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.

Language

  • Camps are unilingual (English or French), depending on the needs of the participants.
  • Camp groups are occasionally bilingual (English and French) if there is low registration.

Location

  • University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Avenue, SITE (map)

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

Hours

  • 9:00 a.m. to 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. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost

  • $300 per week ($250 per week for 4-day weeks, due to civic holidays)

Lunch

  • Lunch is not provided by the camp. We ask that all campers bring their own peanut/nut-free lunch. Lunches are eaten at the cafeteria, in classrooms or outside. Please note that microwaves are not always readily available. Campers are asked not to bring any money to camp.
  • On Fridays, a pizza lunch and juice will be provided for campers. The only food restrictions we can accommodate are vegetarian and nut-free choices.

Information package

Registration

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

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 to 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.


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.


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.

Schedule

Camps offered by week

Weeks

EngSci
(JK to GR. 6)

GirlSci
(GR. 2 to 4)

MiniMed
(GR. 4 to 6)
EngTech
(GR. 4 to 7)
MakerGirls
(GR. 4 to 7)
TeenSci
(GR. 7 to 8)
TeenTech
(GR. 7 to 8)
June 22nd to 26th

EngSci 1 ​​​​​

GirlSci 1 MiniMed 1 EngTech 1 MakerGirls 1    
June 29th to July 3rd* EngSci 2 GirlSci 2 MiniMed 2 EngTech 2 MakerGirls 2 TeenSci 1  
July 6th to 10th EngSci 3

GirlSci 3

MiniMed 3 EngTech 3​​​​​​

MakerGirls 3

 

TeenTech 1​​​​

July 13th to 17th

EngSci 4

GirlSci 4

MiniMed 4​​​​​

EngTech 4

MakerGirls 4

TeenSci 2

 

July 20th to 24th EngSci 1

GirlSci 1

MiniMed 1 EngTech 1 MakerGirls 1  

TeenTech 2

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

GirlSci 1​​​​​​

MiniMed 1

EngTech 1

MakerGirls 1​​   TeenTech 2
August 24th to 28th

EngSci 2

GirlSci 2 MiniMed 2

EngTech 2

MakerGirls 2    

August 31st to
September 4th***

EngSci 5     EngTech 5      

* June 29th to July 3rd is a 4-day week due to the holiday on July 1st.
** August 4th to 7th is a 4-day week due to the civic holiday on August 3rd.
*** Due to limited access to labs, EngSci 5 costs $240 and EngTech 5 costs $290 for the week.

Please note that although our youngest campers (JK to 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.

Frequently-asked questions

Projects

Are the same projects repeated each year?

For our summer camps, similar types of projects are repeated from year to year such as 3D printing, chemistry experiments, and dissections. The specific projects themselves differ each year. 

Why are some camps numbered? (Ex: EngSci 2)

The numbers 1 through 4 simply represent the number of different weeks of camp. For example, there are four different weeks of EngSci. The format and schedule are the same each week, but the projects are different. It is therefore possible for a camper to take part in four consecutive weeks of EngSci without repeating the same projects. The weeks are independent from one another and are non-cumulative. It is therefore possible for your child to attend week 4 before week 2 without a problem.


Registration

How do I make a change to my registration?

Please e-mail us at adventures@uOttawa.ca or call us at 613-562-5491 to request any changes to your registration. If you wish to modify the camp language, type of camp, or camp location we would be happy to accommodate your request, given that there are spots available.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate schedule changes (regarding the date of the camp) with less than two weeks’ notice before the start of the camp you're requesting to change.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the start date of your registered camp and receive a refund. However, a $30 administrative fee will be charged for every refund. We cannot offer a refund if a cancellation is made with less than two weeks’ notice.

I am currently on a waiting list. What is the next step?

Our team will contact you if a spot arises, and advise you on how to proceed with payment. You can contact our team to determine where you are on the waiting list by calling the Engineering Outreach Office.

Can my four-year old attend a camp?

Children who have completed a full year of junior kindergarten are eligible to participate in one of our camps. Please note that a proof of completion may be requested.

What is your behavioural policy?

If behavioural problems should arise with your child: an administrator will contact you regarding the incident, and if necessary, they will issue a warning.

If the problem persists or is unacceptable: the participant may be removed from our summer program. We absolutely do not tolerate any violence, bullying or disrespect in our programs.


Programming

Do the kids get to go outside and exercise or are they inside all day long?

The campers get breaks throughout the day to go outside and play, and every Friday, we will be playing team-building games outside, weather permitting. *Certain locations only* kids will get the chance to visit the splash pad next to the school, weather permitting.

If my child and their friend are both registered for the same camp, will they be grouped together?

There are multiple groups within each program, so please indicate in the comments section of your registration if you would like your child to be placed with a friend or family member.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any groupings (especially if the children's languages, grades or camps are different). We will do our best to accommodate your request. No group changes will be made after 12 p.m. on the first day of camp.


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Help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance-free. The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma, allergies and other medical conditions. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, aftershave and other fragrance. Use unscented personal care products.

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