Faculty of Science Summer Camps

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Summer 2020 Update

In alignment with the announcement on April 23 from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and in the interest of public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Science has canceled all summer camps and in-person community engagement for the summer of 2020.

Online Camps Coming Week of July 27

As the K-12 school year draws to an official close, we wanted to update you about our upcoming summer programming plans. We are excited to let you know we will be releasing online courses exploring five different scientific themes this summer. These courses are being created by a small group of engaging summer camp leaders, focusing on the following topics (see descriptions below): 

  • Animals

  • Dinosaurs

  • Geology

  • Minecraft

  • Space


 

Need to Know:

What are science camp online courses? 

These are low-cost online courses that can be taken at any time by learners in the comfort of their home. They feature content videos on science topics, interviews with our camp leaders and researchers, activities that can be replicated at home with a small amount of supplies, and online learning tools and quizzes to test knowledge of the subject. The courses are designed primarily for grades four to six, but can be completed by those younger and older who are interested in the subject area. The courses can be completed at the learner’s own pace, but are designed to be completed in 5-10 hours. We would recommend about 1-2 hours per day over the course of a week spent on videos, activities, and quizzes. Some of the at-home activities require materials that are easily found at home and may require parental supervision.

When will courses be available, and where can I find out more information? 

Starting July 20, we will have a link to register on this website. In the meantime, check out the course descriptions below and mark your calendars to register and start on July 20.

How do you sign up and participate? 

  1. Starting July 20, the learner will need to create an account on the Coursera platform with a parent or guardian over the age of 14.
  2. Starting July 20, a parent or guardian will register the learner for online courses using our Faculty of Science registration system found on our website. They will be asked to agree to our waiver and pay our course fees ($20 per course including GST). All fees will be directed through our registration system and not Coursera.
  3. Wait for email confirmation and access to your new online courses.

What are the course fees?

All courses are priced at $20.00 including GST, with a special option to select all 5 courses for $80.00. 

 

2020 Science Online Camp Offerings


Introduction to Animals

Course Description:

Come along on this exciting adventure to learn more about the animals inhabiting our planet.  Animals are fascinating and unique. You will get to take part in many fun activities like creating a bird feeder and a “toad abode” to bring the wildlife to you. You will even get to be your own backyard scientist! Topics covered in this course will explore the worlds of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, focusing on how an animal’s features determine how its body works. 

Who this course is for:
This introductory course is intended for learners who want to know more about the study of animals. Anyone with a passion for the natural world will appreciate this course. The material is designed for children in grades four to six, though can also be enjoyed by younger and older children. Adult supervision is recommended for some of our at-home activities, but videos and quizzes can be completed independently. Children will need to create an account with an adult.


Introduction to Dinosaurs and Paleontology

Course Description:

Did you know that Alberta is home to some of the richest deposits of dinosaur fossils in the world? Explore the prehistoric past with our world-famous paleontologists, and tour our museums and collections online. This course provides foundational knowledge and activities for the topic of dinosaurs. Topics covered in this course include dinosaur classification, the study of paleontology, the fossilization process and stratigraphy, dinosaur adaptations and behaviours, the geologic time scale, and more.

Who this course is for: 

This introductory course is intended for learners who want to know more about the study of dinosaurs. Anyone with a passion for the prehistoric past will appreciate this course.  The material is designed for children in grades four to six, though can also be enjoyed by younger and older children. Adult supervision is recommended for some of our at home activities, but videos and quizzes can be completed independently. Children will need to create an account with an adult.


Introduction to Geology

Course Description:

Have you ever wondered what Earth looked like billions of years ago? How old is our planet? What causes earthquakes? How are rocks classified? Why does Alberta look different from other parts of the world? Topics covered in this course include minerals and rocks and their classification, processes occurring within Earth and at its surface, earthquakes, weathering and erosion, glaciers, volcanoes, and the rich geological history of Alberta.

Who this course is for: 

This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about the world around them. Anyone with a passion for the outdoors and the physical environment will appreciate this course. The material is designed for children in grades four to six, but can also be enjoyed by younger and older children. Adult supervision is recommended for some at-home activities, but videos and quizzes can be completed individually. Children will need to create an account with an adult.


Introduction to Minecraft

Course Description:

Have you ever wondered how to build awesome structures and mechanisms in Minecraft? Or maybe you’re still a beginner trying to figure out how to find your first diamond ore? No matter your current skill level, we invite you to Introduction to Minecraft, an online adventure into the most creative game around. Have an excellent time creating, crafting, and discovering. By the end of the course, you’ll have a fully customized base that you’ve built in your own world, complete with redstone contraptions, efficient farms, a mining system, and so much more. 

Who this course is for:
This course is intended for learners who want to know more about everything Minecraft. Whether you play on the computer (Java edition) or tablet, phone, Xbox or PS4 (Bedrock Edition), you’ll learn some handy tips and tricks to become the best Minecrafter you can be! This online course is intended for children approximately in grades two to six, but all ages are welcome with parental support. The first module will cover the basics of Minecraft, so even if you have no experience,you are welcome to join. You will need a device that you’re able to play Minecraft on, and children will need to create an account with an adult.


Introduction to Space Science

Course Description:

Have you ever looked up at the stars on a clear night and wondered just how big the universe is, or how scientists can know so much about things so far away? Join us in this introductory space course to take a trip through the universe and explore these questions. This course provides introductory knowledge and activities for the topic of space science. Topics covered in this course include phases of the moon, constellations, meteorites, our solar system, black holes, and more.

Who this course is for: 

This course is intended for learners who want to know more about our place in the universe, and some of the methods scientists use to study space. Anyone with a passion for space science will appreciate this course. The material is designed for children in grades four to six, but can be enjoyed by older and younger children. Adult supervision is recommended for some of our at-home activities, but videos and quizzes can be completed independently. Children will need to create an account with an adult.