, and circuits.

Projects are specifically designed for the specific age group and are different every year. GirlSci camp projects change week-by-week and are not cumulative, so a participant may register for only GirlSci 2 without requiring GirlSci 1. Additionally, a participant may register for all four weeks without repeating any projects. Please note that this program may be run bilingually (French and English girls may be placed together, with a bilingual instructor).

Throughout the week the participant will get the chance to play indoor and outdoor games.


MiniMed Camp

Grade completed: 4-6

Participants will have the chance to discover the fascinating world of medicine at the MiniMed summer camp! They will explore different aspects of this wonderful profession through diverse clinical skill activities and will get an introduction to certain medical aspects by participating in chemistry experiments, using microscopes, and modelling in 3D. They will also learn about human anatomy by manipulating models, completing dissections, and participating in several interactive games. By taking part in this medical camp, participants will learn about the workings of the human body, the role of each organ, and the job of a doctor. Break periods and outdoor games are scheduled in advance.

Minimed camp projects change week-by-week and are not cumulative, so a participant may register for only Minimed 2 without requiring Minimed 1. Additionally, a participant may register for both weeks without repeating any projects. 


EngTech Camp

Grade completed: 4 to 7

Our EngTech camp is designed for youth who have completed grades 4 to 7, and it will give participants an opportunity to use real computer science & electrical engineering labs! Campers will get to work on a variety of computer-based projects like animation, programming, game creation, 3D modeling & web design. Participants will also get the opportunity to do hands-on projects relating to engineering and technology such as laser cutting and circuit design.

Projects are specifically designed for the various age groups and are different every year. EngTech camp projects change week-by-week and are not cumulative, so a participant may register for only EngTech 2 without requiring EngTech 1. Additionally, a participant may register for all four weeks without repeating any projects.

Throughout the week, the participant will get the chance to play indoor and outdoor games.

Adventures in Engineering and Science is proud to be participating in Codemakers, a national program powered by Actua and Google. Actua’s network members at post-secondary institutions across Canada will empower 100,000 youth with critical computer science skills and prepare them for their future roles as innovators in technology.www.actua.ca/codemakers

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MakerGirls Camp

Grade completed: 4 to 7

The MakerGirls camp is a program to address the underrepresentation of women in technical fields such as software engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. The goal of this program is to offer a non-threatening environment for young girls to discover the wonders and merits of engineering and programming. The instructor of MakerGirls camp will be a female science or engineering student who is passionate about computer science education.

At the MakerGirls camp, girls will get an opportunity to use real computer science & electrical engineering labs, including the uOttawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace and 3D printers! Campers will be able to show off their creative, collaborative, and problem-solving side by participating in a variety of computer-based projects such as animation, game creation, 3D modeling, programming & web design. Girls will also get the opportunity to do hands-on projects related to engineering and technology such as hardware dissections and circuit designs.

Projects are specifically designed for the specific age group and are different every year. MakerGirls camp projects change week-by-week and are not cumulative, so a participant may register for only MakerGirls 2 without requiring MakerGirls1. Additionally, a participant may register for all four weeks without repeating any projects. Please note that this program may be run bilingually (French and English girls may be placed together, with a bilingual instructor).

Throughout the week, the girls will get the chance to play indoor and outdoor games.

Adventures in Engineering and Science is proud to be participating in Codemakers, a national program powered by Actua and Google.  Actua’s network members at post-secondary institutions across Canada will empower 100,000 youth with critical computer science skills and prepare them for their future roles as innovators in technology.www.actua.ca/codemakers

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TeenSci Program

Grade completed : 7 to 9

The program challenges participants to try a variety of hands on science projects like dissections, 3D printing, circuit design, chemistry experiments and much more. Through these projects, participants will gain experience in various university laboratory facilities such as: the chemistry lab, electrical engineering lab, and uOttawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace. All teen programs (TeenSci, TeenTech, and Enrichment Courses) are bilingual. French and English participants will be placed together with a bilingual instructor. Additionally, the curriculum for TeenSci will not change significantly from week to week, nor year to year.


TeenTech Program

Grade completed : 7 to 9

The program challenges participants to try a variety of hands-on technology projects like Arduino programming, circuit design, Wii and Kinect interface hacking, coding, 3D modelling/printing and much more. Through these projects, participants will gain experience in various university laboratory facilities such as: the electrical engineering lab, computer lab, and uOttawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace.

All teen programs are bilingual. French and English participants will be placed together with a bilingual instructor. Additionally, the curriculum for TeenTech will not change significantly from week to week, nor year to year. 

Adventures in Engineering and Science is proud to be participating in Codemakers, a national program powered by Actua and Google.  Actua’s network members at post-secondary institutions across Canada will empower 100,000 youth with critical computer science skills and prepare them for their future roles as innovators in technology.www.actua.ca/codemakers

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Schedule

Dates EngSci GirlSci MiniMed EngTech MakerGirls TeenSci TeenTech
Grade completed JK-GR. 6 GR. 2-4 GR. 4-6 GR. 4-7 GR. 4-7 GR. 7-8 GR. 7-8
June 22-26

EngSci 1 ​​​​​

GirlSci 1 MiniMed 1 EngTech 1 MakerGirls 1    
June 29-July 3* EngSci 2 GirlSci 2 MiniMed 2 EngTech 2 MakerGirls 2 TeenSci 1  
July 6-10 EngSci 3

GirlSci 3

MiniMed 3 EngTech 3​​​​​​

MakerGirls 3

 

TeenTech 1​​​​

July 13-17

EngSci 4

GirlSci 4

MiniMed 4​​​​​

EngTech 4

MakerGirls 4

TeenSci 2

 

July 20-24 EngSci 1

GirlSci 1

MiniMed 1 EngTech 1 MakerGirls 1  

TeenTech 2

July 27-31 EngSci 2 GirlSci 2 MiniMed 2 EngTech 2 MakerGirls 2 TeenSci 1  
August 4-7** EngSci 3 GirlSci 3 MiniMed 3 EngTech 3 MakerGirls 3   TeenTech 1
August 10-14 EngSci 4 GirlSci 4 MiniMed 4 EngTech 4 MakerGirls 4 TeenSci 2  
August 17-21 EngSci 1

GirlSci 1​​​​​​

MiniMed 1

EngTech 1

MakerGirls 1​​   TeenTech 2
August 24-28***

EngSci 5​​​​

   

EngTech 2

     

* June 29 - July 3 is a 4-day week due to the holiday on July 1st
** August 4-7 is a 4-day week due to the civic holiday on August 3rd
*** Due to limited access to labs, EngSci 5 costs $240 for the week

Last updated August 28th, 2019 at 10 am.

 

Please note that although our youngest campers (JK - Grade 1) still get to do experiments, they will not be physically visiting the laboratories on the University of Ottawa campus. Instead, they will be located in a kid-friendly, classroom environment.

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